More than 2,000 years ago, the Chinese were the first to use fiber from hemp and the inner bark of the mulberry tree to make paper. Today paper is of our most important industrial products. In the United States, we each use (on average) 660 pounds of paper a year. Paper, it seems, is everywhere. And that's why paper craft projects are always a popular choice for home or school.
Ken Blackburn loves making paper airplanes and currently holds the Guinness Book record for time aloft (27.6 seconds.) It all started at age thirteen, when Ken created a paper plane that could fly over a quarter of a mile. He kept refining the design, and while in college won his first world record. It was November, 1983, and Ken's winning entry stayed aloft for 16.89 seconds. And yes, he does share his plans on how to fold a record breaking plane. Look for the "Paper Airplanes You Can Fold" link.
For younger hands, MakingFriends.com gives us fourteen "economical, age-appropriate paper projects for two to five year olds." All projects include detailed instructions, and many include printable templates for cutting or coloring. But don't stop at the preschool paper projects. MakingFriends.com is chock full of pages and pages of craft ideas for kids of all ages.
Created by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), Paper University includes not just paper craft projects but also interesting science activities ("How Does a Paper Towel Absorb Water?") and an introduction to the ecology of paper manufacturing ("Are We Running out of Trees?" and "How is Paper Recycled?") Click on Art Class for five craft projects including a recipe for paper mache, pulp ornaments and jewelry made with candy molds, and a stuffed paper bag fish.