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38 Awesome Craft Ideas Using Aluminum or Tin Foil

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

I always hate to throw away used aluminum foil because I feel there has to be some great use for it that I just don't know about. I decided it was time for me to do a good search for the best foil crafts, and if I was able to find more than just a couple of foil crafts, I would share them with you.

I'll share with you pictures of the foil crafts that I found, plus the name of the site where you can find the project. All you'll need to do is just click on the site name and you'll be taken directly to the page with the directions and, if appropriate, patterns.

For the instructions for making the beautiful hearts shown above, go to Gulnas” Art Blog.

1. Make a Spider Using Foil

2. Embossed Metal Tape

Check out this beautiful embossed metal art project. This would make a great classroom project also. Follow the tutorial at Sebenta to make this project.

3. Golden Birds Foil Collage

Imagine placing this beautiful picture into a wide black picture frame. Go to the Calligraphy Art Painting site for the instructions for making this collage.

4. Pendants

This is a perfect craft for kids, whether in a classroom setting or just a rainy day activity. Go to make and takes to find out how to make the pendants.

5. Fairy Circle

If you are wondering what fairy circles are and what they do, find out that information and also how to make the fairy circle by going to Filth Wizardry.

6. Foil, Glue and Shoe Polish Owl

I really like this craft, and the steps taken to make it, as a classroom project. For the template and directions for making this foil owl, go to Make It a Wonderful Life.

7. Stained Glass Lizard

Although the directions for this project calls for using ceramic paint, I think that if you don't have the paint you can use Sharpie permanent markers. Find the instructions for this project at Artsy Craftsy Mom.

8. Foil Beads

A fun and inexpensive project for Girl Scouts or a classroom. You'll find the directions on how to make these beads at Sparklingbuds.

9. Vintage Metal Box

Can you believe this faux vintage metal box is made using foil? The directions at favecrafts will tell you how to make one.

10. Sculpting With Tinfoil

11. Embossed Fish Puppet

Find the instructions for making gorgeous embossed foil fish puppets at Kids Craft Room.

12. Foil and Tissue Paper Ornaments

Making foil and tissue paper ornaments in different sizes and different designs would be a great family Christmas time project.

13. Embossed Foil Bracelets

Make bracelets for yourself or to give as gifts with the instructions you'll find at favecrafts.

14. Embossed Butterflies

You'll find the directions for making these embossed butterflies, by going to the ARTZY CREATIONS site.

15. Foiled Letters

Even teenagers could enjoy making these beautiful letters to decorate their room or the office. I think these are so elegant looking. Find the instructions at Whatcha Workin' On?.

16. Autumn Leaf Plaque

Arrange the leaves in a couple different ways to make a pair of these Autumn Leaf Plaques. Very beautiful made up. Go to Kids & Glitter for the patterns and directions.

17. Embossed Metal Tins

I'm sure you'll find all kinds of uses for these little foil covered tins. Find the instructions for the embossed metal tins at craftstylish.

18. Pie Pan Rose Topiary

Impressive!! Go to paper plate and plane for the directions for making this pie pan rose topiary. Imagine this as a wedding decoration.

19. Tiffany Style Lenten Art

The kids in my art class loved doing this project, and the teachers loved displaying them in the hallway before Easter. Find the instructions at Kids & Glitter.

20. Miraculous Medal

Find the tutorial, and downloadable Mary images, at Catholic Icing.nnBe sure to check out this project, I think you'll be glad you did.

21. Gold Coins

I'm sure you'll be able to think of some great use for these coins. Go to Kiwi Corner for instructions.

22. Foil Pendants

23. How to Color Foil

Have you ever wanted colored foil but you didn't have time to run to the store, or you just needed a little bit and didn't want to buy a big sheet of it? Check out first palette for a tutorial on how to color foil. You'll be glad you did.

24. Christmas Tree Star Ornaments

Make these beautiful Christmas tree stars with your little ones this year. You can find the instructions at Our Kid Things.

25. How to Make Christmas Stars

26. Cold Cloisonne Painting

You'll find the directions for making this cold cloisonne painting at HGTV. I'm really intrigued by this project.

27. Foiled Bird Collage

28. Foil Owl

The instructions for this foil owl are a bit different than others that I've seen, so I wanted to share this one with you also. You'll find the tutorial for this foil owl at family brings joy.

29. Christmas Elf

You'll never be able to make just one of these Christmas elf ornaments. Find the directions for making this cute elf craft at Craft Elf.

