Making Recycled Paper

As many of you may know, Earth Day is coming up this month, so in the spirit of the occasion we are sharing this super cool activity for learning about how to reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Materials Needed:

  • Mesh or sheer fabric
  • Craft sticks
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard egg carton
  • Rolling pin

Instructions:

  1. Note: all instructions below are taken exactly from the source site in order to preserve the directions of the task.
  2. Tear the egg carton into tiny pieces. You will want about 2-3 cups of paper pieces. Place the pieces in a blender.
  3. Boil about 2 cups of hot water.
  4. While the water is heating, assemble your craft stick frame. We used eight sticks to make a large square and glued it with hot glue. Then glue the frame to our sheer fabric and cut off the excess fabric.
  5. Once the water is boiling, pour it into the blender with the paper pieces. The hot water will start to turn the carton into pulp. Place the lid on the blender and blend the paper pieces and water until it creates a soup-like mixture.
  6. Place the frame over a large bowl. Pour the paper pulp over the frame and use the rolling pin to spread the pulp evenly across the frame. Use a second piece of fabric to keep the paper from sticking to the rolling pin. Let the water drip out of the frame. If your frame bends, place it on a glass baking pan turned upside down. This will allow the water to strain out and down the sides of the pan without allowing the paper to sit in water, which will prevent it from drying.
  7. Allow the paper to dry completely, which may take 24 or more hours. When your paper is dry, slowly peel it off the frame!

Source: http://www.schoolingamonkey.com/how-paper-is-recycled/