Level: ECE, Primary, Junior, Middle School, High School
Grades: PreK and up | Age: 2yrs and up | Written by: Eva D'Amico
[Eva is an art educator from Ontario, Canada.]
Students will create their own recycled paper.
- Students will understand how homemade paper is made.
- Students will create paper using recycled materials.
- Students will learn to appreciate the work and steps involved in making your own paper.
What You Need:
- Teacher can begin introducing children to the various methods of papermaking throughout the ages.
What You Do:
- egg cartons (paper)
- any odd wool, sparkles, etc. to add to paper
- food coloring (optional)
- Encourage children to tear up egg cartons.
- Put the pieces in pot with detergent, cook on low for 2-3 hours.
- Put in food processor, until smooth consistency.
- Add water to mixture before and after cooking.
- You can add a touch of food coloring or other items to enhance your paper (string, confetti dots, etc.)
- Strain through screen until desired thickness--flip over onto newspaper, put more newspaper and towels on top.
- Cover with heavy books, etc for 24 hours. Peel off paper and let dry for 24 more hours--can also make bowls and other fun stuff--put flat paper works the best. You can also use old newspaper and other scrap paper.
- Have fun!
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