Make Recycled Paper

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Learners shred used paper, add water, and blend it into pulp. They then strain and roll the pulp out to make new paper. Learners can experiment mixing different colors of paper and adding items like dried flowers, glitter or newspaper pictures to the pulp.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
4 to 24 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • White and colored used office paper
  • Embroidery hoops (or make a frame yourself)
  • Window screen or nylons
  • Blender
  • Large container or tub
  • Tray
  • Sponge
  • Scissors
  • Plate or cookie sheet
  • Decorative items such as glitter, dried flowers or pictures (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access