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Paper Crafts - Paper Collage

Updated: Apr 12

Creating a paper collage is a fantastic way to express creativity and make use of various materials. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to create a paper collage:

Materials Needed:

  • Various papers (magazines, newspapers, colored paper, wrapping paper, tissue paper, etc.)

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick or liquid glue

  • Base surface (canvas, heavy paper, cardboard, etc.)

  • Optional: Paint, markers, pens, stamps, stencils, or any other embellishments you'd like to incorporate into your collage


  1. Gather Materials: Collect a variety of papers for your collage. You can use old magazines, newspapers, scrapbooking paper, or any other paper materials you have on hand. Think about the color scheme, patterns, and textures you'd like to incorporate into your collage.

  2. Prepare Your Base: Choose a base surface for your collage. This could be a canvas, heavy paper, cardboard, or any other sturdy material. Prepare the surface by priming it with a coat of paint or leaving it as is, depending on your preference.

  3. Plan Your Design: Before you start cutting and gluing, take some time to plan out your collage design. Think about the composition, arrangement of elements, and overall theme or mood you want to convey. You can sketch out your ideas on paper or simply visualize them in your mind.

  4. Cut Out Shapes and Images: Begin cutting out shapes, images, and patterns from your paper materials. You can cut out specific objects, such as flowers, animals, or geometric shapes, or you can cut out abstract shapes and patterns to use as background elements.

  5. Arrange the Pieces: Once you have a collection of cut-out pieces, start arranging them on your base surface. Play around with different layouts and combinations until you find a composition that you're happy with. You can overlap pieces, layer them, or leave spaces between them for added depth and interest.

  6. Glue Down the Pieces: Once you're satisfied with the arrangement, start gluing down the pieces onto the base surface. Use a glue stick or liquid glue to adhere the paper elements securely in place. Be sure to apply glue evenly to the back of each piece to prevent wrinkles and air bubbles.

  7. Add Embellishments (Optional): If desired, enhance your collage with additional embellishments such as paint, markers, pens, stamps, or stencils. You can add details, outlines, or shading to the paper elements to make them stand out or create texture and depth on the base surface.

  8. Final Touches: Step back and take a look at your collage. Make any final adjustments or additions to the composition as needed. Consider adding a title or caption to your collage if it tells a story or conveys a specific message.

  9. Allow to Dry: Once you're happy with your collage, allow it to dry completely before handling or displaying it. This will ensure that the glue and any additional materials have fully adhered to the base surface.

  10. Display or Share: Once your collage is dry, it's ready to be displayed or shared with others. You can frame it, hang it on the wall, or give it as a gift to someone special. Be proud of your creative work and enjoy the process of making paper collages!


  • Experiment with different papers, textures, and colors to create visual interest in your collage.

  • Don't be afraid to layer and overlap paper elements to create depth and dimension.

  • Use contrasting colors and patterns to make certain elements stand out.

  • Consider incorporating found objects or three-dimensional elements into your collage for added texture and visual appeal.

  • Have fun and let your imagination guide you as you create your paper collage masterpiece!

With these steps and tips, you can create beautiful and unique paper collages that showcase your creativity and artistic vision. Enjoy the process and have fun exploring different techniques and materials!

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