How to Reverse Collage

How to Reverse Collage


Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home shows us how to do reverse collage with scrapbook paper, gift wrap, or scrap magazines. This technique can be used on any clear plastic or glass pieces, such as plates, vases and bowls. Find project instructions for the pictured tray here.


Reverse Collage Tray


  • Gift wrap, scrapbook paper, or magazine clippings
  • scissors
  • assorted colors of tissue paper
  • waxed paper
  • Aleene’s® instant decoupage glue
  • sponge brush
  • For Tray Pictured: Picture Frame with Glass, Hardware for Tray Handles

Reverse Collage Materials


  1. Cut designs from paper. Tear the tissue paper into odd-shaped pieces of various sizes.

    Reverse Collage Step 1
  2. Place the frame and glass wrong side up (remember you are working everything in reverse!) on your work surface. Determine placement of your paper designs. Working over one small area at a time, brush a coat of glue on the glass in the desired area. Brush a coat of glue on the right side of the paper cutout. Place the paper right side down on the glue-covered area. Brush a coat of glue on top of the cutout, pressing out any air bubbles as you work. While the glue is still very wet, you need to move right along to the next step.

    Reverse Collage Tray Step 2
  3. Crumple one piece of tissue paper. Flatten, leaving some of the wrinkles. Place the tissue paper into the glue covered area, covering the paper cutout(s). Brush a coat of glue on top of the tissue paper, wrinkling the paper as you brush to add texture.

    Reverse Collage Tray Step 4
  4. Continue applying paper cutouts and tissue-paper pieces to the glass until the entire surface is covered. Let dry.

    Reverse Collage Tray Step 5

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What a fun idea! I think I'll change it up and use flowers around the edges. I love it when I stumble across an idea that I have all the materials in house. I've never heard of reverse collage but it makes total sense and it's a simple concept. I'll bet it comes out really elegant.

Love it so much. I cannot believe how easy this is and the outcome. GREAT IDEA


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