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Making paper is not as hard as you may think! You don't even have to have a store bought kit! 

It is easier to have all materials set up ahead of time so you do not make the children wait too long.


Paper Effects

Materials needed--
    • Blender
    • Iron
    • Sponge
    • Rolling pin
    • Kitchen towels
    • Shredded paper
    • Water
    • Wood frame (optional)
    • Mesh screen
    • Heavy construction paper
    • Scents / coloring
    • Dried flowers
    • Glitter / confetti

Although this seems long and drawn out it is really fairly easy to do.
  • Be prepared
  • Set up early
  • Work with 2 or 3 children at a time
  • Depending on the age you may be able to talk them through it

When I did this with the 5's in my class some of them took it on themselves to show the younger ones.


                   [ You may wish to purchase a paper making kit to get started]


                  1.Cut or purchase mesh screen in  desired size

                    ( I  recommend 5 x 7)You will need 2


2.    If desired use wood trim or frame and staple mesh to frame


      3.    Fill blender with 1-2 cups of water


      4.    Put stopper in sink


                  5.    Fill sink or  tub with water only about 3 inches


                  6.    Add 1 overflowing handful of shredded paper to blender


                  7.    Push down so water rises above it

            ** Add scent, coloring, potpourri(dried flowers), or glitter

                  8.    Cover blender and blend on pulse or high speed


9.    Blend until paper is like pulp ( it needs to be thick enough so as not to run                  easily through fingers.


                 10.    Pour or scoop pulp into mesh frame


                 11.    Shake to settle pulp /  use fingers to spread into corners


12.    Place screen with pulp in sink ( only to where the pulp just floats in frame)


                 13.    Flatten / spread into corners


                 14.    Lift slowly out of water ( so as not to disturb or shift pulp)

            ** At this point you may want to add a few extra drops of scent

     15.    Place a piece of construction paper on top of pulp


   16.   Holding that in place flip frame over and lay on a kitchen towel


17.   With your finger firmly press screen around edges of frame ( this releases       the paper)


18.        If it does not come out in one piece repeat steps 11-17

19.        remove screen

20.        place another piece of construction paper on top

21.        with rolling pin squeeze out excess water

22.        repeat with dry pieces of construction paper

23.        let air dry or iron with piece of construction paper between paper and iron.

24.        When dry USE



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