We made homemade paper using cut up recycled paper then added some fresh flower pedals and flowers on top. Making paper is super easy but don’t expect to make a lot of it at one time, especially with kids. This recipe is for roughly six pieces of thick paper. We like turning our paper into journal covers or art pieces you can hang on the wall!

We recommend making your paper outside so that it is less messy and more enjoyable to create even with young children. This is a great spring, summer and fall activity. Our two year old loves the feel of paper pulp so this is very much a sensory activity as well as an artistic craft.

Using recycled paper is a great way to reuse and reduce. It is fun for kids to watch their recycled paper being blended into pulp and then turned into new paper! It’s even better when you can add a design to your paper. For this craft we chose rain clouds but we have made earth paper and rainbow paper recently as well, scroll to the bottom to see those!



Collecting flowers in nature or in your backyard is part of the fun in making this craft.


Our six year old daughter came up with this paper design, after we learned about clouds. You may want to check out our other cloud blog posting!

Imagination is crucial to this craft! You are creating clouds out of flowers, so it’s representing a familiar object in an unfamiliar way. You must rely a bit on your imagination to Interpret your design.


Kids can come up with some interesting concepts if you give them the right materials and let them explore. When we collected the hyacinth flower and broke the tiny flowers off, the concept organically formed, they looked like rain drops when placed under the white flowers!


Dandelion seeds would be a fun one to use. They weren’t ready yet, so we’ll use them next time. See what you find in nature and your backyard and you may come up with some really interesting rain cloud paper!


Materials:


  1. Paper making kit, or a paper making frame with two separate mesh pieces.

  2. a roller or sponge or block to press the water out.

  3. A blender

  4. Recycled paper - blue or white and white paper

  5. White flowers or flower pedals - we used fruit blossoms

  6. Blue flowers - we used purple grape hyacinth

  7. Towels

  8. A press of some kind like a heavy piece of wood or a book to press the paper



Steps:


1. If you haven’t gathered the flowers from outside already, go outside and grab some to use in the pulp and directly onto the paper.

you can make the paper fully out of flowers or just from recycled paper or by combining both. We mostly used recycled paper with some white flower pedals.



purple grape hyacinth:


Wild cherry Blossoms:



2. Rip your recycled paper. For the cloud paper, try to use blue paper or mix blue with white. You can use old boxes with blue colour or newspaper or scraps of construction paper.

We save our used crafting paper to make homemade paper with, you won’t need much. Rip about a cup or cup and a half of paper into small pieces.



3. Blend your paper with two cups of water on high, until it is a pulp, if it seems too thick, add more water. I often fill the blender 3/4 up with water. Here’s a picture of it blending, it looks fuller than it is,



Bring the materials outside to make the paper outside! You will have way less mess and can squeeze out the water directly onto dirt or onto your yard!