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One of my favorite ways to recycle paper, especially good, acid-free paper, is to use it to create new objects. These Christmas ornaments are made from a combination of drawing paper and other scrap paper using clay form cookie molds. The paper is shredded, placed in a blender with water and whirled until it returns to pulp. The pulp is drained in a strainer and then pressed into the molds. When the paper is dry, they pop out of the mold. Then they are trimmed (or not) and painted. Some in the photo are gilded and then painted. A final coat of urethane is painted on. The ornaments last many years. They are very light and make great tree ornaments — simple and effective recycling.

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