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.

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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 already have a subscription to for crafting, and you will always have what you need on hand! You can also check your local recycling center to see if they have any old magazines for your projects.

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?

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.

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

Here are some craft ideas:

1. Magazine Collage Craft 

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!

Star of David Craft, Stained-Glass Ornaments

Create this “Stained-Glass” Star of David Craft using tissue paper, glue and popsicle sticks!  It’s the perfect kid-made gift to send home during the holidays, and a cute craft to go along with Hanukkah-themed books and lessons!

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Star of David Craft

The sunlight shining through the ornaments creates a beautiful stained-glass effect!

 

Star of David Craft Materials:

Assemble The Star Frames 

After gathering your materials, you will create the star frames out of popsicle sticks. Each ornament uses six popsicle sticks.

Glue three popsicle sticks together to make an equilateral triangle. Repeat until you have two triangles for each ornament you will be making.

Let the triangles dry separately for about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are dry, place the triangles on top of one another facing opposite directions to see where they will connect. Add a few dots of glue and press the triangles together until they stick on their own. Set the star frame(s) aside to dry.

 

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Thin some glue by putting it in a little bowl and mixing it with some water.  This way, you can paint the strips of tissue paper onto the star and the paintbrush does all the work! Just a little bit of glue is all you need to make the tissue paper stick.

You might want to show your kids how to lay the strips of tissue paper over the popsicle sticks and paint the glue mixture on, starting where the paper touches the popsicle sticks.   The glue mixture will soak through the tissue paper and, when it dries, all the tissue paper pieces will be permently attached to the star frame!

 

Star of David Craft

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The Final Steps

After each child has finished adding the tissue paper to their star, you (or another adult) can touch up the stars before letting them dry. Use a paintbrush dipped in the water/glue solution and smooth out the edges of the tissue paper pieces. Fill in any gaps with a little extra tissue paper and just kinda touch them up a little bit, only if you want and the kids don’t mind!  You may also prefer to leave them as they are.

Place the completed Star of David ornaments aside and let them dry for 30 minutes to an hour.  Some kids may go overboard with the glue water so those may take a little bit longer to dry!

 

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I added names to small paper plates to help me keep track of who’s star was who’s but I felt like that was kind of wasteful. Next time I might try writing names on pieces of masking tape and attaching that to each star.

Once the tissue paper is dry,  you can write each student’s name and the year on the ornament with a Sharpie.  You could even get fancy and use a metallic Sharpie if you have one!

 

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Another thing to do once the paper is dry is poke a little hole through the tissue paper near the inside of the top point on the star using a well-sharpened pencil.

Thread a piece of ribbon or string through the hole and tie it in a loop so it can hang in a window, or anywhere the sunlight can shine through!

 

 

Star of David Craft

 

Did You Know?

The Star of David is a six-pointed figure consisting of two interlaced equilateral triangles. It is used as a Jewish and Israeli symbol and appears on the flag of Israel.

Books About Hanukkah for Kids

Before introducing the Star of David Craft, I like to give my students a little background on Hanukkah by reading a book beforehand. Here are a few books, available on Amazon, that you can use to help teach your children about why people celebrate Hanukkah, as well as the common symbols and traditions associated with this holiday.

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Cute Worm Craft

We made this cute worm craft to go along with our creepy crawly theme.

You can re-create this scene of a cute worm underground with a small view of the sky.  As an extra touch, cut out a movable paper stone and place it in the grass!

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • glue sticks
  • scissors
  • construction paper
  • markers

Directions:

  1. First, draw an outline of the worm on a piece of pink construction paper. You can use the picture above as a guide if you want. Cut out the worm’s body.
  2. On another piece of pink construction paper, draw an outline of the neck. This piece makes it look more worm-like, and less like a snake. Cut out the neck piece and glue it onto the worm’s body. Set the worm aside.
  3. On the brown construction paper for the background. Draw dots and speckles on the brown construction paper with a marker to make it look like dirt.
  4. Cut a 3 inch strip of blue construction paper for the sky and glue it to the top of your paper.
  5. Next cut a 1.5 inch strip of green paper and snip it along the side to make grass.  Line it up and glue the bottom of the grass to where the brown construction paper meets the blue construction paper.
  6. Glue the worm to the dirt area.
  7. Cut out small gray ovals and glue them onto the brown background to make pebbles. Draw dots and lines to make them look more realistic.  Make a bigger pebble and tuck it into the grass – no need to glue it down, and it’s fun to move around!

Printable Cat Template – Cute, Fat, and Rolly

These fat cats are cute no matter how you glue them together! And they are super easy to make so they’re the perfect cutting and gluing activity for kids in pre-school and kindergarten.

Just download and print the free printable cat template. Then color, cut and paste!

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You will need

1. Download and print the the cat template*.  *See thumbnail to the right—>cat-template-thumbnail

2. Kids cut out the different shapes.

3. Kids color the pieces with markers or crayons.

3. Kids glue the pieces together to finish their unique and awesome fat cat!

Every child will put their cat template together differently.  I love doing this activity with my kids because its so easy, and at the same time it reinforces cutting skills.  After we are done, I display each child’s work around the classroom.

You could also attach a straw or a popsicle stick to the back of the cat with tape to make a cute cat puppet that kids will love!

 

If you are interested in this craft, you might also like:

Black Cat Craft – A 3D paper cat that can be a puppet or hang on the wall.

Cat Puppet – An easy printable cat template craft.  Just print out, cut, and color, then add a straw or popsicle stick to make a puppet.

Cat House Drawing – An easy drawing of a house filled with lots and lots of cats!