Collage

Collages are an excellent way to fill a wet afternoon and use up the odds and ends in your craft box. The only limit when making a collage is your imagination - and hopefully some of the inspiration below will get you started! You don't need anything special as children will be very happy making collages with the simplest of materials, and magazines and catalogues are always a good start!

Apple Collage

Apple Collage

Quick to make but great fun for younger children, this apple collage makes a super autumn or healthy eating craft.

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Australian Map Collage

Australian Map Collage

The Australian continent map collage was a project done by my daughter when she was at nursery school age. She loved everything about it and always instantly recognised the map of Australia afterwards...

Autumn Collage

Autumn Collage

Here's an excuse to go outside and collect some autumn leaves! Even the youngest children can make a pretty autumn collage that you will be proud to display... 

Autumn Leaf Collage

Autumn Leaf Collage

Scrunching tissue paper and sticking it always appeals to little kids, and you get a lovely textural result to put on display. It's possibly not so easy to see the shape of our autumn leaf in this picture, but the colours are lovely!

Autumn Tree Craft

Autumn Tree Craft

Make a spectacular display to celebrate the arrival of autumn with this autumn tree craft. This obviously works well as a group or class project.

Birds Nest Collage

Birds Nest Collage

This delightful birds nest collage can be enjoyed by all ages. Younger children can be given the shapes pre-cut and can take charge of decorating the paper plate nest and and adding wiggle eyes and beaks to the baby birds.

Blossom Tree Collage

Blossom Tree Collage

These blossom tree collage pictures are so pretty to display for Spring, Chinese New Year or perhaps a Japan theme. And they are quick and easy to make, too!

Bonfire Collage

Bonfire Collage

Celebrate Bonfire Night with this wonderful collage bonfire collage.  It also makes a good campfire craft for summer.

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Bowl of Oranges Collage

Bowl of Oranges Collage

Oranges or tangerines are often taken to other families as gifts and displayed at Chinese New Year, as their Chinese names sound like the words for "gold" and "wealth". We used some colourful papers to create this stunning bowl of oranges collage.

Chinese Flag Collage

Chinese Flag Collage

Here's a fun, hands-on way to learn about and remember the Chinese Flag!

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Christmas Collage

Christmas Collage

Gather together an assortment of shiny materials, some glue and a crafty child, and see what they can put together!

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Collage Tree

Collage Tree

Sam collaged an autumn tree but you can of course adapt the colours of tissue paper in this craft to make a lovely blossom tree for spring, a summer tree full of foliage, or perhaps an apple tree.

Cornucopia Collage

Cornucopia Collage

Younger children will enjoy practising their cutting and sticking skills to make this very effective cornucopia collage for Thanksgiving or Harvest Festival.

Cotton Wool Pad Snowman

Cotton Wool Pad Snowman

Here's a quick and easy way to make some really impressive snowmen! Using the round cotton wool pads that you can buy everywhere now means that you can build one of these in a jiffy, and take your time decorating it to make it special. A super winter craft for snowmen lovers.

Crown Collage

Crown Collage

Cutting, sticking, decorating, gold card and jewels - what more could one need for this very royal crown craft!

Crown collage using crown template 2

Cupcake Case Collage Cockatoo

Cupcake Case Collage Cockatoo

This beautiful cockatoo collage is made simply with a few pieces of paper and some cupcake cases - but won't he look handsome on display!

Cupcake Case Dove Collage

Cupcake Case Dove Collage

This pretty dove collage using cupcake cases is quick and easy to make, and relatively mess-free, especially if you use a glue stick.

Cupcake Case Ghost Craft

Cupcake Case Ghost Craft

While you are waiting for your Halloween cupcakes to bake, why not have a go at this quick and easy ghost craft!

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Cupcake Owl Collage

Cupcake Owl Collage

This lovely owl craft involves sticking - always a favourite activity for kids! And WHOO would have known you could make such a lovely owl from cupcake cases! Instructions below.

Cut And Paste Robot

Cut And Paste Robot

This is an excellent activity for encouraging young children to look at shapes around them. It also provides cutting practice and helps children develop their fine motor skills. Older children will have fun choosing appropriate (or wacky) pictures to use to build their robots!

Diya Collage Card

Diya Collage Card

Using simple collage techniques and bright-coloured scraps of fabric, paper and card, kids can make this beautiful Diya collage card for Diwali. Of course you could make a bigger version to display during this Hindu festival, too.

Dolphin Collage

Dolphin Collage

Scrunching up tissue paper and gluing it somewhere is always a successful craft for little ones, and we think they will be thrilled with the results in this dolphin collage.

Dragon Collage

Dragon Collage

Here is a dragon collage craft idea for children, as well as a printable template you can use for your collage. This is a fun craft for kids of all ages at Chinese New Year - and particularly this year for Year of the Dragon - or St David's Day, St George's Day or a fairy tale theme.

Elf Shoe Collage

Elf Shoe Collage

Here's a quick Christmas craft for children of all ages which only needs some simple craft cupboard supplies. The elf shoe collage would make a cute home-made Christmas card...

