If you buy a lot of stuff online: a recycled homemade paper craft

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April 25, 2013 by Terumi

recycling crafts

Homemade paper crafting

The other day my new purse showed up and as much as the beautiful wrapping is sweet there’s nothing more telling that I bought a ton of stuff than a big pile of tissue mongrammed with a brand’s name.

So the guys and I got to work on a ‘craft’.  We got rid of the shopping evidence shredded the tissue paper into teeny pieces and dumped it in a big bucket.

Making homemade paper with kids

We poured in some warm water to make a soupy mess.

Making homemade paper with kids

Then we blended it until it became soft and pulpy.  (Ps this is that egg beater I got from oxo.  I can bet they didn’t think I’d be using it like this and neither did I!  But it’s so easy for the guys to use and I love that it’s not electric.)

Homemade paper crafts with preschoolers

We strained a couple cup-fulls of the gooey paper pulp through a sieve and dumped it onto a plate.  We used a silicone muffin tin to press out the water.  (I thought the guys might like to use a ‘tool’ and this one looked cool.)

Squishing homemade paper with kids

After that we pressed the mush into cookie cutters until they dried.  It took about a day out in the sun.

Using cookie cutters to make homemade paper crafts

I may poke holes in the top for mother’s day ornaments.  And we’ll probably coat them in glitter too.

Homemade paper craft with kids

So really, I didn’t technically buy a purse.  I bought craft supplies for an activity and the purse came with.  (And lucky for me, the guys want to make this one again.)

(PS. FYI it may just be a personal preference thing, but apparently this kind of craft is best made while wearing a shark costume.)

 

 


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