Wrapping Paper Collage

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Learn how to make a cool collage using leftover bits of wrapping paper.

By Andrea Mulder-Slater

What You Need:

  • wrapping paper scraps
  • safety scissors
  • glue
  • white poster paper or construction paper (9″ x 12″)
  • pencil and eraser

What You Do:

Choose a design or image to work with. This could be a fish, a rooster, a sunshine or a car… whatever you decide is fine.

Lightly draw an outline of your image onto the poster paper – remembering to keep it simple.

Cut your wrapping paper up into shapes that you can use to create your image. Take some time to work out all the details.

When you are happy with your choices, glue the wrapping paper shapes down onto your poster paper drawing.

Did You Know:

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC describes collage as a technique that incorporates fragments of commercially printed paper into compositions. They also say, today, any material glued or fastened to a surface may be called a collage.

Collage is often said to have been invented by Cubism artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. However, many years prior to Cubism, Italian portrait painters often pasted small bits of gilded paper and sometimes jewels and stones onto their paintings.