I like to keep collage items in a "party susan" tray ready to go for whenever I need them. The tray has a lid so it works well for storing away. I found it one day for around $2 at a discount store and thought it would be perfect for collage. Today was a great opportunity to get it out with the kids coming over. I had them do their collage art on cut-outs which I also like to keep a stock of in the craft cupboard.
The craft cupboard is where I store any interesting collage things I find. The items are separated in to snap-lock bags in a larger container and then I recycle the bags as I move them through to the tray. Here's a list of things I like to look out for to use in collage activities....
- cotton wool
- bubble wrap
- crepe paper
- cut up straws
- painted paper
- milk container lids
- coloured patty pans big or small
- egg shells washed + coloured
- Easter egg wrapping
- wrapping paper
- coloured feathers
It's fun to collect things to let kids be creative with - think texture, colour, patterns etc. Just remember that the heavier the item, the stronger the glue needs to be. Lids, egg shells and macaroni need a PVA glue while the other items would require Cel Mix paint or even a mixture of the two - 50/50. Paper and cardboard collage only requires a glue stick which also usually means less mess.
I'm interested to find out what things you might use for collage. Please share your ideas in the comments area below.