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How to Make a Paper Mosaic With Kids

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Paper mosaic craft

Paper mosaic craft

Fun and Easy Crafts for Kids

Paper mosaics are so much fun to create! Kids of all ages love to make their own artistic masterpieces, and these are inexpensive, easy crafts to do at home. Paper mosaics are perfect ways to entertain Indian Princess Tribes, Girl Scouts, Boys Scouts, and even the neighborhood kids—all with supplies you most likely already have on hand.

This creative project can result in a framed masterpiece, a handmade greeting card, or some new art for your refrigerator door. It is a simple craft that entertains even the shortest of attention spans.

Paper mosaic supplies

Paper mosaic supplies

Supplies Needed

  • Poster board or heavy cardstock
  • Various types of paper to cut into pieces
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Vinyl tablecloth or newspaper

A Craft That Uses Supplies Already at Home

Most of the supplies you will need to make a mosaic you can already find right in your home. Old newspapers work well to cover your working area. Glue sticks are much less messy than Elmer's or craft glue.

Construction paper, scraps of wrapping paper, and leftover tissue paper are all good sources, although construction paper is a bit easier for toddlers to cut. Saved greeting cards and old magazines are also good choices, especially for abstract pieces.

Try ripping some pieces of foil for a shiny effect. The sky is the limit! Let your child be creative and select various types of paper from your supply.

Project Preparation

Next, simply cut or tear the paper into random shapes. Older children will need smaller pieces to make their mosaic more detailed, while younger children will appreciate larger pieces for a simpler and quicker project. Put the different types of cut paper into piles for ease of use. Once you have all your supplies ready, let the fun begin!

My daughter working on her paper mosaic

My daughter working on her paper mosaic

How to Make a Paper Mosaic

First, help your child decide what type of image they want to create. Simple is best, but select anything that will be fun. Abstract pieces are suggested for toddlers. Preschoolers can select images from a big coloring book, cut out the image, and glue it to the poster board or heavy cardstock.

This is easier than drawing for the younger child. An older child can draw their own image lightly with pencil on the poster board. Simply draw an outline, as too many details will be hard to recognize when it is complete. Also, define the desired size of your finished piece; you can outline this with pencil on the poster board and then cut it out when the project is ready for framing.

Next, use the glue stick and start gluing down the cut pieces, using various shapes and sizes. Try to glue the paper right on top of the pencil marks so they will not show on your finished masterpiece. Your artist can decide if he or she wants to leave white space around each piece of paper or glue the pieces right beside each other. If making an abstract with a younger child, just let them glue the pieces of paper wherever they want.

Creative Mosaic Masterpieces

Kids love making paper mosaics because it lets them be creative. There are no lines to color in or paint to put in the wrong numbered spot. Mosaics are easy art projects for kids that allow them to make their creations as simple or complex and detailed as they want them. Find some old paper and let your child create a masterpiece today!

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Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 27, 2012:

Awesome summer project. Will do! Thanks

LauraGSpeaks (author) from Raleigh, NC on May 26, 2012:

lasertek, ragged and SEO, I am glad you like the idea of creating paper mosaics. It's a great, easy way to entertain kids and a good outlet for creative energy too!

Karla Domanski from Cadillac, Michigan on May 25, 2012:

The next time I have my grandchildren for the weekend, we are going to do this. LOVELY idea! Thanks!

Bev G from Wales, UK on May 16, 2012:

Never mind the kids - this is the sort of thing I love to do. Thanks for the inspiration.

lasertekservices from Fargo, North Dakota on May 15, 2012:

This seems like a fun activity with the kids.

LauraGSpeaks (author) from Raleigh, NC on May 15, 2012:

Thank you GoodLady and Susan. Paper mosaics are so much fun and allows for endless creativity!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on May 15, 2012:

What a fun project do keep children busy and creative. Will share this with my sister in law who has a houseful of children most days.

Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on May 15, 2012:

It's lovely. It is simply said and energetic and also practical. Great. Voting

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