How to Create a Christmas Collage

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Add a personal touch to your Christmas decor with a Christmas collage. This can be anything that makes you happy and reminds you of the spirit of Christmas. Items that you choose for your collage should all bring up a happy memory or emotion of some sort. It's meant to be a sentimental odyssey of the visual arts and you can bring anything you want to that. Celebrating is what decorating for Christmas is all about and this is simply an extension of that celebration.

  • Gather the preferred items for the collage. You could make a photo collage with duplicate family photographs through the years. You could include your parent's Christmases, your own and your children's. You could take it a different route and include only the Christmas joy of your children. You could pick magazine photos only, or you could pick all kinds of different things. Some choose to cut apart old vinyl covers purchased for a dollar at the vintage shop, and others choose Christmas advertisements. It's all up to you so let your imagination soar.

  • Lay out the poster board or frame reference for the collage. You should have a flat board or paper to assemble the collage upon. You can even use the back paper of a picture frame that you want to put the collage in. It doesn't matter what your foundation is, but you need to set it up on a flat surface, preferably a work table that provides you with lots of room to design.

  • Start with a centerpiece. Let the largest photo--or the one that means the most to you--sit close to the center of the collage. There is some room to change here if you like things a bit off-centered. The focus of this collage must first be the main photograph. That should be considered sort of the climax of the story of your collage.

  • Make a circle around the centerpiece. You can go back and forth, up and down and all around. Decorating it doesn't have to stay in a clockwise pattern, but it should keep circling back around. Lay all the pieces of the collage together, but don't glue them yet. You want to be certain before you bring out the glue, adhesives or glue gun.

  • Change things around. Unless you really fall in love with your first impression of your collage, try a few different ways before committing to one design. There is a lot of room for creativity here.

  • Decide on a final arrangement for the collage. Glue the pieces to the paper.

  • Cut off any loose ends and let it dry overnight.

  • Insert the collage into a Merry Christmas frame if possible. Replace typical art in your home with the Christmas collage. This should last for the whole month of December and the typical art can once again resume its place after Christmas.

Tips & Warnings

  • Let your instincts guide you when it comes to making a collage. A collage is a visual expression of passion and thought.
  • Don't rush through the collage process. This could be a treasure in your home for years to come.

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