Cut, Paste and Innovate: Magazine Collage Ideas

Ever since we were little kids, we’ve always loved how colourful the pages of magazines are. We don’t even really mind what kind of magazine it is, so long as the visuals are fun to look at! Besides enjoying the bright images we see as we flip through the pages, we’ve always loved cutting pieces out to use as DIY projects. The idea of creating a new image or themed collection by piecing together things we liked from all different magazines is so simple but so much fun. We like that you can actually collage things that serve a real purpose too!

In case you’re interested in exploring the world of magazine collage too but you can’t decide what kind of project you should be making, here are 15 of the best ideas we’ve either found, tried, or saved for upcoming projects so far.

1. Fashion inspiration wall canvas

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Have you always been a huge lover of fashion, clothing, and styling and you plan to become a designer or stylist someday? Then we’re sure you’re already familiar with just how inspiring the simple act of flipping through a magazine can be! While you’re working towards your own fashion goals, why not collect all those pictures that make your love for fashion swell and gather them in one place? We love the way Life With Sabrina made a fashion inspiration collage that can hang on your wall and remind you of all the awesome styles and fashion elements you’d like to not only work with and wear but possibly even create someday.

2. Magazine background car craft

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Have your kids always been big fans of cut and paste crafts too, especially if it means they’re allowed to get crafty with materials that they otherwise wouldn’t usually be allowed to cut up? Then old magazines that you’re all finished reading and don’t need anymore are a creativity gold mine! Our kids adore looking through the colourful pages and choosing different elements to create a scene. This city road craft featured on Sturdy for Common Things, made from magazine page buildings and construction paper, is the perfect example of what we mean!

3. Magazine piece theme boards

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Have you always felt inspired by the way colours, textures, quotes, and images can fall together to create a cohesive theme? Well, theme boards might not be something that everyone sees a use for, but if you’re thinking about redecorating your room, designing a costume, or doing something similarly creative that you’re looking for influencing elements for, then you can absolutely benefit from making yourself theme boards! We love the way Simply Jessica Kate created several different theme boards using magazine cut outs, laying out several different theme options so they can really be considered.

4. Magazine clipping bug drawing

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Have you always been intrigued by the way large printed HQ pictures in magazines featured a lot of detailed visual texture because the effect is very beautiful, especially if there are bright colours involved? Well, if you like the colours, we’d be willing to bet that your kids find those textured photos pretty and appealing as well! That’s why we’ve made crafts like this magazine collage piece from Art Projects for Kids so many times. They suggest using cut pieces from big HQ pictures to fill in a design with fun colours and textures, rather than just colouring solidly with markers for example.

5. DIY decorative collage canister

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Are you looking for a creative way to store trinkets or small pieces of something that you use often and don’t want to leave scattered around, but you’d prefer to have your storage solution contribute to your décor scheme rather than detracting from it? In that case, we have a feeling you’re going to enjoy this magazine collaged canister idea from All Put Together! They suggest cutting out words you like from magazines in all different cool texts and decoupaging those pieces around the outside of a jar or can.

6. Magazine piece rainbow collage

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Were you intrigued by the idea of having your kids make all kinds of creative images from brightly coloured pieces of magazines, but you think they’re too little to really take advantage of visual texture the way we showed you a few ideas back? Then maybe you should just keep it to colours! We love JDaniel4’s Mom‘s suggestion of helping your kids pick colours from all different pages and cut them up, organizing them into separate dishes and then creating a simple image like a rainbow from those bright pieces.

7. Magazine strip gift wrap box

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Are you the creatively generous friend in the group who’s always making and giving your loved ones little trinkets, but it’s not just the gifts you like to get creative with? Then we’d be willing to bet that you’re the perfect person to be trying out this awesome DIY gift wrap idea from All Put Together! They suggest cutting thing strips from magazine pages and collaging them all over a gift box or an already wrapped gift, creating an awesome wrapping effect that you certainly won’t find premade in stores. Your loved ones will really be able to see the care you put into their gift!

8. Rolled magazine page wall art

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Are you absolutely interested in using magazine pages to create art but you’d prefer to make something a little more decorative and abstract so you can hang it on the wall as décor, rather than just doing fun crafts with it? In that case, we have a feeling you’d very much enjoy this rolled magazine page idea from Up Against The Wall! They guide you through the process of creating thinly rolled pieces and layering them to make geometric art.

9. Magazine collage journal cover

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Are you not necessarily interested in making an inspiration board that will hang on your wall because you’re already happy with the way your room is decorated, but you actually quite like the idea of making one, period? Then perhaps you’d prefer to make one as a journal cover instead! We love the way Candy Creates collaged a front page covered in all of their favourite things.

10. Traced silhouette magazine collage art

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We remember making silhouette art as kids, sitting sideways in the beam of a flashlight and letting our friends trace our shadow against the wall on a piece of paper, and we’ve taught our kids to do that since. Recently, however, we came across this idea from Art, Paper, Scissors, Glue for tracing the silhouette onto a magazine page rather than a simple piece of black paper! We like that idea because you can help your kids trace their shadows on pages that feature their favourite things for a little bit of personalization.

11. Magazine and button flowers

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Are you still thinking about how much your kids would love to make different designs with cut pieces of magazines but you’re not sure cars or bugs are quite their thing and the rainbow idea is a little too easy? Then perhaps you’d have better luck helping them make this magazine collage flower craft instead! We love the way Fine Lines made this cute page with strips of magazine in combination with some buttons.

12. Torn magazine pieces planet Earth

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Perhaps you’ve already tried the rainbow craft we showed you earlier and your kids had so much fun tearing, sorting, and collaging that now they’re itching to make other things? Well, technically they could make anything their heart desires with the right colours and arrangements, but just in case they need a kick start on ideas, here’s an awesomely textured Earth Day idea from I Heart Crafty Things!

13. Words vs Colours magazine collage picture

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Have you actually been thinking about making some torn magazine collage art yourself but you’d rather get a little more creative and intricate with subtle colour changes and challenging shapes like human faces? Then here’s a tutorial from The Artroom that will guide you through the skills you’ll need! Besides their awesome tips for working with colour, we can’t get over how cool their idea to create a background from worded pages looks in contrast.

14. Scatter brain magazine craft

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Are your favourite art projects always the ones that have a bit of a message or some kind of social commentary? Then we have a feeling you’re the perfect person to create something like this “scatter brain” themed craft from The Weekly Beat, particularly if you love multi-media DIY. The show you how they drew and painted the skull, filled its brain cavity with all kinds of pop culture references and photos, and even gave it braces made of sequins! Fill your version with the things that stand out the most to you, or that you like the best.

15. Magazine face and yarn hair portraits

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Were your kids mildly amused by the silhouette crafts we showed you but you’re pretty sure they’d rather use their imaginations and make funny faces of their own, rather than just outlines? In that case, we’re pretty sure this funny magazine piece and yarn crafts will be a big hit in your house! Check out how Easy Preschool Crafts made these funny faces by cutting features out of magazines and adding yarn in whatever colours they please for hair.

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