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.
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
- Old Magazines
- Construction paper
- Glue sticks
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!