38 Awesome Craft Ideas Using Aluminum or Tin Foil

Updated on January 31, 2020
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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 wreath shown above, go to Potholes & Pantyhose.

1. Hearts Entwined

Although this blog is written in a foreign language, there is an English translation option in the right hand column. Consider making these hearts for your Valentine sweetheart. The tutorial is found at the Gulnas” Art Blog.

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.

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    • customlogodesignus profile image

      Custom Logo Design USA 

      6 months ago from USA

      Really interesting article.

    • diyerfy profile image

      Alice V 

      22 months ago from California

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

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      Susan Hazelton 

      2 years ago from Sunny Florida

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

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      Lynsey Hart 

      3 years ago from Lanarkshire

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

    • kmhrsn profile image


      7 years ago

      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 profile image


      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

    • PippiDust profile image


      7 years ago

      Great crafts for kids and for parents too.

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      7 years ago

      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.

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      7 years ago

      fabulous crafts

    • psiloveyou1 profile image


      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

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

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      7 years ago

      awesome crafts lens.Keep posting

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      7 years ago

      Nice and creative piece of work...

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      7 years ago

      Nice and creative piece of work...

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      7 years ago

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

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      Freestuffer LM 

      7 years ago

      the embossed metal tins is cool


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