Take 4 large newspaper pieces (the whole thing, unfolded) and
fold together. Basically this is just one section of the paper,
minus any of those half-pages they sometimes throw in. Lay it
horizontally in front of you, with the fold at the bottom. Then
do some type of painting on the front. I am thinking about a
lesson I saw here that used their names. Measue 1/2" lines
horizontally across the page. Write name in block letters.
Choose a color to use and put pure color at either top, bottom
or middle. Then as you go away from that section (either
working up, down or out from the center) make the color either a
tint or a shade. I'm sorry I can't credit who gave me the
idea. I just immediately made one & didn't save the post!
Anyway, basically decorate it any way you choose, with paint
to cover the news print. Then after they dry, laminate them
open, fold again and tape up the sides. I measured and the
unfolded sheet fits into my laminating machine. I think the
quadruple folded newspaper will be strong enough, since these
don't go home until the end of the semester. Plus they are big
enough for 12x18" projects.
Hope this helps someone :?)