Does your child like dinosaurs? Then they will love creating this scrap paper collage art! Or even if they don’t, they could imagine up something different and use this same paper scraps method to create a fun sticker art scene. Perhaps a bug theme or even a holiday one. My son looked through his sticker book and decided on dinosaurs. It’s actually quite simple to create and can be adapted for kids of all ages.
*This post originally appeared on the Gummy Lump Toys blog.
Construction paper – we used jumbo construction paper
Choose scrap papers in colors that you need for your scene. We chose ones in all different shades of each color. Cut them up into different sized pieces. If you do not have scrap paper lying around somewhere, cut pieces of construction paper or even scrapbook papers. I keep pieces in gallon sized bags for projects such as collages and child-made confetti.
Scrap Paper Collage Art Instructions:
Have the child draw their scene – simple with no details (think coloring pages). I went back over my son’s drawing to make it darker for the purpose of this blog post, but he drew the whole scene himself with little direction from me. He wanted a volcano and I suggested an island with a palm tree. I showed him an example on the computer.
Choose which area you would like to create first – my son wanted to do the volcano. He painted white school glue inside his volcano outline.
Then, he took the scrap papers in shades of brown and placed them on trying to stay inside the lines. He repeated this same process for the rest of his dinosaur scene creating clouds, an island, water, lava, and the sky.
As he was making it, I realized that we should have made the sky before making the clouds and island with the palm tree. It makes a cleaner edge, I had to peel parts of the palm tree up a little to have the blue sky underneath. I helped him with the sky since he was starting to get a bit antsy. I had tried to get him to cut bigger pieces of scrap squares & rectangles but he was having too much fun making skinny rectangles. The teeny pieces made it a bit tedious so I definitely recommend having them cut bigger than his.
I also helped him fill in spaces where the green background was peeking through. If any areas have parts that aren’t sticking down, just take a paintbrush and brush glue over the top. We also left an area without anything glued to it in an effort to make it more interesting to look at (the green grass area). Set it aside to dry.
To finish his little masterpiece, he added dinosaur stickers throughout the page. He really loved how it turned out!
Your children will have fun coming up with new scenes to create! In this particular sticker pad, there are pirates, race cars, sports, outer space and ones that are perfect for a zoo, jungle, or castle scene.
This craft can easily be adapted for toddlers. They can tear the paper making it a great sensory activity. You could even cut long strips beforehand for them to rip into smaller pieces. Have it be completely up to the child how many pieces they want to place on a spot that they choose verses having a drawing for them to follow. The finished piece could then be cut into a fun shape like a heart or even a silhouette of something like an elephant.
What scrap paper collage art would your kids enjoy making?