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Thursday June 15, 2017 at 1:23pm Age: 157 days
Category: Otisville Elementary

MAKING ART AND RECYCLED PAPER FROM SCRAPS


Otisville students do more than celebrating Earth Day with Earth friendly advice. In Mrs. Welsh’s art class, students saved leftover scraps of collage paper throughout the year and turned it into recycled paper.  

The process goes a bit like a recipe, and you can DIY at home, if you have a food blender and two remnants of fine, window-type screen: 

1. Sort paper scraps by color.
2. Soak the paper in water till saturated.
3. Place paper in blender, add more water, and make paper pulp.
4. Pour pulp over a fine screen and spread evenly.
5. Allow water to drain.
6. Lay a second screen on top of pulp and use a sponge to squeeze out any remaining water.
7. Carefully remove the screens from the paper and let it dry completely.


Your new sheet of recycled paper will be heavier than construction paper and have lacy edges called "deckle." Most of all, your recycled paper will have a story, and you can add to it by using it in craft projects like scrapbooking and card-making.