Recycled Craft Idea – Upcycled Glitter Paper
Here at Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Education Department, we know that an animal and its ecosystem depend on one another! To practice taking care of the environment we all share, (and have loads of fun doing it!) our team put together a super recycled craft idea using waste (old newspaper) and turning it into Upcycled Glitter Paper! We think that’s RECYCLING and REUSING at its best!
What is “Upcycling?”
Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value!
How to Make Upcycled Glitter Paper
- Old newspaper (or any unwaxed paper)
- small-mesh screen
- felt or sponges
- wax paper
- food coloring
- flower petals
- dried herbs
- colored tissue paper
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Upcycled Glitter Paper Directions
Step 1: Shred that newspaper! (Kids LOVE this step!)
Step 2: Soak shredded paper in water (30-45 minutes is best)
Step 3: Add soaked paper to blender (fill about half way to the top), add warm water (to almost full), and add GLITTER! You can even add a small amount of food coloring to make colored paper.
Step 4: Blend the wet paper into mush (technically called “pulp,” but we like the word “mush” better!) It’s important to remember that you don’t want your mush too watery. Optional tip: For larger dried flowers or creative additions, add before blending, for smaller seeds and dried herbs, add after blending.
Step 5: After blending, pour glitter paper mush onto small-meshed screen and gently press. (This step is best done outdoors, that’s why we love to do this recycled activity in the summer – everyone gets to go outside!)
Step 6: Flatten mush on an absorbent material (we used felt), and squeeze mush between two boards. Try to squeeze out as much water as you can!
Step 7: Transfer your flattened glitter paper mush onto wax paper to dry.
Step 8: You have Upcycled Glitter Paper! You can use your Upcycled Glitter Paper as a homemade card. Or put several pieces together to make a homemade journal, or any other thing your sparkly little mind can think up!