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February 8, 2019

Express Yourself with Collage! 3 Crafty DIY Ideas

Everyone loves a nice collage! It’s an art form that began as far back in history as 200 BC, that has lasted throughout the ages until modern day. It can be any created from just about any medium you can imagine, and it’s something that anyone—at any age, and any skill level, can make. That’s why this month, we’re all about creative collages! Want to try your hand at this crafty skill yourself? Then look no further, because today we’re covering three clever collage DIY ideas that you can easily try at home!


tissue paper collage lynn giunta

Cut Paper Collage with Tissue Paper by Lynn Giunta

Image by Hallmark’s “Think Make Share” blog 


Skill level: Easy
Cost: $25 – $40 (depending on if you already own some of the materials needed)
Amount of time: 45 minutes – 1 hour 30 minutes


Looking to dip your toes into the world of collage for the very first time? Then this great, easy-to-follow tutorial with famed artist Lynn Giunta by Hallmark is a perfect read! All you need to achieve this chic and organic design is some colored tissue paper, a piece of MDF board or plywood, white paint, some paintbrushes, and a bottle of Mod Podge glue. Let’s start by preparing your canvas: paint your piece of wood white with either acrylic paint or gesso. Then, it’s time to start planning your design! Cut out shapes that you like out of your tissue paper with scissors, and play with your composition before gluing the pieces down. Take your time, experiment, and—most importantly—have fun! When you think you’re ready to finalize your creation, coat your piece of wood with a layer of Mod Podge. Then, use a small paintbrush to dab a little bit of Mod Podge on the back of each tissue piece, before placing it down on your board. Use your fingers to smooth out each piece and push out any air bubbles. When you’re satisfied with your work, step back and let all the glue dry. The final product is a one-of-a-kind chic wall hanging that is sure to add a pop of color to any room!


=geometric collage notebook cover by motte

Geometric Collage Notebook Covers Made From Fashion Magazines via Motte’s blog

Skill level: Intermediate
Cost: $25-$35
Amount of time: 1 – 2 hours


If you’re looking for something a bit more advanced, then how about these cool geometric collaged moleskin covers by Motte’s Blog? It’s a fantastic way to recycle any old magazines you have laying about, and add a personal touch to your belongings! Start by sketching out your geometric design on a piece of scrap paper with a ruler—the complexity of your design is all up to you. Then, sift through some magazines and cut out colors or patterns that inspire you. Next, acquire some carbon paper, and place this sheet between the cover of the notebook and your sketched out design.  Trace over your design again with a pen or pencil to transfer your design onto the cover of the notebook. Now it’s time to start cutting out all of those little shapes from your original sketch! Use the same method as before with the carbon paper on top of your magazine clippings, and transfer each shape onto a different clipping, cutting each one out with scissors. Arrange them together on top of your notebook and glue them down using a gluestick. Once you’re done, you’ll have a modern personal touch on your notebooks that you can show off at class or in the office!


floral napkin decoupage tabletop

Faded Floral Decoupage For Tabletop via A Handmade Cottage

Skill level: Advanced
Cost: $75 – $125 (depending on whether you own an old tabletop in need of a makeover or not)
Amount of time: 2 – 3 hours


Looking to add a touch of collage to your interior? Then let’s explore an entirely different medium—the art of decoupage! This amazing shabby-chic tutorial by JM of  A Handmade Cottage explains how to upcycle an old wooden tabletop into something fabulous by using paper napkins. Begin by acquiring a wooden tabletop from a thrift shop or antique store that could use some TLC, and pick out some cute napkins with a print that you like. Then, separate each napkin into a single layer, and roughly figure out how many you’ll be using by laying them out across the table until the entire surface is covered. Once you’ve got a game plan as to how you’ll be gluing your pieces down, grab a bottle of Mod Podge and a paintbrush and paint an even coat of glue across the entire table. Then, carefully place down each napkin. JM has discovered that placing a layer of clingwrap between your hand and the table keeps accidental tears from happening while smoothing down each piece—ingenious! Once finished, let the tabletop dry naturally. When it has dried, it’s time to smooth everything down via sanding. Use a fine to medium sandpaper to smooth out any bumps and creases, on the top and sides of the table. When everything is complete, add a few coats of a matte varnish to add a layer of protection to your collage creation.


Plan on attempting some collage art yourself? Which DIY project here is your favorite? Let us know in a comment below!


If you enjoyed this DIY-round up, check out our other ingenious crafting favorites: Gorgeous gifting ideas with paper, innovative ways to use wallpaper, and how to add abstract geometric design through DIY!


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