Ideas for Making Collages


Collages are fun to make alone or as part of a group. They are a great way to indulge in a little creativity, and no matter how lacking you think your artistic skills are, collages are hard to mess up. The finished product provides you with a great piece of wall art to display things that evoke memories of a place or event.

Nature Collage

  • A nature collage is a terrific way to collect and display things found on a camping trip, hike or day at the beach. On your day out, give everyone a plastic baggie so they can collect whatever little treasures they find in nature: colorful fallen leaves, small sea shells, river stones, twigs and sticks, moss or flower petals.

    Take the objects home and lay out a sheet of poster board. Get a shadowbox frame for the display and cut the poster board to fit into the frame.

    Arrange all the items on the poster board and use a hot glue gun to affix them. Put it into the frame, hang it up and you have a wonderful memory of your trip, favorite season or favorite nature spot.

Old Photo Collage

  • Almost everyone has a box of old photographs they don't know what to do with. Usually they were not good enough to make it into an album or frame, but you didn't have the heart to throw them away. Alone, they might be just pictures caught of someone making a funny face, with their eyes closed or with bad lighting. Together, they make a wonderfully fun display of very real, if imperfect, moments.

    Take your photos and a piece of cardstock paper. Cut some of the photos into different shapes for the collage, such as a heart, circle, free form or trim closely around the subject so they look like a paper doll.

    Use a glue stick to glue the photos onto the page. Start with the largest photos first. Fill in spaces with smaller images that were cut. Lay some straight and tilt others to make it look more random. Fill in every available space, overlapping photos on top of each other until you can't see any of the cardstock behind them.

    If necessary, trim any photo edges that overlap the edge of the cardstock. Put it into a frame. You can hang it or give it away. They make a wonderful, inexpensive gift.

Party Collage

  • Next time you are having a party, have your guests help create a collage during the event. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary or holiday, you and your guests can make a great collage together to commemorate it.

    Go to a craft shop and purchase some paper-crafting embellishments that suit the occasion, such as die cuts, stickers or foam shapes. Before the party starts, tape a piece of poster board to a wall. On a nearby table put out your embellishments, some glitter pens, glue sticks and double-sided tape. Also provide an instant camera or two and some film for guests to use during the party.

    As the party goes on, encourage guests to create the collage. Invite them to stick on any of the embellishments, or to take instant photos and stick them to the collage. Let them scribble things onto the poster board with the glitter pens.

    You can glue on scraps of any items found at the party as well, such as streamers, decorative cardboard cake plates or printed napkins. If it's a birthday party, glue on some ribbon and gift wrap scraps. If it's a Christmas party, glue on some candy canes, and if it's a Halloween party, glue on some candy corn and paper masks.

    When the party is over, frame your collage and display it to remember the big bash.

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