- Age Guideline: 8 Years and Up
- Time Required: 45 minutes (Does not include drying time)
The above age and time guidelines are estimates. This project can be modified to suit other ages and may take more or less time depending on your circumstances.
- Shredded newspaper
- 1 - 2 Pieces of construction paper for color (optional)
- Blender or food processor
- Old frame
- Piece of screen
- Flower pedals, small leaves, herbs, tiny flowers, etc. (optional)
Make a paper screen by removing the glass and back from an old picture frame (whatever size you desire). Trace the outside of the frame onto the screen and then cut it out. Staple the screen to the frame. Make sure the staples are very close together so it fits very snug. Put the screen aside on a well-covered surface or even outside.
Tear the newspaper into 1- to 2-inch pieces until you get about 2 cups, you can also include torn pieces of construction paper at this point. Put your newspaper into a medium sauce pan and cover with about a cut of water. Heat and stir until the paper starts falling apart. Put this mixture into a blender or food processor and blend it until smooth. If the mixture gets too thick simply add a little extra water.
Once your mixture is cool enough, remove it from the blender a little at a time and place it on a screen. Spread it out flat as you place the goop on the screen. You do not want the paper too thick and you will have extra goop leftover. Once you get your paper to the desired thickness, you can place your flowers, leaves, etc. and squish out ar much water as you can by gently pressing.
Now you set your screen aside to dry. Set it out of the way, placing tin cans or other items under the four corners of the frame so air can circulate all around it. Drying time may take a few days, be patient! Once it is totally dry you should be able to gently peel the paper off the frame. You can carefully iron it if wanted.
If, for some reason, your paper breaks, just recycle it into new paper.