Although I’m not ready yet, as I walk through the stores, I realize that the holiday season is upon us. My kids and I have been making lots of crafts from their old recycled art paper. (Check out our recycled paper, apples, pumpkins and place mats!) Today we made a Christmas craft for kids with these adorable recycled ornaments! We start all of our recycled paper crafts by ripping up old sheets of paper that my kids used for drawing or other projects. Once ripped, we put the sheets into an old blender with lots of water. Once it has been blended you can squeeze out the water and rinse it with clean water a few times to get the colour out of the paper.
Next, for our ornaments, we decided to add red sparkles to the pulp. We then squeezed out some of the water and put the pulp onto waxed paper. The more water you leave in it the easier it is to work with, but the longer it takes to dry.
Next, we used Christmas cookie cutters to cut the shapes that we wanted for our ornaments. We set the cutter onto the pulp and pulled away the excess. However, filling the cookie cutter with the pulp would also work.
Once we had our shapes, they were ready to dry! This typically takes a few days unless you have warmth and sunshine and can dry them outside.
Finally, once they were dry, we used puffy paint to create designs on them. We also poked a small hole to then put string through to hang it with. I think they look adorable and my kids are excited to decorate our tree with ornaments that they made – which is my favourite kind of Christmas tree!