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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.



Creation: Appreciation: Historical:

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Encourage children to tear up egg cartons.

  2. Put the pieces in pot with detergent, cook on low for 2-3 hours.

  3. Put in food processor, until smooth consistency.

  4. Add water to mixture before and after cooking.

  5. You can add a touch of food coloring or other items to enhance your paper (string, confetti dots, etc.)

  6. Strain through screen until desired thickness--flip over onto newspaper, put more newspaper and towels on top.

  7. 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.

  8. Have fun!

Recommended Books/Products:

Recycled Crafts Box
Earth friendly projects and activities.

Recycled Re-Seen : Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap
Whether it is a dustpan made out of a license plate, a bowl fashioned from a bent vinyl record, a pair of sandals with soles made of Goodyear tire treads, or a tin-can lantern, folk artists all over the world are turning trash into treasure.

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