Paper Towel Paper

(This photo is paper made with a different kind of fern then the one in the video below.)

Have you ever heard of Paper Towel Paper?

A few days ago I made a post asking you to guess what this was.

Years ago I saw an episode of the Carol Duvall Show which unfortunately–as far as I know–is no longer on the air.  On this particular episode Carol had a guest (I don’t remember who) come on and demonstrate making paper out of paper towels.  When I saw it I remember thinking that it was super cool.  I made some shortly after the show aired–just for the fun of it.  Recently I had another go at it.   Here are the results.

Materials needed:


2 Pieces of Plastic Canvas

Small Spray bottle



1 Sheet of paper towel (Cheap paper towels seem to split apart the easiest.  Splitting ply-or layers-of paper towel is demonstrated in the video below.)

Flowers, leaves, stickers, magazine cutouts, etc. to layer in between the paper towel ply

To Make Glue Water:

Fill bottle half full and add enough glue to make the water lightly milky-colored.  If you find that you don’t get enough stiffness out of the paper once you have let it dry, you can re-spray with a thicker glue mixture.

How to Make the Paper:

I’ve included a short video (My FIRST!), with no sound other than the sounds of the demonstration.  (Yep, I disappeared for a split second while I retrieved a forgotten item and almost dropped the finished product at the end of the video!  Nobody said it had to be perfect, did they?  I decided not to do  retake, but instead, give you have a laugh.)


For more photo examples of Paper Towel Paper, go here.

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Paper Towel Paper — 4 Comments

    • It is very easy and fun and the best part is experimenting creatively to see how different things work inside the paper. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by, Susan! 🙂 (If you try it, take some photos and share them with me! I’d love to see what your children come up with!)

  1. Visiting here from the blog party. I also loved Carol Duvall’s shows. Love your writing style. Would love u to visit my site. I’m still learning.

    • Hi Julie! I’m so glad you found my site through the 5 Minutes for Mom Ultimate Blog Party. Your compliment is much appreciated! There is so much to learn and I personally feel like it is a life-long process–so don’t feel alone. 🙂 I’m headed over to visit your site right now. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you come back again soon.

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