How to make paper mosaics with kids

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How to make paper mosaics with kids
Help your kids make beautiful mosaics at home. (brightly colours craft scissors on a white background image by Andrew Brown from

Looking for a fun and easy craft to keep your kids entertained after school or on a rainy day? Paper mosaics may be the answer. Not only is this recycled craft a great way to help the environment by reducing waste, but the level of complexity is completely adaptable based on the child's age. Help your children create a beautiful piece of art, place mats or even colourful handmade note cards.

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Things you need

  • Old magazines, catalogues or junk mail
  • Child safety scissors
  • Non-toxic glue sticks
  • Hole punches or paper punches (optional)
  • Black paper or blank dark note cards

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    Decide what you want your mosaic to look like. If you're making a free-form design, simply cut out or paper-punch out several different shapes and see where your creativity takes you. If you have a specific idea for a design, cut out shapes to suit your idea. For example, for a flower paper mosaic, cut stems, leaves and flower parts from paper with different colours, designs and textures. Mix solid colours with colourful prints for a diverse effect.

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    Begin gluing the tiles to the black paper or note cards with a glue stick.

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    Leave some space between tiles so that the black paper remains visible. This creates the mosaic effect. The design can be as simple or as intricate as you'd like. Just add a small design or fill the whole piece of paper.

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    Set your paper mosaic project aside to dry overnight and enjoy the finished results.

Tips and warnings

  • For younger children, consider using scissors that will only cut paper.
  • Supervise children when they are handling scissors.

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