New Zealand Community Education Centres

Paper Making - Using Native Plants

Paper is such a common material but have you ever wondered what it actually is? Join this 3-hour workshop and find out how to make your own paper using native plants, including harakeke. All materials provided.


The workshop will combine the history and social impact of paper with the opportunity for you to make your own paper from native plants, and get your share of what we’ll make.

As well as making simple papers, take the chance to express your creative ideas and explore techniques for making unique paper and paper-based products.

Suitable for all skill levels - you just need a willingness to get your hands wet!

By the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to:
• Understand what paper is, how it is made and the origins of papermaking
• Recognise how paper differs from other writing surfaces e.g. amate, papyrus and tapa
• Describe how and why different papers have different properties
• Make paper from a suspension of pulp in water • Describe the how and why of the pressing and drying stages
• Describe how to make papermaking equipment

All materials included. (Note: Finished papers will be posted out after the workshop, once they’ve had a chance to dry). 

Note:  Courses need a minimum number to go ahead so if we don't have enough enrolments a few days before the start date, we have to cancel. We'll let you know by email so please check yours regularly. If you need to cancel your registration, here are our terms and conditions: "What You Need to Know".