Have your child decorate a colorful border for the collage.
If you have enough neat and tidy pictures in photo frames hanging on the wall, it's time for something less orderly -- and what better person to star in this creative new venture than your own little munchkin? Work on the collage with your child and it will provide the two of you an opportunity to stroll down memory lane. Talk about what was happening in each of your child's pictures, and let her pick out a few of her favorites to add to the collage, as well.
1Browse through photo albums to find enough pictures for the collage. The number of photos needed depends on the size of the collage and the number of close-up versus distance photos. An average 11-by-16-inch photo collage will require at least 15 to 20 3-by-5-inch photos.
2Select a combination of close-up pictures of your child as well as pictures that include backgrounds from vacations and special celebrations. If you're incorporating baby pictures, try to find some zoomed-in photos of her tiny hands and feet. To add contrast to the collage, add a special birthday card, postcard and other keepsakes to the collage.
3Cut a card stock or poster board backing for the collage. If you are putting the collage in a photo frame, cut the backing to the size of the insert for the frame. If you are leaving the collage frameless, you can cut the backing any size or shape you like.
4Cut the pictures into different shapes. If you don't want to cut up the originals, make copies of each picture you'd like to include and use the duplicates.
5Arrange the photos on the collage in a random fashion. Let your child help place some of the photos to feel like a contributor to the project and work on fine motor skills. All the photos should overlap to hide the card stock backing.
6Take a digital picture of the arrangement in case it gets disturbed when you are adhering the pictures.
7Apply four to five photo tabs to the back of one photo. The tabs are thin, double-sided tape cut into small squares. These are acid-free, which means they won't degrade the photos, and do not become brittle after application like glue sticks. When glue becomes brittle after drying, the pictures are more likely to fall off the collage. The photo tabs will adhere firmly to the photo and collage backing without affecting the photos.
8Return the photo to its place in the collage and press firmly to adhere the photo tab. Your child can help smooth out the photo, but make sure little fingers are free of dirt, paint or the afternoon's snack.
9Apply photo tabs to the back of the overlapping photo and press it in place. Repeat, one at a time, until you have secured each of the photos to the collage. Place the collage in the frame or apply several photo tabs to the back of the collage and hang it on the wall.
Things You'll Need
- Card stock or poster board
- Duplicate copies of pictures (optional)
- Digital camera (optional)
- Photo tabs (4 to 5 per picture)
- Photo frame (optional)