How to make scented paper

Updated April 17, 2017

Scented homemade paper is a good gift and can be made into personalised stationary. The scents can be added using vanilla, rum or almond extract. Coffee or tea, herbs and spices can also be used. These types of scent additives are best when making scented paper because they are not oily. Oiliness can make the paper unusable. The process for making this type of paper is simple and can be done by kids with some adult supervision.

Rip or cut the scrap paper into bits and place in your bowl.

Cover the paper bits with warm water and soak for 3-4 hours.

Strain the paper and put the soaked paper into your blender. Add three cups of warm water and 2-3 teaspoons of your scent.

Mix at a high speed until the paper is obliterated into a pulp floating in the warm water.

Hold the window screen over your bathtub and with your other hand, pour the mixture from the blender container onto the screen. Move the blender container from side to side so that the pulp is poured evenly over the screen. You don't have to cover the entire screen, but make sure the area you do cover doesn't have any holes.

Put the window screen between the pieces of plywood and press down on the sandwich so that excess water will ooze out of the pulp.

Take the top board off of the screen and flip the screen over on top of a piece of cardboard. Rub your hand along the screen to make the paper drop onto the cardboard.

Leave the paper on the cardboard to dry. This will take around 24 hours, depending on the humidity of your location.

Cut the paper into a square shape.


Add more or less of your scent to make the paper smell as strong as you want.


Supervise children as they use the blender and scissors.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap paper (do not use waxy papers)
  • Blender
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons scent
  • Large bowl
  • Window screen
  • 2 pieces of plywood cut to the same size as window screen
  • Bathtub
  • Sheets of cardboard cut to the same size as window screen
  • Warm water
  • Strainer
  • Scissors
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Since 1998 Alina McKee has written for dozens of traditional and online beauty, fashion, health and parenting publications including, Mama Health and Real Beauty. As a professional artist, her articles about these subjects have been used in magazines and websites around the globe. McKee has a diploma in fine art from Stratford Art School.