Making your own recycled paper is not only good for the environment but it is a lot of fun too! Find out how to make a paper earth craft from used bits of paper. Celebrate Earth Day with an easy hands-on recycling activity!

Celebrate Earth Day

What is Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for the protection of the environment.

Earth Day started in 1970 in the United States as a way to focus people’s attention on environmental issues. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and saw new environmental laws passed.

In 1990 Earth Day went global, and today billions of people around the world participate in support of the protection of our Earth. Together, let’s help look after our planet!

Are you wondering what things you can do for Earth Day with your kids? Earth Day is an awesome time to introduce essential concepts such as recycling, pollution, planting, composting, and recycling with kids.

We have tons of simple hands-on Earth Day activities, including this recycled paper earth craft below to help you get started.

Check out over 35 Earth Day activities that great for younger and older kids too!

Why Recycle?

Recycling old paper into new paper is good for the environment. By recycling, you and your family can help reduce the world’s need for new paper and the industry’s toxic emissions.

Instead of throwing out old catalogs, used writing paper or construction paper scraps, you and your kids can recycle them at home into beautiful new paper for reuse!

Also check out how to turn old scraps of paper into seed bombs!

Get your free printable Earth Day STEM challenges!

Recycled Paper Earth Project


  • Old newspaper
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Food coloring
  • Strainer
  • Paper towels
  • Pan or dish
  • Oven


STEP 1: Cut up about a cup of newsprint into small strips.

STEP 2: Add the paper strips and a 1/2 cup of water into a blender.Blend the paper into a pulp. (Pulp is the major raw material used in papermaking.)

STEP 4: Pour this material into your strainer to remove the excess water. Use a spoon to press the pulp into the screen.

STEP 4: Place the circle of pulp onto a pile of paper towels and then place in an oven safe pan/dish.

STEP 5: Add drops of food coloring so your circle resembles the Earth.

STEP 6: Place the pan into an oven, preheated to 200 degrees. Heat your pulp for 4 hours, or until dry and hard.

STEP 7: Trim the edges of your recycled paper ‘Earth’.

More Fun Earth Day Activities

Combine art and science with a coffee filter earth activity.

Try this fun earth craft from paint chip cards.

Make easy earth art with our printable earth template.

Enjoy an Earth Day coloring page or Earth Day zentangle.


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Hands on Earth Day Activities for kids