We have started recycling paper to create different crafts at home. There is so much that you can make! Halloween is just around the corner, and today we finally had some fall weather, so we decided to make some pumpkins! We ripped up old paper that my kids had used for drawing and painting. We rinsed the paper a few times with water to get a lot of the colour out. We then put the soggy paper in a blender along with water. Once we blended it, we had our pulp. We were ready to make some Halloween crafts!
To make the pumpkin, I rolled some of the pulp into a ball and squeezed out a lot of the water. I put elastics around the ball to create lines when it dried. It takes a few days to fully dry, but it is then quite solid and hard.
Once the paper was dry, I painted them orange. For the fall pumpkin, I put a twig into the top and curled some green construction paper to add to the pumpkin look.
For the Halloween pumpkins, we used black puffy paint to create jack-o’-lanterns. There is so much that you can make from paper and I love that it is all recycled! Check out our recycled paper for drawing and recycled apples!