Selecting family photos is a great way to share memories with your child.
Ah, how those precious early childhood years speed by. You blink and toddler or preschooler has reached another milestone. Savor this time and create a family collage with your kiddo that captures the essence and personality of your family. Your little one will enjoy selecting pictures and special items to add to this sentimental craft. Whether you choose to make a small collage in a frame that sits on a coffee table or you wish to make a large collage the focal point of your living room wall, the final project is sure to adorn your home for many years to come.
1Cover the cardboard backing with decorative craft paper, using double-sided tape to affix the paper to the cardboard, making sure the edges line up without overhang. This will be poking out in any blank space you have on your collage, so select a pattern or color that you would like to see.
2Select the pictures you would like to display. Let your kiddo choose her faves.
3Crop the pictures. Cut out uninteresting backgrounds from the pictures; your child can cut the pictures into shapes like circles, ovals or squares, or cut closely around the people in the picture, creating a silhouette.
4Arrange the pictures on your backing, but do not affix them just yet. Layer the pictures around one another for a 3-D look, or use acid-free photo corners to frame out the selected favorite pictures of little one that you wish to make the focal point of the collage.
5Layer additional sentimental family items in the gaps and under the pictures, but do not affix them yet. Ideas include ticket stubs, baby announcements, newspaper pictures, hospital ID bands, photocopies of marriage or birth certificates or a handprint of each family member.
6Add optional scrapbooking embellishments to create depth in the collage. These include things like photo tags, stickers, pretty buttons, ribbon or even scraps of fabric -- say, from an old baby blanket or outfit to add a personal touch.
7final approval that nothing is to be added or moved. Help her place an acid-free photo sticker on the back of each photo, then carefully press photo into place onto the cardboard backing.
8Frame your collage by gently returning the now-filled cardboard backing into the frame.
9Display your collage. A smaller frame may sit on a table while a large frame may need to be hung on the wall with a hammer and nails.
- If your collage's dimensions are more 3-D than you'd like or if it has large embellishments, you may need to omit the glass so items all fit. If you do this, ensure that all articles are securely affixed to the backing.Using high-quality acid-free photo stickers will preserve the longevity of your project than if you use glue stick or tape.The size of the frame you choose depends upon how many pictures you want to include. A smaller collage can be just as meaningful as a bigger collage.
Things You'll Need
- Cardboard backing, sized to fit the frame
- Crafting paper
- Double-sided tape
- Child-friendly scissors
- Acid-free photo corners (optional)
- Additional sentimental items (optional)
- Embellishments (optional)
- Acid-free photo stickers
- Photo frame sized to your preference