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Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Making Paper

Thanks to my experience writing down memories from growing up with Mommy’s Piggy Tales, I constantly have memories flooding through my mind.
For example, in third grade, we made paper. We put it into molds after making it and gave it to our moms for Mother’s Day. My mom still has my little flower shaped paper hanging next to her bedroom window.
K was more than excited to make paper with me the other day. It is super simple and fun to see how everyday things are created…at least as well as we can reproduce the process in our own homes.
I had K tear up pieces of paper and put them in our blender. This is great if you don’t have a shredder and have some papers you can’t just throw away!
Add some water and blend until you have a pulpy mixture.
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Take it outside and pour into a mesh sieve, or onto a window screen if you have an extra. Have your little one squeeze out all of the extra water.
Either pour out the paper mush onto a cookie sheet or leave it on your flat screen. Spread out as flat and thin as possible. If you have two screens, press the mush between them. DSCN3272
Let dry. This took several hours because we didn’t have a screen for the water to easily drain out, but it did work.
I took this opportunity to explain to K how paper is made from trees. I don’t think he entirely believed me :)
Now your little one can color and learn all about different methods for coloring on bumpy paper. If your paper is thin enough, you can cut it into shapes and coat with Mod Podge. Then your child can proudly display their work!
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Oh, and this paper is 100% recycled :)


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2 comments:

  1. Cool! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  2. How cool! We haven't done this before. We'll have to give it a try. Thanks for the idea and for linking to Messy Monday.

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