Looking for a really different kind of art project to try with your students? Show them how to make paper! At our Recycled Art Project Skill Share, one of our teaching artists Lindsay Palmer showed us how to recycle construction paper scraps into beautiful homemade paper using our paper-making kit. This project is way less messy than you think, and the kids are amazed when a blender of colored mush turns into their own sheet of paper. Lindsay can also attest to how surprisingly doable this project is with kids from first grade to eighth grade.
Here are the steps she took to make paper:
- Soak ripped up construction paper pieces in water, at least one hour, ideally 24.
- Place soaked paper bits in blender, then add water and a pinch of cotton linters. Blend to a fine pulp.
- Pour blended mixture into large basin of water. This is when you can add things like glitter, flower petals, etc.
- Dip paper screen into basin and begin to sift back and forth, then pull up, to catch pulp. Once the screen is covered with pulp and the sheet is thick enough, remove from water.
- Turn screen and paper over onto a couch sheet and gently sponge until it is drier. Lay flat to dry overnight, or place another piece of paper on top and iron it until dry. Enjoy!