We have been making a lot of things from recycled paper recently (pumpkins, apples, paper). My kids actually like the idea that some of their old drawings and art work are reused into new art work. I love that they are reusing and recycling and having fun while doing it. With Thanksgiving coming up in a few weeks, we decided to make placemats for our guests. Although we used this as a Thanksgiving craft, it is perfect for any fall theme. First, we ripped up old drawing/art paper and then put it in an old blender with a lot of water. You need quite a bit of water to get it to mix properly. Don’t worry about adding too much, any extra you will squeeze out.
If you use a lot of coloured paper, you may need to soak and rinse it a few times to get the colour out. Next, we put the paper pulp out onto a sheet of tinfoil. We flattened, and spread it out. I then placed a few leaves on top so that it would leave the imprint on the paper.
We then used a rolling pin to flatten the pulp. The paper needs to be about half a centimeter thick. If the paper is quite wet, it will take longer, to dry, but it will still work.
Once the paper is dry. (Which was a few days). We then pealed the paper off of the tinfoil and cut around the edges so that it was straight. Unfortunately, the leaves did not leave as deep of a mark as I had hoped. However, I could see where the print was, so I roughly painted where the leaf was. We then added black puffy paint to make the stem stand out.
I think they turned out very beautifully. My favourite is the fact that they are kid made. I think everything looks better when made by kids. We have set our placemats aside in a safe place until Thanksgiving. My kids are excited to showcase them in a few weeks!