paper making

We had a very large trash bag full of used recyclable paper glaring at me for the better part of the year. For last minute holiday tags, the kids and I put it to great use by following the recipe on Pioneer Thinking. We added echinacea seeds to the pulp mixture in order to make the tags plantable once dried. It was a fun project, seemed very water intensive our first go at it- something to improve upon. Aaron says the big paper plants recycle their water to conserve it, the best we could do was pour it and the stranded seed mulch around the avocado tree. There are now little echinacea plants growing around the base of it. Pretty neat. 

 

The resulting paper was a shade of light grey/violet. This may have been because of the newspaper in the pulp mix. After it dried it was cut in quarters, some rough edges still left- and we glued old snowflakes from a gorgeous broken tree garland to the tags and wrote “Happy New Year, re-use the snowflake, plant the tag” on each one.

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