(Closed) making spa/beauty boxes for my bridesmaids, need help on making paper pulp

posted 8 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
380 posts
Helper bee

Did you make the paper in the picture?

I have a paper-making kit that makes paper like that…  you could make sheets of paper and glue them.  Or they don’t have to be sheets – sometimes I would take cookie cutters, put them on the papermaking screen, and just throw the pulp at it to make paper shapes.

To make paper pulp, you just have to throw paper and water in a blender.  I’m not sure what the paper mache boxes are… but can they get wet without being destroyed?  The problem with the pulp is that you need something to help drain or absorb the water.  If you don’t have a screen, maybe straining the pulp through cheesecloth to remove some water, and put the pulp on the dampened box?  Don’t know if it would work – never tried it!

Post # 5
1580 posts
Bumble bee

I’ve made paper like that too. Bug in a rug is right. Just use a blender and some water. I’ve never tried putting the pulp on something though- I’ve only used screens to make sheets of paper. Perhaps after you blend it all up, you can take the pulp and squeeze most of the water out, and then add some elmers glue to the mixture and attempt to stick it to the box like that???

Another totally different way to achieve that textured look would be to get a spray paint with texture and just spray the boxes.

Post # 6
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

nylons stretched over a picture frame or some other type of frame make an easy do-it-at-home screen for paper making. 

Post # 7
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Are they white paper mache boxes? Or like a cardboard color? If they are white… instead of gluing the paper pulp on them… you can get tissue paper to decorate them… rip the tissue for a more natural look, then using a water/glue mixture (more water than glue) brush over the tissue to get it to stick… Like what’s below but on the boxes, not jars obvi…

Post # 9
1129 posts
Bumble bee

Lauren’s idea above is going to get you close to what you were looking for, jsut use more than one layer of tissue paper over it. 

Post # 11
29 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

I know I’m of no help whatsoever, but I’d just like to say that your gift idea is adorable! Really, that is so thoughtful, practical, and very girly and cute. You’re a sweetheart!

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