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Torn Paper Collage

If you aren’t familiar with it, a torn paper collage is a picture made from torn pieces of colored paper. The great thing about this kind of collage is that you have so many paper options to choose from: old magazines, junk mail advertisements, paper remnants from old craft projects, newspapers, or construction paper. All of these will work well for this project! It is perfectly okay if there is text in the torn pieces of paper that you choose as well. This activity is relaxing and fun, and is a healthy way to just unplug and let your creativity out. You can make your collage as intricate or as simple as you’d like. Here are some examples:


  • Blank sheet of paper

  • Old magazines, junk mail ads, paper remnants, newspaper and/or construction paper

  • Pencil

  • Glue (liquid or stick) OR tape

Step 1: Begin by sketching out a drawing of your choosing. This will make it easier to create your collage as you will have some guidance on where to place the torn paper pieces

Step 2: Begin tearing up the pieces of paper from your chosen options. A majority of these torn pieces can be ripped in any way that you want; however, drawings with edges or shapes to them may require a torn piece of paper to match up with the edges/shapes. Don’t worry though, they don’t have to be perfect!

Step 3: It may be helpful to first lay out where all of your torn pieces will go. After you map this out, begin gluing/taping down your torn pieces to create your collage. I found it easy to sometimes overlap many of the torn pieces in order to get the shape I wanted.

It takes some time, but the finished product is always great because of the creativity it took to create and shape paper to your drawing! Enjoy!

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