Paper from Banana Peels
Remove the stem and blossom end of four banana peels. Unripe peels work best, but you can use just-ripened peels, too.
Place the skins in a sunny area such as your windowsill or deck until they transition from yellow to entirely black. They’ll be ready to use in your homemade paper recipe as soon as they are completely devoid of all moisture and pliability.
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Allow the material to soften for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The rehydrated banana skins are now ready to be added to the paper slurry already in your blender. Once you augment the mixture with an additional cup of water, replace the lid and process on high until it all comes together in texture and consistency.
Place your papermaking mold and deckle in the bottom of a plastic basin with the glass frame facing up. Slowly pour the paper slurry inside the mold while concurrently raising the double frame so all the excess water in your paper mixture drains through. Make sure the paper pulp covers the entire surface area of the mold by hand-pressing it into place; this step will reduce the moisture content so it is easier to release your homemade banana paper sheet from its frame.
With a large damp cloth covering your table, place the mold/deckle on top so the deckle frame can be immediately removed, followed by the mold itself. What will remain is a somewhat solid sheet of recycled banana skin-paper pulp that must be cured before use. Allow it to dry for approximately 24 hours or until all water has evaporated.