Faberge Egg Collage

Faberge Egg Collage

Decorate your own beautiful, bejewelled Faberge egg! This craft can be adapted to suit a range of ages. Younger children can just "pile" it all on. Older kids might like to sketch out a careful design.

Fairy Collage

Fairy Collage

Even the youngest children will enjoy making this pretty fairy collage, and the template provided makes the activity a breeze. You may want to cut out the shapes in advance and leave the decorating and sticking up to the children.

Flotilla Collage

Flotilla Collage

The Flotilla on the Thames during the Diamond Jubilee was one of the most memorable events of the Diamond Jubilee, and we made this craft to celebrate that event. But a sailing flotilla is a glorious sight for any occasion - so why not capture the excitement with your own flotilla collage?

Giant Peach Craft

Giant Peach Craft

Enjoy this Giant Peach Craft when you are reading James And The Giant Peach, or when celebrating Roald Dahl Day!

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Harvest Basket

Harvest Basket

This Harvest Basket is an adaptable craft which can be used to make a free-standing decoration for your mantelpiece or sideboard, a greetings card, or perhaps a set of place-card holders for your Thanksgiving or Harvest table.

Hedgehog Collage

Hedgehog Collage

This hedgehog collage is fun for ages - and as you can see it is very effective!

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Liquorice Art

Liquorice Art

The kids enjoyed using their liquorice to come up with all sorts of ideas for pictures - and of course some of them enjoyed eating the sweets afterwards, too. Be sure to take a photo or two before you eat the pictures, though!

Lovebug Card

Lovebug Card

Make this cute "lovebug card" out of many different sized heart shapes - fun for kids of all ages.

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Monster Collage

Monster Collage

Collage is a great activity which allows children to use their imagination and create a wonderful effect, whether they have innate artistic ability or not. And it is perfect for mixed age groups too. Creating a monster collage can be really imaginative, too, as anything goes!

New Year Collage

New Year Collage

Get the children used to the numbers of the New Year by letting them create their own crafty collage.

Owl Greetings Card

Owl Greetings Card

These little owls are quick and easy to make and look very cute glued to the front of a greetings card. Choose your colours to suit the recipient!

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Pasta Skeleton

Pasta Skeleton

A few shapes of dried pasta, some white paint, a little bit of imagination - and hey presto! You have a wonderful pasta skeleton to display at Halloween!

Robot Collage

Robot Collage

Break out the contents of your junk cupboard and let your kids design their own robot collage!

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Russian Cityscape Collage

Russian Cityscape Collage

Here's a lovely craft for younger children, which uses the shapes of St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow as its inspiration. Lots of cutting and sticking involved!

Santa Face Collage

Santa Face Collage

Kids can have ripping and crumpling and sticking to create this Santa face collage - a quick and easy craft for Christmas. Printable included.

Sequinned Fish Collage

Sequinned Fish Collage

Make a pretty, glittery, sequin fish with us - it's quick and easy, and oh so pretty on display!

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Shapes Robot

Shapes Robot

This shapes robot is an excellent craft for preschool children. If the shapes are pre-cut it is simply a sticking job, something all children love. This craft also provides an ideal opportunity to practice colour and shape vocabulary.

Sheep Collage

Sheep Collage

This sheep collage craft is so simple but includes all the elements loved by young children - glue and mess! My two year old loved this one.

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Simple Butterfly Shape Collage

Simple Butterfly Shape Collage

Our butterfly shape collage is a pretty way to reinforce shape learning with younger children and of course can be adapted for whatever materials you have on hand.

Ski Collage

Ski Collage

Here are some ideas for a ski collage picture for kids to make as a winter craft, or perhaps for the Winter Olympics or a sporting theme.

Spooky Mosaic

Spooky Mosaic

Mosaics are quick and satisfying to do and all ages of children enjoy them and display the results with pride. We've made a Jack-o-lantern but you could try your hand at a skull, Frankenstein, monster, mummy or ghost!

Squirrel Collage

Squirrel Collage

Here's a simple squirrel collage craft which can be achieved by all ages of kids - the youngest perhaps with a bit of help. Use good autumn colours for your collage!

Stained Glass Dolphin Picture

Stained Glass Dolphin Picture

This stained glass picture looks stunning standing against a window to catch the light - perfect to display in the bathroom, possibly! Children will enjoy the effect of the different colours of blue tissue paper. Using the stick-back plastic makes this a relatively mess-free craft, too.

Summer Collage

Summer Collage

Collage projects are great for all ages and abilities of children, as even the most reluctant or hesitant artist can produce an exciting result. They also work particularly well with mixed aged groups.

Sweetheart Collage

Sweetheart Collage

This is such a simple Valentine craft idea, but effective! Little children especially love scrunching up tissue paper, and even the youngest can get involved.

Winter Collage

Winter Collage

Here is a quick and simple idea for a winter collage for kids which will give the kids a real sense of achievement.

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Wreath Collage Craft

Wreath Collage Craft

This pretty Christmas wreath is made from torn magazine paper and buttons, and is a perfect Christmas craft for all age of children, from youngest up.

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