Collage Craft Ideas for Teens

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Collage Craft Ideas for Teens
Any found or discarded objects can be made meaningful in a collage. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Collage craft provides an expressive art form to teens, allowing a mixture of creative artistic expression in the form of painting or drawing, as well as providing a medium to record important milestones through school and college life. Taught subjects, such as history or literature, are rich in collage ideas, offering students a chance to creatively explore and express the ideas and events that shaped society.

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Photo Collage

Collect photos taken during a vacation, a celebration or any other event you want to remember. Gather a sheet of heavy card stock, or mount-board, to mount the photos on, and photo glue to stick them down. On the base-card, draw the outline shape that you'd like for the collage. It could be a heart, a circle or any kind or irregular shape. Stick the photos onto the card, using the drawn outline as guide for placing the photos. Allow the photos to overlap on the collage so there are no gaps. Stick them at angles to each other to make an interesting jumble of images.

Collage Posters

Music, movies, sports and games, TV shows or personalities and celebrities make good subjects for teen collage posters. Magazines are a fertile hunting ground for suitable images, and saved theatre or concert tickets add personal interest. Add words or titles printed out at home to give the collage focus, and choose a background colour or image that complements the theme.

Memorabilia Collage

Collect objects found during family vacations, college trips or summer camps and bring them home to collage. Collage doesn't have to be flat. Ordinary objects such as bottle tops, candy wrappers, leaves, seashells or feathers add a touch of drama and texture to collages. Use a strong adhesive, such as from a glue gun, and mount objects onto hardboard rather than card stock. Mosaic sections of a photo collage with sea shells, forming areas of geometric, colour-coordinated patterns, or frame a collage of related pictures with leaves or twigs collected on a trip.

Digital Collage Ideas

Upload candid photographs taken with a digital camera or cell phone camera to a free online collage maker. Once uploaded, you can use templates to mix and match your photos any way you please, and then download the collage ready for printing on your home printer. Many online collage makers provide a choice of backgrounds of various themes to match your subject, and you can add text or crop photos as you build your collage.

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