30. Quilled Aluminum Snowflakes

Make these beautiful snowflakes using the instructions at Suzy's Artsy Crafty Sitcom.

31. Faux Anthro Zinc Letter

Make an Anthro knockoff zinc letter using aluminum foil and following the tutorial at From Gardners 2 Bergers.

32. Foil Icicles

Bella Dia is the place you'll find the tutorial for making these beautiful and simple tinfoil icicles.

33. Foil Leaves Canvas Art

You may have the perfect place to hang this beautiful foil leaves canvas art. Make it yourself by following the instructions at SC Design.

34. Burnished Leaf Art

You'll find the tutorial for making this leaf art at My Baking Addiction. This is an impressive project.

35. Rain Sticks

Tinfoil and rice is used inside the rain sticks to make the rain sound.

36. Faux Silver Leaf Pumpkin

A faux silver leaf pumpkin will be an attractive addition to your fall centerpiece decorations.

37. Christmas Ornaments

Make these Christmas ornaments to hang on your tree or use them as pendants for a beautiful Christmas necklace.

38. Tinfoil Rose

I think a tinfoil rose displayed in a crystal or black bud vase would make a great wedding reception table decoration.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Did You Find a Foil Craft That You'd Want to Make? - or leave a comment.

Custom Logo Design USA from USA on January 10, 2020:

Really interesting article.

Alice V from California on September 27, 2018:

I love the ornaments, I think they look easy enough for little kids to enjoy making.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 19, 2018:

Such a great group of creativity here. I tried but couldn't choose a favorite. I love them all.

Lynsey Hart from Lanarkshire on November 15, 2016:

These are really creative ways to use foil! Amazing ways to use an every day household object!

kmhrsn on May 22, 2013:

Man! What a great compilation of foil crafts. When I was a kid, we used to make foil chains for decorating the Christmas tree. If it's shiny, me and my mom like it. :-)

WriterJanis2 on December 05, 2012:

I never thought about making foil into crafts. What a terrific idea. You have some great one I want to try.

anonymous on November 27, 2012:

Very cool lens, informative and innovative. Many cool ideas.

PippiDust on November 27, 2012:

Great crafts for kids and for parents too.

meltyourmansheart on November 20, 2012:

I'm going to try two of your suggested crafts, Embossed Metal Tins and Vintage Metal Box. I have quite a bit of aluminum foil sitting in my basement.

Vivianpro on November 19, 2012:

fabulous crafts

psiloveyou1 on November 19, 2012:

There are so many great ideas and beautiful projects. Thanks for sharing them. Sending an Angel Blessing your way :)

mosaic-tiles on November 18, 2012:

I'm going to do these now for the holiday.

MakeHairBows on November 17, 2012:

Wow... Love the Autumn Leaf Plaque. :-)

CeyhunDonmez on November 17, 2012:

awesome crafts lens.Keep posting

NewUsedCarsSacramento on November 15, 2012:

Nice and creative piece of work...

NewUsedCarsSacramento on November 15, 2012:

Nice and creative piece of work...

DecoratingMom411 on November 13, 2012:

I really like that wreath! It's perfect for front doors! Thanks for sharing this useful lens!

Freestuffer LM on November 12, 2012:

the embossed metal tins is cool


We can all easily get so caught up with Pinterest and all the beautiful crafts on there that we forget about the myriad of possibilities when using simple everyday materials such as aluminum foil, toothpicks, wine corks, cardboard boxes and anything else from the kitchen, recycling bin and even daddy’s toolbox!.

I made a cardboard toy camera recently using the lid of a laundry detergent bottle as the lens and it turned out so cool – crafts and activities made with everyday household materials are the best fun.

Read on down and click through to be inspired by these 30 ‘best of’ ideas for aluminum foil crafts and art activities.

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Aluminum Foil Robots

Turn cardboard boxes into shiny cool robots with everyday materials from around the house. These silly faced robots make me smile! see the recycling magic on MollyMooCrafts (above image)

Aluminum Foil & Tissue Paper Bracelets
Such a striking color popping girlie craft made with just toilet paper rolls, aluminum foil and tissue paper. You just have to see how easy they are to make right here on KAB (above image)

I love lessons where there are endless ways to create and make – roll the foil into balls, squish it or leave it smooth and layer it. The options to sculpt with foil are limitless with classic-play

Make a jetpack!!! prepare to take off with this awesome recycled craft using tin foil, right here on KAB

Tin foil is also a grey material for quickly wiping up some cool props for story time – click through to see fun and cute alien spaceships by KidsStuffWorld for Buzzmills. I adore this craft activity.

