I recently read one of those humourous posts on Facebook about ’10 things only people who went to university in the 90’s will understand’.
A recurring theme was how students ‘handed in’ assignments instead of emailing them, put notes on each other’s doors in Halls of Residence instead of texting or even WhatsApp’ing and generally used pen and paper because the technology wasn’t readily and/or affordably available to students ‘back in the day’…
So it has come somewhat full circle that our little girl has been learning about recycling at school. Yes, she has turned into quite the ‘eco-warrior’, giving us a lesson in Fairtrade and also recycling paper! We found it really quite amazing that our little girl knew exactly what she needed to ‘make’ paper.
Within an hour, we had made 4 ‘sheets’ of paper. She was really excited when one sheet turned blue because of the blue tissue paper that we put in the mix. That was going to be daddy’s, she decided!
To make some paper you will need:
- Toilet/kitchen paper
- Tissue paper
- A handful of ziplock (or at least sealable) sandwich/food bags
- Enough water to make the mixture go soggy
- Any decorations that are lurking around the ‘craft box’
- Somewhere flat to dry the ‘sheets’
- 2 small towels/flannels to ‘press’ each sheet
- Patience ~ it takes a couple of days to dry…!
Ready? Then let’s go…
- First take the tissue paper and rip it up into fairly small pieces, popping it all in a bag.
- Then you’ll need a selection of your choice of arty crafty bits and pieces. We found that anything goes but the synthetic feathers work particularly well! We also chose sequins, coloured tissue paper and pom poms…
- Next gently and carefully pour enough water in the bag to make the contents soggy.
- Now you seal up the bag, squeezing out as much air as possible.
- Squish it, squash it, squeeze it… but gently. You don’t want any holes in the bag!
- When the contents are really soggy, scoop them out onto one of the towels or flannels.
- Take the other towel/flannel and press down on the ‘paper’. Your little one will love this bit!
- Now the ‘patience part’ ~ gently take the top layer of towel/flannel off the ‘press’ and leave the paper to dry somewhere suitable…
And there you have it… how to make paper 🙂