Most people are familiar with scrapbooking, making greeting cards and simple origami designs, but paper lends itself to an unlimited number of project ideas and variations. Use these advanced paper art projects for kids to jump-start creativity and fun. Add natural fibers, like flower petals or tiny pieces of fruit peel or grass, to make a one-of-a-kind art paper.
You will need:
- Old paper — magazines, newspapers, construction paper or any other papers
- Washtub or deep bowl
- Wire clothes hanger
- Old pantyhose, knee-high hose or stocking
- Rolling pin
1. Tear the paper into 1-inch pieces.
2. Cover the paper with warm water for at least 30 minutes; overnight is best.
3. Fill the bowl of the blender half full of water.
4. Add a large handful of the soaked paper to the blender bowl. Pulse until no more paper chunks are visible.
5. Pour the slurry, or blended paper and water, into the tub or bowl. Repeat until you’ve used all the soaked paper.
6. Mix in the petals or grasses, if you plan to use them.
7. Bend the clothes hanger into a round or square shape.
8. Cover the wire shape with the leg part of the hose, tying it in place to make a screen.
9. Dip the screen in the slurry tub, scooping the contents onto the screen.
10. Spread the slurry evenly over the screen, pressing firmly to remove excess water and pack it together.
11. Place several thicknesses of newspaper on your work surface.
12. Flip the screen onto the newspaper with your paper between them.
13. Carefully peel your paper from the screen.
14. Place more newspaper on top and press it down. To get as much water out as possible, press the stack heavily with a rolling pin.
15. Set your paper aside until it is dry.
16. Stack your sheets and punch holes in one side or in the top.
17. Tie the sheets together with ribbon, specialty yarn or leather thongs to create a summer vacation journal. If you prefer lined paper for writing, use your handmade sheets for the journal cover, binding them around trimmed note sheets.