This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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Make: Torn Paper Landscape Art

I’ve been daydreaming of mountains and forests and epic top-of-the-summit sunsets this week, so I thought I’d share a project that can help you all escape winter and head for the hills with me! If your kids can rip paper (and what kid doesn’t love a good paper ripping) you’ll be able to create some pretty cool mountain scene landscape art together for an afternoon of artful adventure & scenery.

This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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One thing I absolutely love about this project is the flexibility – these are so easy to make in various sizes. We used some smaller pieces of paper to make ours, but younger kids might enjoy working larger or a full sheet of paper, scrap of cardboard or something even bigger! You could even use this torn paper idea to make a BIG DIY landscape book that folds out into a backdrop for play.

For torn paper landscapes you’ll need:

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Construction paper 0r similar in a variety of colors
  • A glue stick
  • A simple triangle stamp and stamp pad
  • Scissors

DIY STAMP SUPPLIES:

  • Cardboard
  • A foam sheet (cardboard will work if you don’t have this)
  • Craft glue
  • An X-Acto knife

NOTE: I wanted to make some smaller landscapes (and save a little paper) so I cut a piece of paper up into quarters and used those as my base sheets to build my landscapes on. You can use any size you like though, and for smaller kids, I tend to think the bigger the better.

Torn Paper Landscape Art Instructions:

  1. Tear up a few sheets of colored scrap paper

    Rip that paper UP! Try to rip it at some different angles to create “hill” or “slope” shapes. The messy ripped edges are what really give this project a cool look.

    This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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  2. Glue down landscape layers from the torn pieces

    Pick 3 or 4 (or more) colors you like together and start layering them on top of each other. Torn paper works really well for making mountains, but you don’t have to stick with what I did! When you start moving shapes and colors around, you might start to see other places too…beaches, fields, forests…let your imagination take you wherever it wants to go! Once you find a landscape you like, glue your layers down with a glue stick, working your way from the back to front (background to foreground).

    This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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  3. Trim excess paper from the edges

    Flip your project over and trim off the excess, following the sides of your base sheet. Pro tip: save the leftover scraps created from this project for some quick scrap paper collages or a simple color exploration grid for kids!

    This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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  4. Create mountains with a simple DIY triangle-shaped stamp

    Now you have a beautiful landscape – but to add a little extra beauty to the scene, we wanted some trees. Use your triangle stamp to add your own groups of trees! Think about where you’d like to see them in the mountains. If you have two sizes of triangle stamps, you can use a larger one on the foreground and a smaller one in the background to create depth – or maybe your trees aren’t even triangles – you can make them any shape you like! You can stamp in different colors
    or one color. Or add a forest of trees or only a few special trees here and there.

    This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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Making your own stamps? It’s super easy!! Simply cut the desired stamp shapes out of a thick foam sheet or piece of cardboard. Glue it to another square piece of cardboard (you can also use a wooden block) with a craft glue, let dry, and you’re good to go!

This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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I’d love to see the landscapes you make! For more creative but simple paper landscape ideas try our plains-inspired coffee ground bison art, or memphis style paper sculptures (conceptual, futuristic landscapes for the win!) For a completely different kind of landscape, break out the playdough and go on a nature walk to find everything you’ll need to make your own fairy forests.

This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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This quick little art project is a fun way for kids to experiment with making landscapes from torn paper and simple stamps!
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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