How to Use Pineapple Leaves for Handmade Papers

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The leaves of pineapples are tough and fibrous, making for a strong homemade paper. This technique of making paper takes a little time, but a home kitchen provides the right environment for the project. Knowing how to make paper out of pineapple leaves gives you the ability to use most parts of the pineapple you bring home from a grocery store.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. pineapple leaves
  • 1 lb. shredded paper
  • 8 qt. stockpot
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Potato masher
  • 2 framed screens
  • Add the pineapple leaves and shredded paper to the stockpot. Pour in 3 gallons of water.

  • Cover the pot and simmer it for two hours. During this time the leaves and paper will turn into a sludgy paste like mixture.

  • Place one of the mesh screens horizontally across your kitchen sink so that it hovers over the drain. You can obtain these at craft supply stores in paper crafting sections. Spray a layer of nonstick spray over the surface of the screen. This adds to a nonstick texture for removing paper when it is done.

  • Pour the sludgy and fibrous mixture over the center of the screen. The moisture will drain from beneath it into the sink. Use the potato masher to spread the sludge evenly over the screen in a sheet shape and mash down firmly to expel more water.

  • Cover the sludge covered screen with the second screen. Sit it outside to dry for two to three days. If you live in a humid environment, give it a week or two. Remove the top screen and carefully peel away your homemade paper.

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