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Hand Made Paper Mark Montano

Use scrap paper or newspaper and coloured paints to create beautiful, colourful hand made paper. 

Materials Needed:

  • photo frames
  • rubber bands
  • window netting
  • staple gun
  • acrylic paints
  • iron
  • blender
  • scrap paper/newspaper
  • plastic bin/trough

What to Do: 

  • Remove the glass from frames
  • Cut window netting to the same size as the frame, using the staple gun, staple it to the flat side around each frame.
  • With the flat sides together, sandwich another frame on top with rubber bands.
  • Tear up scrap paper or old newspaper
  • Add 3/4 blender full of water and add acrylic paint.
  • Blend together for about 40 seconds.
  • Pour the mixture into a small trough.
  • Scoop the pulp onto the stapled screen frame.
  • Remove the top frame and place another window netting screen on top.
  • Press down excess water with a sponge/paper towel.
  • Remove the top screen and gently remove the paper.
  • Place the handmade paper onto a newspaper surface and iron it between dry pieces of newspaper and a press cloth.
  • Once dry, handmade paper can be used. 

Hints and Tips:

  • Let the handmade paper dry overnight rather than iron it.
  • Add flower petals/leaves to add texture to the paper.
  • Add glitter to the paper
  • Use a variety of different coloured paints to create coloured paper

Montano, Mark "How To Make Paper", Youtube, 18 October 2014


Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    Following directions

    Listen to directions, ask questions.

    Manipulation of the dough

    Play with others/share resources.

  • Play Based Learning: Sensory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Manipulation Games, Sensory Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 2
  • Sub Outcomes:

    2.4 Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment.

Created On June 5, 2019 Last modified on Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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