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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. Sharpie Art

You'll find the directions for making sharpie art by going to the Campbell County Public Library site.


15. Hearts Garland

Even teenagers could enjoy making this beautiful heart garland to decorate their room or the office. I think these are so elegant looking. Find the instructions at Recreated Designs.


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. Foil Cats

Find the instructions and video for making foil cats at Pal Tiya.


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. Foil Flowers Wall Decor

You'll find the directions for making this foil flower wall decor at Hometalk. 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 Our Kid Things.


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 Northern New York 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