How to Make a Collage

Another year has come and passed, and to celebrate the year that was, we decided to do a collage of the things that inspired us, intrigued us, or brought a smile unto our faces in the year 2011.

A collage is a compilation of random things, usually pictures, scraps of papers, ribbons, yarns, buttons, or other materials with flat or semi-flat surfaces, combined together to create a whole new piece of work. It’s very simple to do and can be quite a lot of fun too.

To begin the activity, we’re going to need the following materials:

  • Old magazines, newspapers, brochures, stationery or pictures for clipping
  • cork board
  • buttons
  • stickers
  • glue
  • scissors
  • paintbrush
  • cup
  • any other random materials that you may want to use

Once we have our materials ready, we’re going to get things started by deciding on a theme. This part is actually optional, as you can just go for whatever you feel like combining together. But if you want something meaningful and memorable, you may want to pick a theme that helps you express yourself. It might be about your journey in life, the people you met, the lessons you learned, the achievements you made, your favorite things, or just about anything that’s close to your heart.

Then we can start cutting the clippings that we’re going to use for the collage. They don’t have to be of a specific shape. Aside from using different cuts for the clippings, you can also rip them apart, tear them into shreds, or burn their edges to give them a more interesting look.

Next, we’ll need the cork board. As the base, we can either leave it as it is, or we can also cover it with a thin layer of colored paper to serve as a background for the collage – which is what we did in this activity.

When our cork board is ready to use, we’ll start pasting the clippings we’ve previously gathered together. For our inspiration board, we decided to group the colors with similar hues together to create a smooth transition.

Of course, you can go wild and wacky and put clippings with random colors wherever you please. If you want to add a 3D look, also throw in some folded pieces of paper as well as some small and thin materials like yarn, buttons, ribbons, laces, leaves, or flowers.

Additionally, you can add some strips of paper with text written on them such as an important day in your life, a quote from your favorite movie or book, or you and your loved ones’ names. You can also paint the collage with glue to give it a glossy look.

Here’s our new inspiration board:

Number of hours to complete: 4 hours

Number of people in our team: 7

So that’s about it! We hope you had as much fun doing it as we did. Until next time!