Turn Sunday's Newspaper Into Monday's Framed Portrait

Learn how to turn newspaper into decorative paper that you can use as gift wrap stationery or run it through the printer to print your favorite photographs.

Did you know Sunday’s newspaper could become Monday’s framed portrait?  

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Not only can you use old newspaper to make decorative sheets of artisanal paper, you can run it through the printer too.

In this episode of DIY This With Jennifer Perkins learn how to make paper that can be used in card making, gift wrap or run through the printer.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins


  • newspaper
  • dedicated blender
  • craft paint
  • vat or bin
  • screen
  • picture frame
  • scissors
  • cooking spray
  • old towels
  • glitter
  • printer

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Using a picture frame make what is called a deckle. You will need to remove the glass and stand, use only the frame portion.

Measure the frame on a piece of screen and cut two pieces of screen to that size. Attach one of the screen pieces to the picture frame. Be sure the screen is pulled tight.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Tear the newspaper into shreds. (In the video above, there are also options for using toilet paper and paper towels.)

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

In a blender combine a fist full of newspaper and water. (Go slow, blending too much paper at once could burn out the motor on your blender.) Add paint to the mix. Darker more saturated colors of paint are better when working with newspaper.

Fill the plastic bin with the pulp mixture.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Spray the deckle (frame with screen) lightly with cooking oil and submerge it in the bin. Pull the deckle up and the screen should have acted as a fence catching the red paper pulp. Add embellishments like glitter or confetti on top.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Coat the second piece of screen with cooking spray and place it on top of the paper. Blot it dry with old towels. When most of the moisture has been absorbed, remove the top screen and flip the piece of paper out of deckle and onto towels for drying. Most sheets take 24 hours to dry. You can also speed up the process with a hairdryer.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Trim edges of dry paper smooth. If you're going to print a photo on your new paper, choose a black and white photo with high contrast for best results. Insert the paper into your printer and hit print.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Frame your picture, make it into a card or use it in a scrapbook. Hard to believe that this decorative piece was once a sheet of newspaper.

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