What you will make:
Learn how to make paper mosaics to decorate crafts and give as gifts, while recycling paper scraps
from other projects. As an introduction to mosaics, this project takes you through the steps of making
a paper mosaic plaque. The finished plaque can be hung on the wall, with or without a frame.
Make a mosaic of your own design, or base one on a favorite image or photograph. Moms will enjoy receiving a
mosaic for Mother's Day! Once you learn this decorative technique, use your creativity to apply it to
other purposes and crafts.
This project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials.
With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this project is easy and fun for children.
Here's what you need:
- White cardstock or construction paper
- Colorful paper scraps
- Ruler or paper trimmer (for adult prep)
- Glue stick
- Optional: wax paper, acrylic sealer (Mod Podge), clear Contac paper, picture frame
This project is rated VERY EASY to EASY to do.
How to Make Paper Mosaics
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Cut white cardstock or white construction paper as mosaic bases.
Squares of 8" to 9" or rectangles 9" by 12" work
well. Pre-cut strips of colored paper in 1" and ½"
widths. The children will cut the strips to make square, rectangle
and triangle pieces.
- Step 2: Create Design
Create a design for your mosaic on a piece of scratch paper. When creating a design, it is important to
make it strong, clear and simple—flowers, birds, fish, and fruit work well. Remember that the empty spaces
of a design are just as important as the drawn objects. Sketch your design to size on the mosaic base
of white cardstock
or white construction paper.
- Step 3: Cut Tiles
Sort through the precut paper strips, selecting colors that fit with your design and make pleasing color
combinations. Cut tiles from the paper strips in squares, rectangles, triangles, and diamonds, as needed.
- Step 4: Glue Tiles
Glue the tiles to the paper to fill in the design. Place the tiles close together with white showing
between the tiles like grout. It's best to work in small areas. Apply glue with a glue stick to a small area
of the paper and then carefully place the paper tiles.
- Step 5: Finish Mosaic
The mosaic can be used as is, or you may want to seal it, frame it, and/or mount it. For an easy frame,
glue it to a larger sheet of colored construction paper. You could sandwich the mosaic between two sheets
of clear Contac paper—cut the sheets 1" larger than the mosaic to create a ½" border.
The mosaic could also be sealed with one or two coats of acrylic sealer (Mod Podge)
and mounted on a board.
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