While many work on the weekends, others like me look for some creative but fun activities to concentrate on with my kids. A friend of mine admitted that her go-to weekend craft was collage making. It’s simple but infinitely adaptable, accessible to any artist’s age, and requires only a few basic supplies.
I decided to give it a try.
Here, we take the standard 2D compositions into three dimensions. However, because this project combines a bit of everything I love – typography, patterns, paper, miniatures, and rubber cement – I did go after a more sophisticated shape for our “repair shop.”
For parents who enjoy working on projects just as much as their children, make this a team effort and construct a really cool shape for your shop. For kids who would instead tackle this alone, any open box will do just fine!
This was how I did my own collage:
Age: age four and above
Time: 30 minutes to an hour
- Small or medium-size cardboard box
- Magazines for collage (best magazines for excellent designs include those with patterns, colors, and typography: including Wired, Metropolis, NY Times Magazine, and Inserts if you are willing to give these over to your scissor-wielding progeny.)
- Rubber cement (hands-down the best glue for paper projects) or any glue or glue stick
- Toy cars or other small playthings
- First, construct your shape with the cardboard box. You can either be sophisticated with your construction or stay simple.
- Pull out sheets of different designs and patterns from the magazines. Ensure the paper designs complement one another, and the colors and patterns are your styles. Here we chose patterns, text, large types, and natural scenes for an all-graphic backdrop. As a challenge, we left out people and recognizable objects.
- The next step is to create your collage by covering the box inside and out with strips of the magazines
- Glue these pieces together with the glue stick or rubber cement or any glue that works well with paper.
- Add your toy cars and other objects to the interior of the box like we did here.
- Personalize your own collage and create shapes of your choice!
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