How to Arrange a Collage of Pictures

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How to Arrange a Collage of Pictures
Display some of your favourite pictures in a collage. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Pictures capture our most precious memories and display snippets of our lives. They provide a visual documentation of things that we have done and those who are important to us. An attractive way to display your photos is in a collage. Not only are they visually appealing, but they also serve as a unique way of telling a story with pictures. You can make a collage that documents a trip, a memorable day or a period of time in your life, or you can make a collage that features pictures throughout different periods of your life, serving as a visual timeline.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Poster board
  • Straight edge
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Picture frame
  • Photo matting (optional)

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  1. 1

    Place a poster board on a flat surface. Decide whether you want to position the poster board in a vertical or horizontal position.

  2. 2

    Decide which photos you want to feature in your collage. Lay the photos on the poster board, determining the best way to lay out the collage. One idea is to choose your favourite photo or the picture that best sums up the collage and place it directly in the centre. Surround the centre picture with accent pictures or pictures that help tell the story of the collage you are creating. For instance, if you're creating a collage that documents a vacation, place your favourite photo in the centre of the arrangement and surround it with other pictures from your trip. Try different arrangements to see which look you like best.

  3. 3

    Crop the photos. You may want to scale down the size of some of the photos, or remove items that were captured in the photo that aren't pertinent. Use a straight edge and a pen to frame out the portion of the photo you want to keep. Use a pair of scissors to cut around the frame you've created.

  4. 4

    Attach the photos to the posterboard. With the pictures in the arrangement that you've chosen, flip one picture over at a time, rub glue on the back and flip the pictures back over to secure them to the poster board.

  5. 5

    Place the collage in a picture frame. To give it a more finished look, place a photo mat around the collage.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut the poster board into a shape -- a heart, a star or a circle -- to add further interest to the collage.

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