I just made these with my third grade class for Mother's Day. There is practically no cost if you own at least one or more of those terra cotta cookie molds. I have 3, so it worked well. It is a homemade paper wall hanging thingie. :o) I don't know what else to call it, but all of the other teachers at my school liked what they saw today. :o)
All you do is:
- Tear up newspaper into tiny pieces.
- Mix 2 cups of water with about 1 1/2 cups of newspaper in a blender.
- Start on a slow speed and then blend to create a gray liquid with small pieces of pulp in it.
- Pour it into a strainer and push much of the water out with the back of a spoon.
- Pour it into one of the cookie molds and press it down into the mold.
- Sponge out most of the water and then absorb as much water as you can with dry towels as you press with your finger tips.
- Let it dry over night or bake it a 275 degrees F. for about 20 minutes. The mold is ready for another girl.
- Pop it out of the mold, colour the raised pattern it makes with pastel chalk and rub the colour in with your fingers.
- Add a piece of ribbon or raffia to hang it by. You can glue this to the back with a glue gun. A raffia bow looks great glued to the top of the front side too.
This is not only free, if you have the molds, but it is recycling. :o)