And how about making a Viking Shield from cardboard and aluminum foil? See how on KidsActivitiesBlog

Sculpt the foil to create shiny foil-bead bracelets!! (below, lower left) how cool via tinyrottenpeanuts

Here's a craft project for older children – gorgeous foil pendants, so simple your kids will be making a pile of them for all their friends xx see how to make on makeandtakes

Aluminum Foil Crown

Aluminum Foil Crowns (above image) cardboard wrapped in foil and decorated with permanent markers. The perfect rainy day or sick day craft to keep everyone amused via ikatbag

Make some Foil Tree Sculptures! this lesson in simple sculpting with leave your kids wanting to make more and more and more. See the joy of sculpting on Classic-Play (above image)

How cool are these embossed foil ornaments, (below, top left) perfect for holidays or anytime of year. Make in less than 5 minutes with BabbleDabbleDo

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Any little robot fans in your house will ADORE these robot guys and girls. They will need them! They will want them! They will need to start making them now! (above centre) See the joy on KidStuffWorld

Encourage your kids to twist it, mold it and shape it into anything they want (above, top right).  You may be  surprised  at how sculpt-able it is! see what one group of kids joyfully created on housingaforest

Make pretty rain sticks with Happy Hooligans (above, lower left) – it’s all in the decorating xx

Use foil to create reflective windows on cardboard rockets and watch the kids zoom around the room in a matter of minutes. See how to make on mykidcraft

Cereal Box Robots – dive into the recycling stash to come up with all the materials you need to make quirky cereal box robots with the kids, right here on KAB.

Let’s all make Not-So-Noisy Noise Makers from kitchen paper tubes and foil. Time to shake shake shake with Classic-Play

Guess the object covered in tin foil!!! what a super simple and fun idea for little ones. The simple ideas are always the best. See the fun for yourself on laughingkidslearn

Plastic storage box + aluminum foil = DIY Light Table!! how clever via danyabanya

Use foil to create a Frozen inspired landscape for imaginative play via b-inspiredmama

I just adore this children’s sculpture activity – exploring gestures through foil figures and drawing their shadows. How cool!! see the inspiration on doodles-and-noodles

Tin Foil Art  

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I spotted the above right cool zentangle art activity for kids by LetsLassoTheMoon last year and it got me to look at aluminum foil in a fresh new way. Such a unique and creative no-cost way to keep the kids entertained.

Foil collage is the perfect quick and easy art activity for kids, and their tired parents! (above, center lower) See the colorful fun on picklebums

Foil presents children with an super fun material to paint on – check out this gorgeous foil fish craft created for an ocean themed activity for pre-schoolers on NurtureStore (above, lower left)

This stained glass art activity using aluminum foil and cellophane activity is so so pretty (above, lower right). This has catapulted straight to the top of my to do list at home. Thanks for the inspiration pinkstripeysocks

And the crafting fun continues with artsycraftsymom with some really fun and colorful mixed up foil chameleons (above, top left)

More beautiful tin foil art results on pagingfunmums

Painting on Foil – shiny and shimmery aluminum foil is great fun to paint on instead of paper – kids can see a very hazy reflection of themselves as they paint!!! see the fun on picklebums

And check out this gorgeous Mexican metal art project right here on kidsactivitiesblog

And finally! even more examples of how aluminum foil is such a great material to use in artwork. Check out this simple and engaging technique on kidworldcitizen


To find more  crafts with things you’ve got laying around your house check out our book: 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever!

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Silver Perfection: 10 Groovy Tin Foil Crafts

We can always rely on tin foil to keep our food tasty even when we decide to finish that pasta the next day. But did you ever think of using tin foil for crafting? We have! We dived deep into tin foil crafts and found you the top 10! These are the crafts that bring out the best of tin foil potential and as an added bonus, they are all ridiculously simple to make! Don’t miss these 10 groovy tin foil crafts!

1. Tin Foil Drawings


Starting out with something artistic! This tin foil drawing really is a silver perfection. It has deep, moon-like energy and will be perfect for your home if you adore metallic wall art. You’re going to be so proud of yourself when you make it! We’ll let Art Club Blog be your guide!

2. Tin Foil Pendant


The best thing about DIY pendants is that you can customize them however you like and really make them yours. From colors to motive, you have complete control over what you create! East Coast Mommy will show you how to make amazing tin foil pendants, then it’s up to you to dress them up in vibrant colors!

