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Dryer Lint Modeling Material

Once upon a time, a daughter decided that she wanted to “make paper” for her science fair experiment. We had been told you could make paper from dryer lint and decided to give it a try. (BTW – you can also read more about making paper for a science fair project here…) After several hours at the library, we found a “recipe” for making paper from dryer lint. This is taken from “Recipes for Art and Craft Materials” by Helen Roney Sattler.

We tried this recipe. It does not make “paper” per se, but it does make a paper-like modeling goo which can be formed into flat sheets. It is lumpy and bumpy… and it’s slightly gross to make. The oil of wintergreen makes it stink less so I would go buy some and be sure to use it.


  • 3 cups of dryer lint
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2/3 cups regular flour
  • 3 drops oil of wintergreen
  • old newspaper


  1. Take old newspaper and spread several thicknesses onto a waterproof surface. (The garage floor or patio works well.)
  2. Put lint and water in a large saucepan. Stir to dampen all of the lint.
  3. Add flour and stir quickly and thoroughly to prevent lumps.
  4. Add oil of wintergreen.
  5. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture holds together and forms peaks.
  6. Pour mixture onto newspaper to cool, using the back of a spoon to press it flat.

This will dry in 3-5 days to a very hard, durable surface. When wet, it has a felt-like consistency and smells of wet blankets. (MORAL: Let it dry OUTSIDE! Not in the kitchen!) When pressed into a mold or squeezed between 2 hard surfaces, it will have a hard, smooth finish. It can also be molded over an armature and will form well.

P.S. If you are making this for a Science Fair project, you’ll discover it takes a while to dry. As in several days. Even with a hair dryer and fans blowing on it. So if it’s the night before the Science Fair… sorry.

About Deb

Wife, mom, sister, pastor, chaplain, friend and Buckeye. I Yam what I Yam. Frequently imperfect, completely loved by the Divine, and grateful.

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This entry was posted on August 16, 2011 by in weird things you won't find on most "recipe blogs".
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