How to Make Foil Paper Decorations

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How to Make Foil Paper Decorations
Every sheet of foil paper holds an afternoon of crafting fun. (aluminium foil image by Andrey Zyk from

Parents, grandparents, school teachers and babysitters should always have a secret weapon craft project up their sleeve the next time a rainy day keeps them and the kids inside. Making decorations out of foil paper is one of those projects that is always accessible, cheap and engaging. Just pull out a few everyday items and you're ready to go. Make decorations for a special occasion, as a gift or to jazz up a room.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Foil paper
  • Stencils
  • Pencils
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Fishing line (or string)
  • Glue
  • 18-inch steel wire

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  1. 1

    Lay a sheet of foil paper flat on the work area.

  2. 2

    Place a stencil over top of the foil, making sure that the foil completely fills the stencil to the edges.

  3. 3

    Use a pencil to trace the outline of the stencil and continue until the sheet of foil is full of shapes.

  4. 4

    Use a glue stick to mount the foil paper onto card stock and allow the glue to fully dry. Cut out the shapes.

  5. 5

    Attach the fishing line to the shapes to hang them from the ceiling, or use the shapes to decorate gifts for special occasions.

  1. 1

    Stack eight sheets of foil paper, shiny side up.

  2. 2

    Make eight accordion folds with deep creases.

  3. 3

    Fold the steel wire in half over the middle of the paper accordion. Twist the wire to tie it off. Leave the remaining wire loose, to be used to hang the pom-pom once it's complete.

  4. 4

    Trim the ends of the paper accordion so that they're rounded, pointy or asymmetrical.

  5. 5

    Separate the layers of the accordion, one by one, until the pom is spread into a sphere.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have stencils, use cookie cutters to trace shapes onto the foil paper.
  • The pom-poms work best with thin pieces of foil paper. Do not use aluminium foil.

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