Recycled Paper Ornament

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We made these ornaments by using recycled paper.

We started by playing with water and paper.  She tore, mixed, kneaded, dyed, and transferred the paper.  I only provided the paper, tray, and water.  Miss E determined how to play with it and added extra bowls, kitchen utensils, and paint found in her outdoor play kitchen.  By far, this was her favorite step of the ornament making process, and she played with the water and paper for close to an hour.  I will definitely add paper as a regular "ingredient" in our outdoor kitchen for future play.

Next, I brought out cookie cutters.  We squeezed the water out of the paper and shaped it inside the cookie cutters.  

I carefully removed the cookie cutters off the paper shapes, and this was tricky so this step should be done by an adult or older child. We squeezed watered down glue on top of the shapes with a turkey baster.

We let them dry for three days, but the ornaments were still very wet.  It could be due to the fact we had humid conditions, but I wanted to speed up the process.  I popped them in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil for an hour on 200 degrees F.  The back of the ornaments stuck to the aluminum foil, but I just cut around the foil, and it makes a pretty backing to the ornaments.  Some shapes, like the snowflakes, turned out better than others, but the process of making the ornaments was loads of fun for our daughter.  

We finished by decorating the ornaments with glitter paint and glueing a ribbon on the back to make a loop to hang on the tree.  


andie jaye said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

these are so interesting! it looks like they were fun to make! i'd love it if you linked up some of your posts to my tip-toe thru tuesday party!

i'm also a new follower!

Rebekah said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Andie, anytime we add water to play, it boosts FUN factor! I would love to link up at your linky party. I am going to check it out. Thank you for following, I just started following your blog too.

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