Collages made from magazine pictures and family photographs add personality and style to any room. Instead of simply pasting pictures together on a piece of paper and framing it, try getting a little creative with collage craft projects. Make both functional and decorative items for the home with your favorite photos and images.
Photo Collage Placemats
Children and grown-ups alike may enjoy making their own personalized placemats with treasured photos, or even images and text clippings from magazines. Simply cut out a rectangle or oval shape from card stock or construction paper and cover with images. Cut the pictures in different shapes and sizes to create a textured look or theme, and use glue to secure them to the paper placemat. Once the paper is covered with images, use contact paper or a laminating machine to cover both sides of the placemat, forming an easy-to-clean, spill-proof placemat.
Tissue Box Collage
One of the first things people go for when they're feeling sad or unwell is the tissue box. Put a little extra comfort within reach with a homemade tissue box collage using photos of cherished vacations, holidays and other family memories. Purchase a plain, plastic tissue box cover. Cut photos into 2-inch circles, arrange them onto the tissue box with a little glue or double-sided tape and use a paintbrush to apply a coat of Mod Podge sealer over the box.
Instead of purchasing pre-made cards this holiday season, make your own greeting cards to save a little cash and add a personalized touch. Purchase plain cards from a stationary or office supply store, and cover the front of each card with cut-out photos and images using tape or glue. Use personal photos as well as magazine images associated with the holiday for a festive touch. Cut a piece of contact paper and place over the card fronts, folding edges into the inside of the card, to seal photos and create a smooth finish. Add a personalized message to the inside of each card.
Collage Shadowbox Crafts
A baby's first blanket, a child's first haircut, a little boy's first "big kid" bedroom---sometimes, a parent's most cherished memories of their children are associated with objects as well as photographs. Instead of storing valuable mementos in a box in the attic or basement, work them into collage shadowboxes to transform them into decorative art. Cut scraps of fabric, old hair ribbons, wallpaper or other materials and objects and place them inside a shadowbox or deep frame. Make a photo collage for the background of the box using pictures associated with the special milestone, age or place being memorialized in the shadowbox.
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