Art Projects With Colouring on Foil

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Art Projects With Colouring on Foil
Aluminium foil, whether used or new, provides for excellent crafting opportunities. (colourful markers #3 image by Adam Borkowski from

Everyone knows the wonders of aluminium foil in the kitchen. But, with its shine and sparkle already built in, aluminium foil is an inexpensive and easy-to-use material for crafting, too. By adding paint or permanent marker to the foil, design ideas are limitless, and little hands can be kept busy for hours on end.


To make foil etchings, add a few drops of dish liquid to some dark-coloured tempera paint and mix well. Next, paint an entire sheet of tinfoil any way you like. Once dry, use different tools such as toothpicks, Popsicle sticks and straws to scrape paint off of the tinfoil to create a design of your choosing.


Every child loves to pretend, and masks are a wonderful way to help them do just that. Double up a 24-by-12-inch piece of tinfoil to make a 12-inch square. Mold foil to face and remove. Gently cut out holes for eyes, nose and mouth. Decorate the mask with permanent markers, being careful not to press too hard. Remould against face if foil loses its shape.

Leaf Reliefs

Gather leaves of varying shapes and sizes from outdoors. Lay leaves underneath a sheet of tinfoil and press foil firmly over them until a raised relief is created. Gently colour the reliefs with permanent marker in vivid shades of red, yellow and orange. Carefully cut out each leaf and hang on the wall or from the ceiling.

Yarn Outlines

Coat a long piece of yarn with liquid school glue. Curve yarn to your heart's delight onto a piece of tinfoil. Press yarn firmly onto foil and lay flat to dry. When glue has dried, use the yarn as a border and colour design, using permanent markers. Frame and hang on wall.


Measure a piece of tinfoil so that it wraps perfectly around a pillar candle. Colour tinfoil, using permanent markers. You can also glue beads, gems and other non-toxic items to your tinfoil. Wrap your completed design around the candle and glue along seam.

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