Repurpose - Paper Greeting Card

Feb. 18, 2017

The average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year and  44% of that goes to the landfill unopened.  We all receive junk mail and often have no purpose but to recycle, or worse, throw away, the piles and piles we receive. Repurposed paper greeting card is a creative way to reuse your junk mail to make something new.  Save your junk mail for a few weeks and get prepared to make your own recycled paper greeting cards.

To make these cards, begin by collecting your junk mail for a few weeks. You will need a paper press, and luckily Ecoverse has one waiting to be used. Come to one of our paper card making classes to use it yourself. You will also need a blender or food processor and water.

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To make your card, you need to sort through your mail.  Black and white junk mail is used to make the base of the card and colored paper can be added for designs.  Unfortunately, you cannot use any mail that has a shiny, wax coating on the outside, just paper mail.  Once separated, you are ready to begin.

  1. Add shredded paper to the blender with water and blend into a pulp.
  2. Pour the pulp onto the screen, avoiding an of the cookie cutters used to make a design later on.  Cover all areas of the screen with a thin layer of the pulp.
  3. Gently rub your fingers underneath the screen to release any excess water from the pulp.
  4. Once most of the water has stopped dripping, pour another layer of pulp over the first layer.  Repeat the process for a total of 3 layers.
  5. Now blend your colored paper with water, and add the colored pulp to the cookie cutters, using the same method as described above. Be careful not to rub too hard or the cookie cutters may move.
  6. Remove the top screen and place a sheet of absorbent paper onto the pulp.  Gently press straight down onto the paper to absorb the water.
  7. Holding the absorbent paper in place, flip the screen over onto a towel.
  8. Place the second piece of absorbent paper on top, and gently press to remove water.
  9. To speed up the process, an iron may be used to help steam off some of the water.
  10. Once dry, you are ready to use your paper!

Your "new" card can be written on with markers, pens, pencils, or even painted on.  Write a thoughtful message on the back or write a seasonal greeting.  Give the card to a family member, friend, teacher, or anyone you want to share your greeting with.  The recipient will be thankful and you can share how the card was made from recycled paper.

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