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How to Collage Anything

Updated on February 24, 2013
Wooden letter bought at Hobby Lobby that I collaged using mod podge.  The edges are painted blue as an accent.
Wooden letter bought at Hobby Lobby that I collaged using mod podge. The edges are painted blue as an accent.

Why Collage?

Collaging is both easy and creative. Putting effort into making the perfect collage is the best gift because its handmade. What some people don't know is that a collage doesn't have to be only on a paper; you can collage anything! Whether it is for a gift, or just a cute decoration around the house, a collage always add a little personality to any project.


  • Something you want to collage
  • Pictures (printed on regular paper, not photo paper)
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • A paintbrush

Ideas of Things to Collage

  • Picture frame
  • A box
  • Flower pot
  • A glass candle jar
  • Wooden letters
  • A shelf
  • A cellphone case
  • etc.

How To

Mod Podge is every crafter's best friend. It is a strong glue, but it can also be used as a clear sealant. Mod Podge goes on white but as it dries it turns transparent. This is the major item that will make your collage into a treasure!

Start by cutting out your chosen pictures into the desired sizes. (It's better to cut it a little large because you can always trim it down, but once too much is gone, you can't put it back together.) Next, lay out the images to plan where you want them to go before you begin gluing. Once you know about where you want to place everything, use the paint brush to apply a thin layer of mod modge where you want the image to go. This serves as glue. Repeat this until you have your collage completed. Allow 5-10 minutes to dry.

To help the collage last longer and be protected from damage, paint on another thin, even layer of mod podge over the pictures. Allow the final product to dry for about another 10 minutes. It's as easy as that! This can be done to practically anything!


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      LotusLandry 3 years ago from Southern California

      I've been doing Collage pins using E6000 adhesive and supplies such as Peruvian beads and pewter charms from Shipwreck Beads (Lacey Washington). I often use buttons as a base for the pins.

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      Priyanka Estambale 4 years ago from United States

      Cool Idea!