Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY Scratch Paper from Recycled Books

Today I'm going to show you how to make your own scratch paper and scratch books.  This was a favorite project when I was in the classroom, but I used to have the students color their own paper with crayons.  That was time consuming, so I found a way to make it faster and recycle at the same time.

You will need:
Black Tempera Paint:  1/3 cup
Dishwashing soap:  1 tsp
Glossy colorful paper

I found that board books and the covers from paper back books work really well with this project.  Catalog covers and junk mail are good, too, as long as the paper is sturdy and glossy, like a calendar page.  I didn't have any spare calendars to use, but I will be saving them in January to use for this project!

To make this project:
Mix the soap into the paint, and cover the entire page with paint.
(My kids loved this and thought it was hilarious to paint over faces!)
They painted one thick layer of paint and let it dry.
I did two layers on mine, but the project worked either way (my way blocked out more of the color underneath, but the kids didn't seem to care!)

After the paint has dried, the kids are free to scratch away and reveal the bright colors underneath!

I used a stylus, but my children preferred using sandwich toothpicks, and even small sticks from the yard.  Some of them drew pictures and designs, while others just wanted to reveal the picture underneath.  Either way, it kept everyone (even my one year old!) entertained for a long time.  Enjoy!

(This tutorial was first featured on Ucreate with Kids!)

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  1. Cute idea! I need to do this, my son would definitely be into using a sharp stick. LOL!

  2. I remember doing this when I was young. I thought it was so cool!

  3. Great idea! We did this at a VBS and they loved it, the DIY version would be even better

  4. Thanks for sharing this craft project. It will be fun to do this with my nieces.

  5. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of recycle crafts! Check it out here:

  6. what a neat project! thanks for sharing.

  7. I'm going to try this over paint chip samples from the hardware store :) I think they are study and glossy enough. Thanks for the great idea. xx

  8. Is it possible to paint several pages at a time? How would they dry without sticking together?

  9. Fletcher Library is tricky to do the whole board book at once. I painted two facing pages, then held one page up (at about a 90 degree angle) to paint the next two. If the board book doesn't have too many pages, use a clothespin to clip the first and last pages together, stand the book up, and paint the inside pages. I hope that helps!


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