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¥ The next step uses the electric blender. Don't use the blender without permission from a grownup. Take a handful of soggy paper and put it into the blender. Add water until 3/4 full. Turn blender on for a few seconds then turn off. Continue switching for about 1 minute.

¥ Pour the blended mush - called pulp - into a large plastic mixing bowl.

¥ A handful at a time, blend the rest of the pulp. Always add water to the blender as necessary. Put all the pulp in the bowl.

¥ Add water to the bowl of pulp until half full. Use a large stirring spoon to stir the water into the pulp.

¥ Lay an absorbent piece of cloth on a flat surface. Slide the wire mesh into the bowl. You want to get a thin, even coating of pulp on the mesh. If the first dipping doesn't work well, try again.

¥ Bring the coated wire mesh to the cloth. Quickly and smoothly lay the mesh on the cloth, pulp side down.

¥ Press the mesh hard against the cloth. Now lift the mesh, leaving the pulp behind on the cloth. Put another piece of cloth over the pulp. Press hard again.

¥ Repeat until all pulp is gone. Layer the pulp like a sandwich with many layers of cloth and pulp. Put a heavy weight on top of the stack to keep it pressed for 24 hours.

¥ Carefully peel off the pieces of damp paper and put them on newspaper to dry. Now you can make your own recycled cards or decorated notepaper. And you can print on the back: recycled by...to save a tree!


Using A Zip Lock Baggie

Bag a terrarium on your next nature walk or outing. It's quick, easy and shows the boys that nature doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment to work.

Materials you will need:

Zip lock baggies

Small rocks



Plant cuttings

Layer baggie with several rocks, crushed charcoal and soil. Gently plant cutting into soil. Before sealing zip lock bag completely, blow carefully into bag and then seal. This will fill the terrarium with carbon dioxide and moisture. Plant should require no other care except occasionally blowing into baggie to replenish moisture.

Using A Bottle Or Jar

Materials you will need:

A large clear glass bottle or jar with a lid

Small pebbles

Some charcoal briquettes

A bag

A hammer

A strainer

Potting soil

A piece of stiff paper


A few small green plants, such as maidenhair, ferns, miniature ivy and mosses.

1. Wash and rinse your jar. Spread out some newspapers to make a work surface. Wash any dirt off the pebbles.

2. Put pebbles in the bottom of the jar about 1 inch deep.

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