Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!
Monday, May 4, 2009
Quick Craft: Art Books from Waste Paper!
How about reusing that paper before you recycle it? Recycling is great, but reusing is even better! I take paper with writing/printing on one side and make it into kid-size art books for my little guy. If your child is old enough, creating these books would be a great project to do together! Here's how:
Just cut your paper into whatever size you want your art pad to be. I like to cut 8.5X11 size paper in half. Then, use a hole punch to put at least 3 holes through your stack of paper, along the side where you want your "binding" to be. Make sure all of the pages have the blank side facing the same direction. Find some yarn and tie the pages together. I like to double knot my bows to make it sturdy. Then you can decorate the front with stickers, stamps or whatever your creative mind can think of.
Once your child has filled up the book, any pages that are not keepers can then be recycled. Now you can reuse your paper before recycling, and get some free art books in the process! Happy book-making! Pin It Now!