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Paper mosaics for kids & grown-ups

Instructions and printouts for making paper mosaics with materials usually find at home. The models are mosaics from Jordan. They were made of stones in the Byzantine period more than 1,500 years ago. Nowadays, Jordanian artisans continue this tradition and create beautiful mosaics for sale.

Our examples of mosaics come from various archaeological sites in Jordan. The links lead to photos and information about the motifs and places.


Instructions to make the paper mosaics at home
Print out the PDF with the mosaic model, stick both sheets together
Cut small squares and triangles from old packages or magazines
Glue the paper tiles on the model leaving a small gap between each other
Your paper tiles can be larger than the ones on the model, tweezers also help
The outline printout is easier for children. The PDF has also a smaller drawing just for coloring
The smaller the child, the bigger the paper tiles should be

Photograph your paper mosaic or colored drawing and share on social media, tagged with:
#ArtDestinationJordan #MosaicsofJordan #MadabaCatAndFriends

Try also making mosaics of your own funny designs!

Mosaics and Printouts

See also in Art Destination Jordan:

Recommendations for cultural travellers: Contemporary art, art history, architecture, design, cultural heritage

Web guide: informative photo tours, and special presentations of sites, venues, events, projects

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