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29 Awesome Craft Ideas Using Aluminum or Tin Foil

Updated on November 20, 2016
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I love arts and crafts. I used to volunteer teach an elementary art class and love sharing tutorials for fun crafts to make with kids.

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 LETS CREATE Crafts.

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 Foil

This is so much easier to do than it looks. Find the instructions for making this outstanding embossed foil project at the Craft A World site.

12. Foil Ball Ornaments

Making the ornaments different sizes and wrapped in different colored yarn or ribbon, would be a great family Christmas tree project. Go to RAISING ARIZONA for the easy instructions.

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. Faux Stained Glass

An outstanding classroom project or one you can make for yourself or as a gift. Go to Crafts & Sutch to how to do this project.

22. Christmas Bells

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. Tinfoil Cake Pan Star

This is a beautiful star that I'll be making before Christmas this year. You can also make one by finding the instructions on the thrive. website.

25. Embossed Stars

These beautiful silver stars, and the instructions for making them can be found at Better Homes and Gardens. These stars make outstanding Christmas tree ornaments.


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.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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

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      Lynsey Harte 10 months ago from Glasgow

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

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      kmhrsn 4 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. :-)

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      WriterJanis2 4 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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      anonymous 4 years ago

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

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      PippiDust 4 years ago

      Great crafts for kids and for parents too.

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      meltyourmansheart 4 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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      Vivianpro 4 years ago

      fabulous crafts

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      psiloveyou1 4 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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      mosaic-tiles 4 years ago

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

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      MakeHairBows 4 years ago

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

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      CeyhunDonmez 4 years ago

      awesome crafts lens.Keep posting

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      Nice and creative piece of work...

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 4 years ago

      Nice and creative piece of work...

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      DecoratingMom411 4 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 4 years ago

      the embossed metal tins is cool