Torn Paper Collage


  • Collect whatever paper you have laying around–old newspapers, construction paper (even if it’s scraps leftover from a previous project), or scrapbook paper. This project is perfect for upcycling new or scrap material. 

  • Using the colors and patterns available to you, make a collage by tearing the paper into tiny pieces and creating a larger picture (see example below).

  • Apply liquid glue or Mod Podge with a paintbrush to the pieces to layer them together on whatever you use as a canvas (cardstock or a heavy paper works great if you don’t have canvas available!)

  • Your finished product could be an actual image, or something more abstract. You decide! 


  • The smaller the pieces, the easier it is to create a distinct image. 

  • Get creative! Channel your inner Picasso and don’t be afraid to think outside the box with the ways that you utilize colors and patterns.


  • Cardstock or a canvas
  • Scrapbook paper, construction paper, or any scraps you have around the house
  • Paintbrush
  • Liquid glue or Mod Podge