Make Your Own Paper
This activity comes to us from the educators at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.
You may have heard the phrase, “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but what does it really mean and what are the benefits? Let’s break down each term:
How does recycling actually work? To show you, we’re going to make a new piece of paper out of materials you have at home.
Activity: Recycle scrap paper to make your own, new piece of paper.
Next, stretch your screen over the frame and secure it with staples or tacks. The shape of the mold will determine the shape of the paper.
At this point, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch to make the paper easier to write on, or a drop of two of food coloring to tint your paper.
Run the blender on “slow” and blend for approximately 30 to 40 seconds till the mixture is a smooth slurry. Avoid over blending.
Lift the mold up, and shake it side to side. The screen should be covered in an even layer of pulp that will dry into your paper!