Celebrate Earth Day with your kids by making cool art paper and a notepad from recycled materials.   It’s a fun, and easy craft to make!  Yes, you can make art paper by recycling and using items you have at home and make a notepad, too.  Both activities are easy and fun.

How to Make Your Earth Day Art Paper 

You will need newspaper, thin screen mesh, a pan with 1″ of water, a blender with 3 cups of warm water, a reused brown paper bag (for this craft I used brown packaging paper), and a rolling pin (not pictured).

  1. Cut the brown paper into small pieces and put into the blender.
  2. Turn the blender on to medium speed until the paper looks like in picture #2 (slushy).
  3. Pour a cup of the wet brown paper mixture onto the mesh, and place in the pan. With your fingers spread out the mixture on the mesh.
  4. Very carefully place the mesh on the newspaper. Fold one side of the newspaper over the mesh and gently use a rolling pin to squeeze out all of the water. Have a towel handy! Once you’ve rolled over the newspaper turn it over, and gently pull the mesh out. The wet mixture will be on the newspaper. Let it dry overnight.
Bottom left image:
  1. This is how your wet mixture is going to look like. It will be stuck to the newspaper so gently remove the newspaper.
  2. This is how the back of the paper is going to look.
  3. Once you pull it out it will look like corrugated paper.
  4. Decorate your cool art paper! My child made some designs on the smooth part of the paper. We used markers, but you can also use paint!
My son and I are looking forward to making some more cool art papers. We may make some more to make cute birthday cards, or thank you cards made from our recycled paper! How cool is that!

How to Make Your Earth Day Note Pad 

My Mom is a seamstress. She can see anything!  From dresses to curtains to washcloths, and homemade notepads! She is and has always been such a creative, and talented woman.  I remember, that she would just fold papers, and sew them for us to use as notepads.  Of course, for Earth Day I wanted to do something similar.

For this craft, I used an empty box of cereal.  Cut the tops off, and cut it open on the side. I folded it in half and used 5 sheets of paper to sew.

Very carefully (so you won’t break the needle) sew the papers to the cereal box.

Voila! You have made an awesome recycled notepad!

This is great to give to the kids to play, draw, or do whatever their little hearts desire! I made two, the first one pictured at the top was little one’s bilingual “Earth Book”, and the second one….well, we’ll figure out what to do with it. 🙂

What other materials or fun things do you think you can make with recycled materials for Earth Day and every day? The possibilities are endless.

If you’re looking for resources in Spanish you’ll enjoy this post on 10 maneras de ayudar a los bosques tropicales y libros recomendados and this fun Spanish Earth Day Día de la Tierra Forest Story and Activities.

Earth Day

The Everything Kids’ Environment Book: Learn how you can help the environment by getting involved at school, at home, or at play (Everything Kids Series) by Sheri Amsel

Do you make crafts out of recycled materials at home?  Would love it hear about it! Please comment, like, share or pin!

 

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8 Comments

  1. I can't wait to try this with my girls. I've been wanting to make recycled paper for a while but have been intimidated by it – you make it look easy! I love the artwork too!

  2. Great idea! I too have wanted to make paper, but didn't have a mold or press or mesh screen…all seemed like a hassle, but this looks easy! Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

  3. Thank you Ashley! You can get a small screen mesh at the hardware store for very cheap. 🙂 Give it a try!

  4. It's super easy, but can get messy! LOL Just be warned the "slushy" looks very funny!!! My son said that it looked like… ah, I'll leave it to your imagination LOLOLOL

  5. Oh I've been meaning to do this for ages.

    Thanks for sharing on The Sunday Showcase. I've pinned to our board.

  6. Very fun!! This is something I hope to do with my little one is a bit older. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  7. This is a great idea. Where can I find a thin screen mesh?

  8. Hi there! You can find it at a hardware store. Not sure where you're from but you can check Lowe's or Home Depot. I looked in the area where they have the "screen" window panels.

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