How to Make a Free Best Friends Collage

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How to Make a Free Best Friends Collage
A friendship can be represented with the gift of a collage. (friends image by Mat Hayward from

Making a collage of photos is an entertaining way to express yourself. A collage featuring you and your friends can be a unique way to decorate your room or it can serve as a thoughtful gift to a friend. Many kinds of computer software allow for collages to be assembled on the screen, but there's nothing like putting together a traditional collage of images by hand. If you've got the necessary photos and material, a collage can be made at little or no cost.

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Things you need

  • Photos
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Poster board

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  1. 1

    Decide on the theme of your collage. If you are creating a collage dedicated to the friendship between you and one or more other individuals, the collage can reflect elements of that friendship.

  2. 2

    Select a number of photos you wish to use for the collage. In a friendship collage, the photos should be of you as well as the friend or friends you are honouring. Choose a variety of sizes and shapes of photos, as well as photos taken from different periods of your life. The more variety, the more enjoyable your collage will be.

  3. 3

    Browse through several kinds of magazines or newspapers to select headlines or advertisement words that typify the friendship theme of your collage. Rip out the pages of the magazine or newspaper that contain the words or phrases you wish to add to the collage. If you notice any images or graphics that you wish to add, rip them out too.

  4. 4

    Cut each photo in a way that makes it into a unique shape. A collage full of standard, 4x6-inch photos would look dull. An interesting-looking collage should be full of different-sized photos cut in different ways. If you have a photo of you and a friend, for instance, cut around your bodies and discard the background.

  5. 5

    Cut the words or phrases out of the magazine pages you removed. The words should be a variety of sizes, shapes, fonts and colours.

  6. 6

    Paste the larger images onto the poster board first, and then paste other images around the large, key photos. Ensure each image is completely pasted to the board to avoid loose corners that will fray. Every area of the poster board should be covered in either a photo or word.

    If you wish the friendship theme to be extra apparent, try writing a phrase such as Best Friends or Friendship in letters at the top or centre of the collage. These words don't need to be found in a magazine; they can be assembled from miscellaneous letters cut out of magazines and newspapers.

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