7 Magazine Collages – Upcycle Magazines to Create Works of Art

Create unique magazine collages while you recycle, reduce, and reuse. Reusing old magazines means less paper waste and you can use this activity to teach kids about recycling and repurposing.
Magazine Collage

Here are some tips for making the most out of your magazines.

Select Magazines with High Quality Images

While selecting magazines for your collage, think about the overall look you want your collage to encompass.  Do you want to create a serene nature scene or a bubbling social statement?

Pick the type of magazine that will work best for your project.  This one seems like a no brainer, but if you are trying to make a magazine collage out of Time Magazine cuttings, be prepared to use the text as part of your artwork.

National Geographic is a great magazine for many types of collages. It’s pages are filled with gorgeous photographs of interesting people and animals.  The colorful pictures in National Geographic can be used for magazine collages, dream boards, and many other art projects.

Search & Find Free or Inexpensive Magazines 

You can find inexpensive magazines at thrift stores and yard sales. Even better is getting them for free. Save the magazines you have a subscription to for crafting and you will always have what you need on hand. You can also check your local library or doctor’s office to see if they have any old magazines for your projects. One more place to look for used magazines is at the recycling center.

Once you have all of your magazines, you are ready to start your collage.

Need some ideas for your craft? Try one of these:

1. Cut-out Magazine Collage Craft – See Picture Above

Materials

  •  Old Magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors

Directions

1.  Cut shapes and pictures that interest you out of old magazines and arrange them on a piece of construction paper. Add the largest images first.

2.  Add smaller pieces to cover up rough edges and fill in any empty spots.

3. Try to cover up the entire piece of construction paper with magazine images.  The more images you use, the more intricate and interesting your collage will be!

 

2. Dream Board Magazine Collage

1. Use magazine cut-outs to create a dream-board.  Instead of using a piece of construction paper as your background, use a canvas and glue the cut-out magazine pictures down with rubber cement.  Use the rubber cement over top of the collage to seal the image and keep the magazine clippings in place.

Here is a tutorial for creating the dream board magazine collage shown in the picture above (also called a vision board):  http://nicolewolf.com/create-your-vision-for-this-year/

 

3. Create A Silhouette Magazine Collage

Fill the silhouette with images of what you are thinking about or anything that interests you. In the article with the original idea (link is below), it tells you to draw around a child’s face to get your silhouette, but I think it would be easier, and look nicer, if you took a picture, and then cut around the silhouette with scissors.  Either way, here is what it looks like:

Once you have the magazines for your collage, flip through the pages and find the images that you will be cutting up for your collage.

Original idea here (tons of self-portrait ideas too): http://www.incredibleart.org/lessons/elem/images/Jeryl-silhouette.jpg

 

 

 

And if you are looking for even more ideas on how you can reuse old magazines and other junk mail and paper, check out this page with 100 ways to creatively reuse old magazines!

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Construction Paper Collages

For these pretty construction paper collages you can reuse leftover scrap paper to make a beautiful picture. Cut out and glue shapes onto black construction paper and color the background with crayons or colored pencils.

scrap paper collage

Use black construction paper as a background to make the colors in your collage really stand out.  Crayons and colored pencils will still show up over the black paper and you can also color on lighter paper that you have added to your craft.

flower and rainbow collage image

Big flowers, rainbows, and hearts are a few ideas to get you started, but wil a little imagination, you will be coming up with tons of pretty pictures!

Materials

  • glue bottles
  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • sequins
  • hole punchers
  • crayons
  • plastic buttons
  • google eyes
  • other craft materials or scraps

Directions

This craft is pretty self-explanatory and results will vary based on what kid of materials you use.  You will simply use your imagination to create a pretty picture, made out of  whatever materials you have around.  You might want to create an example to show your kids what you will be doing before they start, or you can just give them the materials and let their creative spirits run free!

I had a bunch of extra die cuts lying around so I used them to make the construction paper collage shown in the picture above.I also added some plastic buttons and google eyes to my craft.

If you don’t have die cut shapes then just cut shapes out of scrap paper. You can even use a fun hole punch and sequins to decorate the collage. Check your local art store for more ideas!

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