Collage is one of my favorite art forms, and the recent birth of my newest niece, Bryn, inspired me to create a baby-themed collage. Though I have yet to meet this new baby (I’ll be flying out to see her soon), she was on my mind as I sorted through my art supplies in search of the perfect elements to use.
I chose a vintage photo for my central image, but those of you who are artists and crafters could certainly re-create this project using a current photo. This collage would make a lovely gift for new parents or grandparents, and the baby’s name could be spelled out instead of “baby”.
Similarly, you could create this collage using an heirloom family photo. Perhaps a photo of an older relative when they were young? This would be a lovely way to include an older generation in a new baby’s nursery.
Please read on for instructions on what materials I used, and to learn how I assembled my collage.
8” x 10” canvas panel
vintage ledger paper
vintage velvet ribbon in two widths (pink = 1/4′”, blue = 2”)
vintage photo frame
vintage buttons in two sizes
Terrifically Tacky Tape (TTT)
Assembling the collage:
Trim the ledger paper and vellum to 8” x 10”, and staple the two sheets together in each corner. (Note: The vellum softens the look of the paper underneath it, so you may not need the vellum if your background paper is soft/subtle enough.) Attach the ledger paper/vellum to the canvas panel with Terrifically Tacky Tape.
Cut a wide piece of velvet ribbon (blue) and affix the ribbon to the collage with TTT. Then attach the hanging tags to the velvet ribbon using TTT. The strings should then be stretched up and taped down. (Note: Ensure the photo is large enough to cover the starting point of all the strings, or consider leaving the strings off of the tags.) Attach the vintage photo to the collage using TTT, and attach vintage buttons to the four corners of the photo with needle and thread or an adhesive.
Finish the front of the collage by running narrow velvet ribbon (pink) along each edge of the collage, wrapping it around to the back, and taping it down. If you aren’t going to frame your collage, attach an 8” x 10” piece of cardstock to the back to cover your ribbon ends and tape, and don’t forget to sign and date your creation.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this vintage baby collage and the related instructions. Please post any questions you may have in the comments section – I’d be happy to respond to your queries.
p.s. If you’re new to collage, or need a refresher, please click here to see my collage basics tutorial.Tweet