With all of the fall and Winter Holidays approaching I thought I would be fun to show you How To Make Quick And Easy Homemade Parchment. It’s great for making Note Cards, Calendar Covers, Envelopes, or Journal Covers.
To get started, all you need is some Wax Paper, Plastic Wrap, Three Sheets of Paper, Scissors or Decorative Edge Scissors and some Dried Flowers or Leaves.
First, Tear off a piece of Wax Paper the size of the project you want to make also Tear off a piece of Plastic Wrap.
Take your Wax Paper and crumple it up into a ball.
Then Open the Wax Paper back up and smooth it out until it lies flat. The crinkles will give your paper a nice “Parchmenty” look.
Next, Fold the piece of Wax Paper in half.
Now take your Plastic Wrap and lay it on top of the Wax Paper starting at the fold keeping the Clingy Side Up. This should be the side that adheres best. (Please be aware that not all Plastic Wrap works as a good “glue”. Try a different kind if it doesn’t work at all. Most that I have tried will work, even if imperfectly.)
Sprinkle some of your Dried Flowers or Leaves on top of the Plastic Wrap.
Next, fold the Wax Paper over the Plastic Wrap to form a Parchment Sandwich.
Then, go to your ironing board and put them Two pieces of Protective Paper on top of the ironing board cover and turn on your iron to a medium heat.
Place Parchment Sandwich on top of the paper making sure that None of the Plastic Wrap touches the ironing board cover and
Cover this with another piece of Paper to protect your iron from the Wax Paper and Plastic Wrap.
Now you are ready to iron. Begin pressing your Parchment Sandwich, first on One Side and then the Other making sure that you cover all areas of the Parchment. The layers should stick together.
You now have a piece of Homemade Parchment ready to finish the edges. One edge finish I like is a Torn Edge. The edges can also be Cut with regular Scissors or Decorative Edge Scissors. If you are going to use a Torn Edge, you need to Tear it Immediately after Pressing, so that it will tear more Easily.
After you finish your edges the way you want them, press your Parchment again to make sure that it sticks together and stable.
I like to make Note Cards with my Parchment. To do so, you first need to fold your piece of Parchment in half.
Now, take a piece of Pretty Paper or Wrapping Paper. Fold this in half , and cut a little smaller than your note card.
Insert the paper into your Note Card and tack down with glue or you can bind it with ribbon or string, tying it on the outside.
Tying Note Card Insert – 1
Tying Note Card Insert – 2
Tying Note Card Insert – 3
You now have a Finished Parchment Note Card.
If you like to do Stamping, you can Stamp your Note Card fairly easily. However, they are difficult to write on.
You can use the same process to make an Envelope for your Note Card.
Homemade Parchment is also nice to use for Calendar Covers or Journal Covers. The only limit is your imagination.
Here is a brief video of the that I made of the process of Making Quick And Easy Homemade Parchment.
I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial. Have fun making your own Homemade Parchment and make sure you let me know what kind of projects you have used it for.