One of the newer innovations in building and casting material formulas, concrete made partially from paper has the strength of traditional concrete while being more lightweight and fibrous. Another benefit of paper concrete is the use of recycled material, such as old newspaper. Use your own newsprint to create sturdy paper concrete for use in a variety of building and art projects.
Things You'll Need
- Shredded newspaper
- Waxed paper
- Coffee grinder
- Mixing bowl or bucket
- Concrete powder
Create hard pellets of newspaper. Fill a blender with shredded newspaper and one cup of water. Blend to a pulp. Form the pulp into fingertip-sized pellets, but don't pack them too tightly, working with them like clay. Let them dry on waxed paper.
Grind the pellets into fine powder using the coffee grinder. Do them a few at a time, filling the grinder about half full each time.
Make a mixture of one part paper powder, one part concrete powder in a dry bucket or mixing bowl. Thoroughly stir up the two powders with your hands to ensure an even mixture.
Mix water with the concrete powder a little at a time. Control the consistency of the concrete mix by controlling the amount of water you mix in. Make thick concrete, with less water, for sculpted projects like modeling or bricks, but make thinner concrete if you're laying concrete on a flat surface.
Tips & Warnings
- Though your blender and coffee grinder are strong enough to grind paper, this project will wear down blades if you do it often. If you plan to make large batches or multiple batches of paper concrete, have replacement blades on hand.
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