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collage Sculptures

This fun sculpture project uses cardboard, toilet paper and paper towel cylinders to make interlocking building blocks that are then collaged.


Making the building pieces

  1. Gather cardboard (such as chipboard or cereal boxes) and toilet paper and paper towel cylinders.

  2. Use our template to trace the shapes of the three types of building components: cylinders, rectangular planes, and circular planes. Create as a many pieces as you'd like.

Collage the pieces

  1. Gather together collage materials such as magazine and newspaper clippings, ribbons, paint, bits of colored or handmade papers, portions of other artwork or texts, photographs and other found objects,

  2. Glued these materials to the building blocks. Feel free to draw and paint on the pieces. Cover the finished plane pieces with wax paper and set books on top to flatten then as they dry.


  1. Use the pieces you've created to build sculptures. Try making a very vertical structure, a very horizontal structure, one with lots of projections, etc.

  2. Use the pieces to create a game where you challenge a friend to use the pieces to create the tallest structure, structure with the most pieces, etc. Let your imagination run wild!

Charles & Ray Eames 


The legendary husband/wife design team made films, houses, books and classic midcentury modern furniture. In this video, their grandson, Eames Demetrios, shares insights into their intensely creative lives, their creative processes, and influential work.

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