Construction Paper Mosaics

My friend Nichole asked a few bloggers to come up with some ideas, or try some existing ideas, for repurposing art materials that are no longer used.  Always one to step up to a challenge, I decided this would be a good time to make use of the enormous pile of discarded colored paper that was only partially used along the way.  I just don’t have it in me to get rid of it…but I don’t love the amount of space it takes up either.

After staring at it for a while, I finally came up with a plan.  Perhaps Riley could use the paper to create a mosaic…

Easiest project ever…and so much fun!

1.  Gather your materials:  Glue, scrap paper in various colors, scissors, a pencil, and one piece of white paper.  Easy.

 2.  Cut colored paper into small pieces:  Riley loved cutting the paper!  She also made some confetti, just in case.  You never know when you might have a confetti emergency.

3.  Trace a shape on the white paper:  Riley loves to draw hearts, so this is her go-to shape.

4.  Glue along the outline of the shape first and outline with mosaic pieces:  What preschooler doesn’t love to glue?  She decided to make a pattern along the outside.

5.  Add glue to the inside of the shape and fill in with mosaic pieces.

6.  Use remaining pieces of scrap paper to frame the picture.

Riley and I had a blast doing this project.  The nice thing about an easy project is that we had time to chat and be silly.  It was the perfect quiet time activity after a busy morning at preschool.  She plans to give it to Sean to hang in his music studio because, “every studio needs some beautiful art, Mommy”.  I’m sure that he will agree.

How do you reuse old art materials?  Please share your ideas in the comment section!


About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)