During the two weeks my brother is staying with me, I will get him to collect up any scrap paper, including his own notes, receipts, tickets, flyers etc. I have just been given a badge maker, so will will make some 'memory buttons' using some of the paper.
One of my favourite illustrators Rob Hodgson posted his experiments with paper-making, so of course we will do this too! I bought a magic frame and mesh, but you can also make this yourself. We have a basic hand-blender. We will add lots of water, so my cheap blender doesn't die! You can add as much water as you want when making paper, as you then drain and dry.
I really like Rob Hodgson's monster experiments. I will show this to my brother and see what he wants to make with the paper, but will give him some ideas of bunting, seed paper and postcards. What else could we make?
Part of the purpose of this is to not be wasteful and to recycle. I will tell him about this challenge (and the button making) at the start of his visit, so he can be thoughtful when collecting different materials. This could be a good end-of-year task in school - students could even use paper from torn-down displays!