Trash Free Classroom: How to Create Handmade Paper
The paper trash.
I had no idea how much paper was generated in a typical classroom.
Book order forms…
All useful in the moment, but a burden when you do not own a trash can.
Some of the paper helps me out in the compost bins, where I need to have an equal ratio of “green” waste (food scraps) and “brown” waste (paper) to make the magic of composting work. The paper coming home from school quickly throws our balance off.
So I learned how to make handmade, recycled paper with the overflow.
I made Trashy Valentines…I love saying that.
I made gift tags.
I made Mother’s Day Flower Bombs.
I made ornaments.
I made business cards.
I made gift cards.
I made notes for lunch boxes.
I made invitations.
I made birthday decorations.
I made thank you cards.
There are tutorials online but I had to find what works for me. The video will hopefully make it easier to understand my process.
I am using an old, very sturdy screen that was previously used in a crawl space. The blender, rolling pin and pieces of felt were easy second-hand finds.
This is not the solution to lowering the waste in our classroom; it is just my creative solution to reuse what keeps coming home until I find a better one.
It keeps me on my toes.
It keeps me thinking.
It keeps me making.
Cheers to creating with what you have around you.
Cheers to finding a problem and taking on the challenge to see if it can be fixed.
Cheers to teachers brainstorming right along side you.