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Video: Paper Making with Kids

By: Chris Nickson - Updated: 29 May 2012 | comments*Discuss

In this short video Georgina Ridehalgh, of Fun Creations explains how to make Spinning Spheres with Children.

Video Transcript
Hi, I'm Georgina Ridehalgh and I work under the name of Fun Creations, I deliver art workshops for children between the age of three and eleven.

Today on behalf of Growing Kids.co.uk, I'm going to show you how to make "Easy Peasy papermaking" .

To begin with, you will need some newspaper, some common household kitchen roll, some PVA glue, paper cups to put the glue in, or an alternative container, a glue or paint brush, and paints for painting the finished product.

To being with, you first need to make up a mixture of water and PVA glue.

Take your pot, pour your PVA glue in, about half full, and then mix with water, about a quarter full. Mix the solution so it is into a smooth paste. Then take your solution and paste over the top of the newspaper, then take your kitchen roll ripped into pieces and glue it on. Make sure the pieces are not too big.

Once you've glued that section on, another layer of glue on top of that kitchen roll, some more on top of that. Crinkle the kitchen roll up slightly to give more texture to the paper.

Cover the whole of the newspaper with approximately three to four layers. This will then have to be put away for a couple of days to dry, and the finished product should look like this, nice hard, textured paper.

Here are some suggestions of what you can do with your Easy Peasy paper. Here is an Aboriginal design, which means "watering hole". Aboriginal symbols mean all different things, so perhaps you could research what symbols you would like to paint onto your paper.

It can then be displayed with basic common garden twigs and string to make an effective and authentic picture.

Another suggestion would be to paint your paper using weather symbols to turn into a calendar. You can buy these little calendar plaques from craft stores, or DIY stores and then make a simple twig frame out of string, and mount your picture in the frame. Or alternatively a similar effect is a large wall plaque.

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