Introduction: Large Scrap Paper Collage for Beginners

After cleaning out my office this past weekend, I realized how much scrap paper I'd collected. I had tons of old magazines, brochures, bits of wrapping paper, etc. What I can do with all this?

This project takes scrap paper and turns it colorful wall art.

Step 1: Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

  • Scrap paper assortment (the more color the better!)
  • 1 thin plywood sheet (I used a 1/2" thick 2'x4' hardwood sheet)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint or stain (enough for the edges)
  • Sandpaper
  • Fastener for hanging on the wall (I used 2 saw-tooth hooks and some epoxy)

Step 2: Step 2: Prep Your Board

  • Start by sanding down the edges of the board.
  • Paint or stain the edges of your board. I used 1 coat of blue acrylic paint to give the project a fresh feel.

Step 3: Step 3: Draw Boundaries

  • With a pencil, draw out an outline of your design. I used the pictured design that resembles rolling hills.

Step 4: Step 4: Cut and Sort Your Paper

  • Take your paper and cut/tear it into small pieces
  • Sort the paper by color and make a pile for each block in your outline

Step 5: Step 5: Assemble

  • Arrange paper pieces on the board to fill the design
  • Once you are happen with the placement, brush Mod Podge onto the back of the pieces and press onto the board to attach

Step 6: Step 6: Final Details

Here are a few extra details I added.

  • Tear tissue paper and attach with Mod Podge to create clouds
  • Line the borders of the hills with Sharpie to make each area pop
  • If you want an extra seal, coat the top with Mod Podge

Step 7: Step 7: Attach Wall-fasteners

  • Draw a straight line 2/3 of the way up the board
  • Equally space the fasteners on the drawn line (Each centered at 1/4 of the length away from the edge, as pictured)
  • Place a dot of epoxy on the edges of the fasteners
  • Wait 24 hours before hanging to allow the epoxy to harden
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