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Green Tigers: Making Patana Greener!

Recycled Paper Making

Published Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
Last updated: Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Recycled Paper Making

Green Tigers ECA have been Recycling paper in order to make their own 100% Recycled Green Paper...

Mr Ben Sykes show you how you can do it at home...

Step 1 - Tear up some old scrap paper that has already been used on both sides...

Step 2 - Blend the bits in a blender to fully shred it!

Step 3 - Fill a tub full of your paper fibres and water - (we chose green and white paper only to make our green paper....)

Step 4 - Build a frame of wood and cover the frame with a material that will act as a seive...holding onto the paper fibres whilst letting the water run through. (fly screen works well)

Mr Morgan helping the Green Tigers to construct their Paper Making Frames.

Step 5 - Dip your screen into the tub and work around until you get a nice thin layer of fibre on the screen.

 Step 6 - Squeeze and sponge off excess water. 

Step 7 - Remove carefully from the screen and lay flat to dry.


Note - Your paper will look nothing like paper from the art cupboard. It will have a unique , boutique, hand-made quality to it.  The edges will be rough and uneven.  You may be able to see an imprint of the screen on one side and the other side will be uneven in both colour and texture - that's what's so cool about it!.

When you get your technique perfected, you will be able to add pressed flowers, leaves and other natural things to your paper, further enhancing the green, home-made look of your paper.

The Green Tigers have Enjoyed making paper in Green Tigers ECA!

Join us next term and you may have the chance to make some too!

Comment By Ms Thew 

This looks a great fun activity to do.

Published on Thursday, March 17, 2011