Barn Collage Jewelry Art

A couple of days ago I got an idea to do a barn scene on canvas, made from paper. It was a great idea, in theory, but I had no idea how to make a barn.

Essentially, I knew it would start with a drawing, because for me, a drawing provides guidelines. I thought I’d share the steps I took, in case you’d like to try it, too.


Paint a canvas. I used an 8×10 inch wrapped canvas and I painted grass and a sky. (This isn’t the exact one I used- I forgot to take a picture of that one.)

step one- paint a canvas to use as a
background for the barn


Draw a simple barn to use as a reference. I looked at easy drawing tutorials, then drew mine.

step two- draw a simple barn just to get
an idea of the style you like


Choose a scrapbook paper for your barn. I chose a blue and gray weathered board paper.

step three- choose a scrapbook paper for your barn


Draw the basic barn outline on the back of the scrapbook paper.

step four- draw the basic outline of the barn on the back of the scrapbook paper


Either tear out or cut the barn from the scrapbook paper. I chose to tear mine out because I wanted a vintage, layered look.

Also, now is a good time to look back at your first drawing so you can tear out/cut out any doors, windows, and trim for your barn. Here’s my barn with trim pieces:

step five- tear out the barn, door, windows, and trim from the scrapbook paper


Glue your barn to the canvas using a decoupage medium. I used Mod Podge and applied the glue with a foam brush.

It’s helpful to put the glue on the canvas and the back of the scrapbook paper. Lay the barn onto the canvas and put another layer of glue on top of the barn.


  • You may have to use your fingers to get any wrinkles out of the paper- it’s ideal if it dries flat.
  • Also, if you bring the glue all the way across the canvas every time you add pieces, it helps the glue look uniform after everything is added and the glue dries.
step six- glue on the barn and details


Glue in more details if you’d like. I started by adding a paper fence.

step seven- add whatever details you’d like
for the barn scene

I wanted to have a momma walking to the barn. I ended up putting two kiddos with her.

still step seven- continue adding in whatever
details you’d like in your scene

I thought paper flowers would look pretty, so I tore them out of some scrapbook paper I have. I added them the same way, with the glue and foam brush.

still step seven- flowers make nice details


Add the jewelry. I wanted something small and simple. So I chose part of a bracelet for the momma’s barrette. I also picked three tiny hearts that were part of another bracelet to add near the flowers. One of them says, ‘live, love, laugh.’ Pretty fitting.

I use a nontoxic craft glue for adding jewelry to a canvas.

step eight- add the jewelry

What a fun project! When I started yesterday morning I had zero idea how to even make a barn with paper. I love how it turned out. Collage is really great because we can just add things as we go.

Thanks for being here and for reading. If you decide to try barn collage jewelry art, please let me know! I’d love to see it!




  1. I love that weathered barn paper–maybe I should just decoupage it on my walls! Seriously, though, the barn turned out really nice. If this was my dad’s barn, his horse Rio would be sticking his head over the fence waiting for those girls to bring him a treat. 💕

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    • Hi! Isn’t that paper so cool?? If you did your walls in it, I’d have to see!!! Oh my goodness- I didn’t know your dad had a horse. How sweet. LOVE horses. I can just imagine them running over (because who can walk while a horse is waiting?) and giving Rio a treat! Super smile here. That just topped off the whole piece! Thank you for that! ❤️

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