Multifunctional Aluminium Foil
Something different to do with thin foil
Are there ways to reuse aluminium foil? You better believe it! Thin or aluminium foil is in everyone's home and from time to time, people throw it in trash without giving it a second thought! And you know what? It's not something to throw out lightly! Alu foil on land fields will probably outlive you, your kids AND your grandkids!
So, check this page out and find numerous household tips, gardening tips and craft projects with aluminium foil!
Hope you'll find something useful! Enjoy!
Don't throw away...
...your old aluminum foil. Tin foil has a lot of uses besides cooking or wrapping food! If the foil has been used for foods, be sure to wash it with detergent before re-using. Used aluminum foil will retain a slightly crinkled look, even when smoothed out, which adds nice texture for art projects. If you want a really smooth look, you should use a warm iron to press the wrinkles out.
Make an extra-large salad bowl
Use or reuse thin foil!
You've invited half the neighborhood over for dinner, but don't have a bowl big enough to toss that much salad. Don't panic. Just line the kitchen sink with aluminum foil and toss away!
Keep rolls and breads warm
Foil reflects heat!
Want to lock in the oven-fresh warmth of your homemade rolls or breads for a dinner party or picnic? Before you load up your basket, wrap your freshly baked goods in a napkin and place a layer of aluminum foil underneath. The foil will reflect the heat and keep your bread warm for quite some time.
Catch ice-cream cone drips
Keep your kids clean!
Keep youngsters from making a mess of their clothes or your house by wrapping the bottom of an ice-cream cone (or a wedge of water-melon) with a piece of aluminum foil before handing it to them.
Polish your silver
Simple and easy!
Is your silverware looking a bit dull these days? Try an ion exchange, a molecular reaction in which aluminum acts as a catalyst. All you have to do is line a pan with a sheet of aluminum foil, fill it with cold water, and add two teaspoons of salt. Drop your tarnished silverware into the solution, let it sit for two to three minutes, then rinse off and dry.
Scrub your pots
Just be careful and don't scretch!
Don't have a scrub pad? Crumple up a handful of aluminum foil and use it to scrub your pots.
Keep the oven clean
Use on reck not on bottom of oven!
Are you baking a bubbly lasagna or casserole? Keep messy drips off the bottom of the oven by laying a sheet or two of aluminum foil over the rack below. Do not line the bottom of the oven with foil; it could cause a fire.
Improve radiator efficiency
Use alu foil as heat reflector!
Here's a simple way to get more heat out of your old cast-iron radiators without spending one cent more on your gas or oil bill: Make a heat reflector to put behind them. Tape heavy-duty aluminum foil to cardboard with the shiny side of the foil facing out. The radiant heat waves will bounce off the foil into the room instead of being absorbed by the wall behind the radiator. If your radiators have covers, it also helps to attach a piece of foil under the cover's top.
Protect child's mattress
For parents of potty trained toddlers
As any parent of a potty-trained youngster knows, accidents happen. When they happen in bed, however, you can spare the mattress -- even if you don't have a plastic protector available. First, lay several sheets of aluminum foil across the width of the mattress. Then, cover them with a good-sized beach towel. Finally, attach the mattress pad and bottom sheet.
Hide worn spots in mirrors
Don't throw away a mirror!
Sometimes a worn spot adds to the charm of an old mirror; sometimes it's a distraction. You can easily disguise small flaws on a mirror's reflective surface by putting a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side facing out, on the back of the glass. To hold the foil in place, attach it to the backing behind the mirror or to the frame with masking tape. Don't tape it to the mirror itself.
Sharpen your scissors
Use foil leftvers
What can you do with those clean pieces of leftover foil you have hanging around? Use them to sharpen up your dull scissors! Smooth them out if necessary, and then fold the strips into several layers and start cutting. Seven or eight passes should do the trick. Pretty simple, huh?
Line a bowl with aluminium foil
To clean your jewelry, simply line a small bowl with aluminum foil. Fill the bowl with hot water and mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent (not liquid), such as Tide. Put the jewelry in the solution and let it soak for one minute. Rinse well and air-dry. This procedure makes use of the chemical process known as ion exchange, which can also be used to clean silverware.
Move furniture with ease
Slide it with thin foil
To slide big pieces of furniture over a smooth floor, place small pieces of aluminum foil under the legs. Put the dull side of the foil down -- the dull side is actually more slippery than the shiny side.
