The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District's Community Based Instruction Programs received a Michigan Transition Services Association Mini-Grant to start a papermaking program in 2005.

PaperMaking is a work-based learning site that allows students to learn a broad range of employment skills.  Students learn how to work well with others, follow and complete a process, build stamina and many other skills.

Students will ensure that a high quality product is produced and will participate in all aspects of the production process including helping to assemble greeting cards from the paper they make.

Students from our Community Based Instruction sites of Grand Haven, Holland, Hudsonville and students from the Ottawa Area Center are using this opportunity as a volunteer work site. The students participate in jobs from the beginning of the process by sorting, shredding, and bagging the paper to be recycled.   They also work on the line through various jobs of  dipping, framing, vacuuming, running the switch, hanging paper, and rolling.  Students also take time to participate by the gluing in of the inserts, packaging, and selling of the products. The cards are for sale at Ottawa Area Center, City On A Hill Papermaking, Revive, Ditto's, Wolfs Den at Careerline Tech Center and different locations in the community.  The business' support is greatly appreciated.  Staff and students are having fun learning and performing the various jobs that Papermaking has to offer. Papermaking 101 is located in at Zeeland City On A Hill in Zeeland, Michigan. 

We make our paper in a variety of colors and often include things in the pulp to create unique looks and effects.  Some items that can be added are glitter, crayon shavings, dried flowers, seeds, newspaper, and confetti.


All cards are $1.00

All cards include a blank insert and envelope.  Specialty Cards are available for Birthday, Anniversary, Thank You, Thinking Of You, Get Well, Sympathy, Baby, Wedding, Holidays, Graduation and Miscellaneous.

Paper Size: 5 in. x 7 in.

$0.25 for 1 Sheet
$1.00 for 4 Sheets

Paper Size: 9 in. x 11 in.

$0.35 for 1 Sheet
$1.00 for 4 Sheets

If you would like to see the product, we would be willing to meet with you at a planned time to over details.  Thank you for the interest in our product!

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Tara Buter