How to Make Papyrus Paper with Coffee: A Step-by-Step Guide

I love exploring different craft techniques and finding creative ways to make unique and beautiful items. One technique that has always fascinated me is papermaking. There’s something incredibly satisfying about creating your own paper from scratch. Recently, I stumbled upon a fascinating method of making paper using coffee and papyrus. In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through the process of making papyrus paper with coffee, allowing you to create your very own ancient-looking paper.

Gather Your Materials

To get started on this paper-making journey, you’ll need to gather a few materials. Firstly, you’ll need some used coffee grounds. Collect them from your daily ritual or ask your local coffee shop if they can save some for you. You’ll also need some white printer paper, a blender, a large basin or bucket, a wooden board, a sponge, a rolling pin, a mesh screen, two flat boards, some absorbent cloth, and a few heavy objects like books or bricks.

Brew Fresh Coffee

The first step in making papyrus paper with coffee is to brew a fresh pot of coffee using your used coffee grounds. This will give your paper a lovely dark brown color. Allow the coffee to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Prepare the Paper Pulp

Next, take your white printer paper and tear it into small pieces. The smaller the pieces, the easier they will be to blend later on. Place the torn paper pieces into your blender, adding enough brewed coffee to cover the paper. Let the paper soak in the coffee for about 10 minutes to ensure it absorbs the color.

Blend the Paper Mixture

Once the paper has soaked, blend the mixture on a low setting until you achieve a smooth, pulp-like consistency. You may need to add more coffee if the mixture is too thick. Remember, you want the pulp to be thick enough to spread on the screen but not so thin that it becomes watery.

Prepare the Workspace

Now that you have your paper pulp ready, it’s time to prepare your workspace. Lay down some newspapers or a plastic tablecloth to protect your surface from any mess. Place the large basin or bucket filled halfway with water in the center of your workspace. This will be used to submerge your screen and catch the paper pulp.

Add the Paper Pulp to the Screen

Take a handful of the paper pulp mixture and spread it evenly on the mesh screen. Use your hands or the back of a spoon to spread and press the pulp, ensuring it covers the entire screen. This will form the first layer of your papyrus paper.

Drain and Press the Paper

After you have spread the pulp on the screen, gently lift it out of the water, allowing the excess water to drain off. Place the screen on a flat board and use a sponge to press out the remaining water. Repeat this process until you have used up all of your paper pulp or achieved the desired thickness for your paper.

Drying and Pressing

Once the excess water has been removed, place a piece of absorbent cloth on top of the wet paper pulp. Place another flat board on top of the cloth. You can add some weight on top, such as books or bricks, to help press the paper and remove any remaining moisture. Leave it to dry for at least 24 hours.

Remove the Dried Paper

After the paper has thoroughly dried, carefully remove it from the cloth. You’ll notice that it has a lovely texture and a subtle coffee aroma. The paper may be slightly wrinkled, but don’t worry – this adds to its ancient charm. Your papyrus paper is now ready to be used for various creative projects!

Unleash Your Creativity

With your homemade papyrus paper in hand, you have a world of possibilities at your fingertips. Consider using it for writing letters, creating unique artwork, making bookmarks, or even crafting personalized gift tags. The earthy tones and natural texture of the paper will add a special touch to any project.


Making papyrus paper with coffee is an exciting and innovative way to combine ancient techniques with modern materials. Not only is it a fun and creative process, but the end result is a beautiful and unique paper that captures the essence of ancient Egypt. So go ahead and give it a try; let your imagination run wild, and create something truly extraordinary with your own hands.

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