How to Make Paper


Embossing Paper
Flat objects like keys and buttons work well for embossing paper.
Flat objects like keys and buttons work well for embossing paper.

Embossing paper is double the fun because you get to go on a "treasure hunt" to collect your supplies before you do the embossing. Look for flat objects, such as paper clips and keys, around your house.

You don't need special tools; just place a piece of lightweight paper over an object and rub the paper over it with your finger. When you lift the paper, you'll see the textured shape on the paper. You've just created embossed paper.

What You'll Need

Lightweight paper

Flat objects such as paper clips, keys, or buttons

Poster board (optional)

How to Make Embossed Designs

Step 1: Rub over an object with your finger; move the object around under the paper. Use a key to make the petals of a flower.

Step 2: Or cut a wavy edge on a strip of poster board, and use it to make an embossed line at the top and bottom of your paper. It's a pretty decoration for stationery.

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