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Ever wonder how paper is recycled? In this mini unit study, you will find fun activities to learn all about how paper is recycled and other fun ways to teach recycling. It’s perfect for Earth Day!
How Paper is Recycled
For this project, you will make your own recycled paper from cardboard egg cartons.
How to Make Paper
Tear the egg carton into tiny pieces. You will want about 2-3 cups of paper pieces. Place the pieces in a blender.
Boil about 2 cups of hot water.
While the water is heating, assemble your craft stick frame. We used eight sticks to make a large square and glued it with hot glue. We then glued the frame to our sheer fabric and cut off the excess fabric.
Once the water is boiling, pour it into your blender with your paper pieces. The hot water will start to turn the carton into pulp. Place the lid on the blender and blend the paper pieces and water until it creates a soup-like mixture.
Place the frame over a large bowl. Pour the paper pulp over the frame and use the rolling pin to spread the pulp evenly across the frame. We had to used a second piece of fabric to keep the paper from sticking to the rolling pin. Let the water drip out of the frame. If your frame bends, place it on a glass baking pan turned upside down. This will allow the water to strain out and down the sides of the pan without allowing the paper to sit in water, which will prevent it from drying.
Allow the paper to dry completely, which may take 24 or more hours. We ended up drying ours in the oven set to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. When the paper is dry, slowly peel it off the frame and use it for whatever purpose you desire!
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