3. Tin Foil Rose


Everybody has a soft spot for roses. Whether you’re giving them or receiving them, it’s an occasion connected with feelings of love. This tin foil rose is a really thoughtful gift for someone who wants a little more than traditional flowers! You’ll find the details at I Gotta Create.

4. Tin Foil Modern Art


Always go for projects that make you feel like an artist! Here’s one by Piikea! Put your modern art skills to the test by making an artistic piece out of tin foil! Let your feelings flow and creativity guide you, until you get the final result that might just be your biggest masterpiece!

5. Tin Foil Tissue Ornaments


Have you got all ornaments for your Christmas tree yet? There’s always room to add one more! We love this ornament by Happy Hooligans that brings tin foil and tissue paper together! You don’t always need fancy craft materials to make great projects – simplicity can have such stunning results!

 6. Tin Foil Monogram


Looking for a thoughtful and personal gift for a loved one? How about a tin foil monogram? It actually looks like something royalty would want to decorate their big iron gates with! Be one step ahead of the royal trends and get the tutorial at Watcha Workin’ On! Whoever gets this as a gift, lucky them!

7. Tin Foil Ornaments


Ornaments galore! We can’t help it, it’s that time of the year when Christmas ornaments are all we can think of! If your children want to participate in ornament making, this project is pitch-perfect! Let them play around with tinfoil and see where their little ideas take them! Kids Activities Blog has more details!

 8. Tin Foil Bell Ornament


Silver bells, silver bells, tin foil all the way! What, is that not how the song goes? Well it does if you make these little tin foil bells by Little Bins For Little Hands! Put on some Christmas music, print out the instructions and you’re all set to turn some tinfoil into enchanting silver bells!

9. Tin Foil Quote Art

VIEW IN GALLERYTin foil quote art

As you can see, tin foil is art’s close friend! From drawn art through modern art straight to quote art! If you like motivational quotes that uplift you every day, make one for yourself and start the New Year with a positive mindset! Up for the challenge? Grab a roll of tin foil from your kitchen and the tutorial at Let’s DIY!

10. Tin Foil Pan


At last, we bring the tinfoil back to the place where it serves us the most: the kitchen! If you’re ever in need of a pan and don’t feel like doing the dishes (we’ve all been there), here’s a smart tin foil pan idea by Lindsay Ann Bakes! Happy baking!

We were serious; tin foil all the way!


5 Fun Foil Art Projects For Kids

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Looking for a fun new art medium for the kids? Try tin foil! When you’re out of construction paper and don’t want to make an extra trip to the craft store, head to the kitchen and pull this inexpensive and fun roll out for some extra fun foil art projects for kids.

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1. Simple Painting on Tin Foil

You probably have everything you need to make a canvas out of aluminum foil. Use painters tape to secure the foil, then gather some foam brushes and paint and get to work! Your kids will be making creative and shiny works of art, perfect for the fridge, in no time!

Find tons of amazing crafts at

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2. Foil Drawing

Thicker copper foil is used in this craft, something we didn’t even know existed! Bamboo sticks and a piece of felt is pretty much all you need to make this unique and artistic piece of art. Perfect for older kids, these would also look pretty amazing with some paint for added color.

Learn more about this craft at

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3. Sparkly Icicles Foil Art

Whether you’re in the throes of winter, or just want to remember what cold feels like in the dead of summer, you will love making this fun sparkly icicles craft! Paint the aluminum foil and top it with glitter, then hang with simple thread. And the light reflects beautifully from some of these when hung in a window!

Check out the simple tutorial at

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4. Printed Fall Tree Foil Art

Budding artists will thoroughly enjoy this tree art made from a ball of foil. Perfect for little hands still learning dexterity, a rolled ball of aluminum foil is dipped in paint and then tapped on paper to form the leaves. Tiny fingers can draw out the trunk, for a truly sweet and amazingly artistic fall tree. We imagine you can also change your paint colors and make one of these for any time of the year!

See more fun pics of how this project is done at

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5. Foil Leaf Rubbing

It’s as simple as finding leaves, laying them under a piece of foil and gently rubbing with your finger! Your kiddos will be amazed at all the detail that will show through and it provides the perfect background for painting. Or just leave plain for a fantastically framable piece of art.



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I'm a born and bred Southern California native and currently the managing editor at Red Tri. I get to share my life with my husband of 13 years and our beautiful, 5-year old daughter. In my free time you'll catch me cheering for the Dodgers, cooking, baking, reading, crafting and probably watching a little HGTV!
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