We try to instill the 3 R's in our 5th graders and for the last 5 years they have been in charge of collecting and recycling the elementary's paper. In science I try to encourage them to reuse/repurpose materials as well. I am looking for an easy tried and true "recipe" for taking some of our paper waste and turning it into homemade paper they can use to make cards out of. It needs to be practical if possible since I will have about 50 kids to work with. I have access to a paper shredder and I have a large area where it can dry. I've never made paper before so any ideas and tips are welcome.

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Hi !  I made some paper with my son years ago and we used kleenex and paper towel ! Easy to shred and cheap. We mixed flower petals and grasses, etc in with it, too. We simply boiled it, let it cool, then poured it out on a screen with a towel underneath.(I have heard of some folks adding a bit of kids glue or even flour at this point.)  We spread the goo out with a fork and pressed it with a piece of dry paper and an old towel. (The dry paper prevents the goo from sticking to the towel.) You can make it as thick thin as you like. Ironing it while still damp makes it flatter and smoother, though some of the texture looks great !

Thanks! I may try this at home to see what kind of mess I make first, LOL. My students won't be near as bad =)

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