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Something different

Something fun


Molded paper


Candy molds

Paper towel or sponge (sized for molds)


~~Press pulp into candy molds

~~Smooth pulp into all spaces of mold

~~With paper towel press down to soak up excess water

~~Let dry over night

~~If still damp place mold in microwave for 30 seconds at a time until dry  

~~Gently push paper out of mold

~~Paper will have rough edges

~~Optional trim edges with scissors

~~Paint or decorate as desired


~~Decoration ideas~~


Glue molded paper onto another piece of paper


Add to collage


Add a string and hang up 2 or more

Marble paper 1


  • Cookie sheet
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring or bio colors
  • Paint scraper (plastic)
  • Card stock paper
  • Popsicle stick or tongue depressor


--Spread shaving cream onto cookie sheet with paint scraper

--Add drops of coloring onto shaving cream

** I recommend at least three drops of one color in one spot

** using no more than three different colors is recommended (more may turn it dirty bath water color)

--Using Popsicle stick swirl colors through shaving cream

--Place paper on top of shaving cream

--Press down a bit

--Pull paper off

--Using paint scraper, scrape shaving cream off of paper

--Wipe off any remaining shaving cream with a paper towel

--Let dry




Before scraping shaving cream off of paper lay another piece down on top

Press firmly

Pull apart

Scrape off both pieces of paper

Wipe off any remaining shaving cream with a paper towel

Let dry


Marbleize it!


* This project should be supervised at all times

* I recommend this activity be done outside or near an opened window


  • Oil based paint (model paints)
  • Plastic gloves
  • Water
  • Disposable bucket
  • White shoelaces
  • Paper
  • Plain pencils



--Fill bucket of the way with warm water

--Add several drops of paint

*use 2 or 3 different colors

*they will not mix and should float on top of water

--Swirl if desired

--Dip paper, pencil, shoelaces into bucket


* The paint should have stuck to the items you dipped

--Move object around for different effects

--Let dry

Re-dip if desired


** When finished bucket will have paint stuck to it


Tye Dye

  • Paper
  • Paint(Food coloring)
  • Masking Tape (optional)
  • Paint Brush


--Twist paper starting at short or long sides

--Secure with masking tape lightly

--Dip or brush paint in random places

** note you do not want colors to be runny

--Untwist being careful not to rip

--Hang to dry



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