Paper Making

Let’s learn about Papermaking…

  • Welcome to the Paper Making Factory, get ready for some fun! This is your chance for a hands-on experience of ‘closing the loop’ of a product by turning old paper into new paper.
  • We take used paper, turn it into pulp, then press it into new, usable sheets of homemade paper. This type of paper isn’t white and smooth like writing paper, but it’s great for art and crafting, like bookmarks, cards, and tree ornaments.
  • Use your paper to make a gift that matters! Let’s get loopy!



Choose one of the engaging activities below to take action:

  • Make Paper: Make your own recycled paper at home. Click here for instructions.
  • Home-Based Crayon Factory: Make your own recycled crayons. Click here for instructions. Give a gift that matters, and share these with your younger siblings/cousins/friends/neighbors!
  • Decomposing Paper: Leave a piece of paper outside and see how long it takes to decompose.


Journaling prompts

Choose one of these topics to write about:

  • What does it mean to live simply? Why does it matter? How can you simplify your life?
  • If I ran my own paper factory…
  • Making homemade paper isn’t the only way to divert waste from the landfill. What else from your house could you re-use or re-make into new things?
  • What if no new resources could ever be extracted from the Earth again. Describe how a typical day would look for you.



Check out some of our favourite Papermaking videos:



Related Podcasts

Listen to this great podcast to learn more:



  • FernGully: The Last Rainforest: This animated film is a favourite of BR Educators! Set in a magical rainforest, fairy Crysta and her lumberjack friend Zak must find a way to save their home when loggers cut down a special tree and release evil spirits.
  • WALL-E: 700 years in the future, the trash-covered Earth has been deserted. Wall-E meets another robot EVE and they set out on an adventure to bring humans home and save Earth.
  • Over the Hedge: Upon waking up from hibernation, the forest animals discover half of their forest has been turned into a suburban neighbourhood. Follow along as the animals learn to survive in unusual ways because of how humans have changed their habitat.



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