Top 5 Recycled Items You Can Use in a Collage


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Nature Items
Let Mother Nature inspire you -- create a collage using natural items such as leaves, stones and twigs.
Let Mother Nature inspire you -- create a collage using natural items such as leaves, stones and twigs.
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When it comes to nature, there's no end to the materials that lend themselves to art. The world is your oyster -- and an element in your ocean-themed collage if you'd like.

A simple walk in the park can yield a pocketful of ideas. So can a daytrip to the seashore.

You can pick anything that catches your attention. But some materials you may want to look out for include branches, sticks, leaves, pebbles, acorns, pinecones, flowers, clover, sand and driftwood. When designing your collage, you can use these items to create a literal image -- like a beach scene or forest [source: Beal]. Or you can make it more abstract, mixing leaves with industrial things like screws and bits of wire.

Don't know what to do with all those seashells you collected on vacation? Maybe it's time to get out some glue and turn your collection into a creation you can frame and put up in your living room. You might consider painting, drawing, stamping or stenciling the background before affixing your sea treasures. You could even spray paint or sparkled varnish on top of them to create a different effect.

Want to cherish memories from a recent hiking trip? Make a collage to commemorate the family outing by incorporating pieces of bark, flowers and stones you collected, trip photos, a piece of nylon from your tent and the wrapper from the chocolate you used to make s'mores.

If you want to make a large-scale collage, you can use panels of wood, cardboard, large canvases or poster board commonly found at your local craft store [source: Collageart].

Read to find out what you can do with metal trinkets and doodads.