The participants in our Women’s program spent an evening learning to make recycled paper projects. This must be one of the most engaging classes ever 🙂 Looking for an interesting Earth Day project? Try making little notepads, notebooks or journals, from recycled paper, with your kids, friends or class. Instructions at the bottom!

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If you wish to make recycled paper art, here’s What You’ll Need:

Waste paper (almost anything will work – just avoid glossy paper like magazines)
A blender or food processor
An old picture frame
Mesh or screen (can be found at a craft store)
Felt, cloth or sponge
A rectangular bin to hold water (a 13” x 9” pan would also work)
Decorations like dried flowers, confetti or seeds (optional)

Main Steps:

1. Tear the paper into small pieces and put into a blender with warm water. Blend until the mixture becomes a fairly smooth pulp.

2. Assemble your “mold”; attach your screen to your frame using duck tape, staples or any other method that will keep the screen affixed to the frame’s edges.

3. Pour the pulp into your bin or pan, then sink the mold into the water mixture. Pull the mold up, and pulp should cover the screen. At this point, you can add decorations. You can even add seeds to make plantable paper. Be sure to add a little more pulp to cover the decorations so they adhere to the paper.

4. Use a cloth or sponge to press out excess water. Now you need to let the paper dry. You can let it dry on the screen, you can flip the mold over and let your paper dry on another surface, or you can press a cloth into the mold so the paper adheres to it and can dry on the cloth. Any of these options should work. Just be sure to let your paper dry for a day or so.

Instructions courtesy:


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