Magazine Collage Ideas for Kids

Your First Magazine Collage Art Project with Kids

When I first introduced magazine collages to my kids, they instinctively cut out images that they found and liked.

They mostly cut out animals, people, or shapes. Their interpretation of collage was very literal; to them, a collage meant cutting out what you like and without overlapping, attaching the selected images beside one another.

My experience was that my children exhibited reluctance to overlap, cover, or otherwise change the found photographs. An example of this type of collage is below.

As your children experiment and create more and more collages…

Over time, our collage artwork has become more creative and has started to incorporate additional materials and techniques.

We’re adding watercolor and paint and experimenting with various types of paper (pages from magazines, painted paper, and colored paper). Please explore our work and find inspiration for your next magazine collage art project.

EGGS IN A BIRD’S NEST: Magazine Cut-Out Collages with Watercolor

In this mixed-media collage, the bird’s eggs are cut from magazines and the nest’s twigs and branches are cut from brown construction paper. The background is created with a watercolor dry brushing technique.

Get Creative! Think about the vantage point that you are viewing your bird’s nest, and then overlap the sticks and twigs in a way that represents that view. For instance, perhaps the sticks overlap the eggs and perhaps they do not. We did both!

Eight-year-old mixed media magazine cut-out collage, bird’s nest with eggs

BIRDS: Magazine Cut-Out Collages

Design your favorite birds with simple shapes cut from colorful magazine pages and pages full of printed text. The contrast between big bold patterns and tiny black words is striking!

Bird collage made with magazine cut outs
Bird collage created with magazine clippings

RACE CAR: Kid’s Magazine Collage Art Project Idea

In this collage series, we cut geometric shapes to form a simple race car, then we traced those shapes onto textures and images that we liked in magazines. The result is a collaged race car created from magazine cutouts. (Do you love Race Cars, we sell LEGO-built race car decals!)

For this collage’s background, we used a colorful full-page magazine advertisement and also a design we had painted as process art on another day.

Instead of throwing away old magazines, save their brightly printed pages for use in magazine collage artwork that you can make with your kids! In this collage series, we cut geometric shapes to form a simple race car, then we traced those shapes onto textures and images that we liked in magazines. The result is a collaged race car from magazine cutouts. 

Find additional inspiration on our blog post about Magazine Collage Ideas for Kids.
Cut shapes from magazines to form a race car. The background of this piece is a magazine advertisement.
Instead of throwing away old magazines, save their brightly printed pages for use in magazine collage artwork that you can make with your kids! In this design, we cut shapes to form a race car and glued the race car onto the abstract painting of a six-year-old. The painting reminded us of wheels! Find even more inspiration on our blog post about Magazine Collage Ideas for Kids.
Cut shapes to form a race car, but this background’s design is a six-year-old’s abstract painting. The design reminded me of wheels, so we added a race car. Learn more about how to encourage process art from our other kid’s art posts.

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Instead of throwing away old magazines, save their brightly printed pages for use in magazine collage artwork that you can make with your kids!
Check out these colorful magazine collage ideas for kids. Instead of throwing away old magazines, save their brightly printed pages for use in magazine collage artwork that you can make with your kids!
Instead of throwing away old magazines, save their brightly printed pages for use in magazine collage artwork that you can make with your kids! Add paint and abstract marks to create truly amazing artwork!

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