This week I decided to show my women's group at work how to make paper. We talked about how to reduce your carbon footprint then about different ways to for you and your children to learn about recycling. I thought it went very successfully so I have posted the process for you.
1. Rip up old sheets and pieces of paper into smaller bits. I like them to be about 1"/2.5cm square. Put these pieces in a container and fill container with water. Soak for a few days. If it is light paper like tissue or newsprint it only needs about 1-2 days, medium thickness computer paper is about 3-4 days, Thick paper like poster board needs 4-6 days. Try and use paper with not too much ink on it or your paper will look muddy. For example, newspapers have way too much ink on them so try and mix them with ink less paper instead of making a sheet with just newsprint.
2. Make a frame. If you have an old wood frame around the house or you find one at a garage sale this works nicely. I didn't have any of these so instead I made some frames from random pieces of styrofoam around the house that I glued together and some of them out of strips of cardboard that i covered in duct tape to make them waterproof.
|Cutting up foam to make a frame|
|My huge box of glue! Yay!|
|Cutting cardboard in strips for the frames|
|My finished frames. I will now cover the cardboard ones with duct tape.|
3. Cut a piece of screening to the same size at your frame and hot glue/staple/duct tape it on.