Thursday, December 16, 2010

How I Made Those Pressed Paper Ornaments

It all began a few years ago when I saw a beautiful Christmas tree cookie mold in a small village shop in France.  The tree stood on a table, candles adorned the tips of its branches.  It looked old fashioned and beautiful. I remembered that I had cookie molds like this at home hanging on my kitchen walls. Shortly after that, I saw cookies and paper ornaments made from these molds in Martha Stewart's magazine purchased from the wonderful website: House on The Hill, which makes reproduction molds of traditional, highly detailed cookie molds 
I decided to try it and gathered the "ingredients."

You need:
paper (ready to be recycled), white or any color
If your paper is white, you can dye it with other paper or with coffee.  I used coffee for the antique looking ones.
paper linters - these are high cotton fibers that strengthen the paper
paper additive available as the paper linters are also though House On The Hill or Arnold Grummer's Paper Casting
Cookie molds
mold release spray
hair dryer
water color paints

Spray all molds with mold release spray. Mush the paper in the blender with the coffee (if you want an antique look). Use water and colored paper if you wish.  Add 1/8 tsp additive and whirl up the mixture again.

You'll end up with a pulp of paper. Drop this into a sieve and drain out most of the water by bouncing it.

Drop the mound of paper pulp onto the cookie mold and spread it out to the edges.

It is still very wet.

Pat the paper pulp down with a sponge. This forces the paper into the fine details of the mold and it takes out some of the water.  Keep doing this, pressing down and absorbing up the water. 

Dry the paper with a hair dryer.

Press and pound firmly onto a towel to further dry the paper and create a good sharp design.

Using a paring knife, pry up the edges of the paper and carefully lift it from the mold

Let the various designs dry flat.

See the wonderful detail?

Clean the mold with a mushroom brush.

When the paper cast is dry (24 - 48 hours) paint the details with water color, or if you want, add glitter.  Use a needle and thread to add a string hanger to make an ornament. Enjoy! 

1 comment:

  1. You are amazing, Miss Loris! Thanks for posting.