1. Students will collect paper from cereal boxes, old greeting cards and packaging. (Any thick paper will do. It doesn't even have to be white, since it will be painted over.)
2. Using scissors or a paper trimmer students will trim down the paper to a workable size. (Remove any torn edges or box flaps from paper.)
3. Start decorating your paper with patterns. (It doesn't have to be the same pattern repeated. It can take on an abstract look. Use rulers and circle makers or whatever else you have on hand to help you. If students need inspiration use magazines, the internet or even their own clothes for ideas.)
4a. Once completed collect all the pattern paper from the students to be stored away for future projects.
4b. Trade pattern paper with other classes.
Use pattern paper for arts and crafts projects for school. Another idea is to trade paper with other classrooms.
The 3rd image up above is a sunny day scene made from recycled greeting cards.