I love everything about fall. From the leaves turning colour to picking apples and having apple cider. It is my favourite season. Today my kids and I decided to make a fall craft together using recycled paper. We have made sheets of recycled paper before and it turned out beautifully, so we used the same idea today to make recycled apples. I have so many fall craft ideas for kids that I can’t wait to create!
We started by ripping up some sheets of paper that my kids had used for drawing, but were ready to recycle. After we ripped, we put the sheets into an old blender along with some warm water. Use enough water so that the paper is covered. Any excess water will be drained off, so make sure to use enough. We then had paper pulp. We rinsed the pulp with water through a strainer until the water ran clear.
Next, we added some red food colouring. My kids loved this part. It is also a great sensory experience to feel the pulp and mix the food colouring in.
Once it was mixed we rolled the paper into different sized balls. We tried to make them into the shape of an apple. We added a small dent to the top of each apple for a stem once it was dry.
Our apples took several days to fully dry, but when they were done they turned out great! They are quite strong. You don’t have to worry about them breaking from basic handling. We attached a pipe cleaner to the middle with hot glue and a green pipe cleaner for a leaf. I decided to paint one of the apples with red paint, but the food colouring does work well for colouring the apples. I love our recycled apples!