Corn husks can be used to make a wide variety of projects including making paper. The paper made from corn husk is called papyrus and can be used in art projects and in a variety of other ways. Making papyrus is a process that can involve you and the whole family. Children can be walked through the process. Use this activity as a weekend craft activity or simply to create your own papyrus for fun.
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Things you need
- Several ears of corn
- Four 10-inch long boards
- 1/2 yard of window screening
- Staple gun with staples
- Garbage bag
- Duct tape
- Crock pot
- White paper
Carefully peel the husks from the corn cobs. Remove the corn silk carefully and place your husks near a window in the sun to dry over night.
Cut your boards to the lengths you want your paper. Nail the boards into a rectangular shape at the corners and place it on top of your screening. Cut the screening with your scissors around your wooden frame and staple it into place with your staple gun.
Staple rolled up garbage bags along the ends of the screening and cover the ends of the screen with duct tape. Never cover the exposed screen with tape as this will ruin your frame.
Cut the dried husks with your scissors until they are about an inch long. Place them in a crock pot, fill it with water and let the crock pot simmer for 12 hours. Blend the corn husks until they are pulpy.
Put the pulp into a strainer to remove the liquid husk. Place the mould into a sink filled with water and place your husks in the water above the mould. Pull the mould upwards with the screened end to drape pulp over the screen.
Store your mould over top of a pan until it dries. Use a small sponge to remove moisture from the paper every few hours. Wait at least two days before attempting to remove the paper. Place mould paper side down and softly run your fingers over the screen to remove the paper.
Place your corn husk sheet between two pieces of white paper and iron it to flatten the corn husk paper. Your paper is ready to use.
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