Clean out your fireplace
Using alu foil makes cleaning easy
Looking for an easy way to clean the ashes out of your fireplace? Place a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil across the bottom of the fireplace or under the wood grate. The next day -- or once you're sure all the ashes have cooled -- simply fold it up and throw it away.
Clean your barbecue grill
Cleaning a grill easy way
After the last steak is brought in, and while the coals are still red-hot, lay a sheet of aluminum foil over the grill to burn off any remaining foodstuffs. The next time you use your barbecue, crumple up the foil and use it to easily scrub off the burned food before you start cooking.
Make a barbecue drip pan
Simply, easy, fast made drip pan
To keep meat drippings off your barbecue coals, fashion a disposable drip pan out of a couple of layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Shape it freehand, or use an inverted baking pan as a mold (remember to remove the pan once your creation is finished). Also, don't forget to make your drip pan slightly larger than the meat on the grill.
Improvise a frying pan
Camping tip for less luggage
Don't feel like lugging a frying pan along on a camping trip? Form your own by centering a forked stick over two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Wrap the edges of the foil tightly around the forked branches but leave some slack in the foil between the forks. Invert the stick and depress the center to hold food for frying.
Improve outdoor lighting
Put thin foil behind a light
Brighten up the electrical lighting in your backyard or campsite by making a foil reflector to put behind the light. Attach the reflector to the fixture with a few strips of electrical tape or duct tape -- do not apply tape directly to the bulb.
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Speed your ironing
Use aluminium foil as heat reflector for this
When you iron clothing, a lot of the iron's heat is sucked up by the board itself -- requiring you to make several passes to remove wrinkles. To speed things up, put a piece of aluminum foil under your ironing board cover. The foil will reflect the heat back through the clothing, smoothing wrinkles quicker.
Attach a patch
Alu foil helps you fix clothing
An iron-on patch is an easy way to fix small holes in clothing -- but only if it doesn't get stuck onto your ironing board. To avoid this, put a piece of aluminum foil under the hole. It won't stick to the patch, and you can just slip it out when you're finished.
Clean your iron
Run iron over thin foil
Is starch building up on your clothes iron and causing it to stick? To get rid of it, run your hot iron over a piece of aluminum foil.
Put some bite in your mulch
Keep insects and slugs away
To keep hungry insects and slugs away from your cucumbers and other vegetables, mix strips of aluminum foil in with your garden mulch. As a bonus benefit, the foil will reflect light back up onto your plants.
Protect tree trunks
Cheap and effective
Mice, rabbits, and other animals often feed on the bark of young trees during winter. A cheap and effective deterrent is to wrap the tree trunks with a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil in late fall. Be sure to remove the foil in spring.
Scare crows and other birds
Reuse alu foil scraps
Are the birds eating the fruit on your trees? To foil them, dangle strips of aluminum foil from the branches using monofilament fishing line. Even better, hang some foil-wrapped seashells, which will add a bit of noise to further startle your fine-feathered thieves.
Build a seed incubator
Reuse shoe box for this simple homemade incubator
To give plants grown from seeds a healthy head start, line a shoe box with aluminum foil, shiny side up, allowing about two inches of foil to extend out over the sides. Poke several drainage holes in the bottom -- penetrating the foil -- then fill the box slightly more than halfway with potting soil, and plant the seeds. The foil inside the box will absorb heat to keep the seeds warm as they germinate, while the foil outside the box will reflect light onto the young sprouts. Place the box near a sunny window, keep the soil moist, and watch 'em grow!
Grow untangled cuttings
Thin foil slows water evaporation
Help plant cuttings grow strong and uncluttered by starting them in a container covered with a sheet of aluminum foil. Simply poke a few holes in the foil and insert the cuttings through the holes. There's even an added bonus: The foil slows water evaporation, so you'll need to add water less frequently.
Make an artist's palette
No more cleaning!
Tear off a length of heavy-duty aluminum foil, crimp up the edges, and you've got a ready-to-use palette for mixing paints. If you want to get a little fancier, cut a piece of cardboard into the shape of a palette, complete with thumb hole, and cover it with foil. Or if you already have a wooden palette, cover it with foil before each use and then just strip off the foil instead of cleaning the palette.
Sharpen your scrapbook craft punches
With an instructions
Paper punches are a common tool used by scrappers there are many different ways you can use a craft punch. Scrapbook craft punches come in many shapes and sizes. These little tools often become dull or may get stuck when you are trying to punch through certain papers. Here is how to sharpen your scrapbook craft punches in order to keep them in working condition so you can use them for all of your decorating needs.... Instructions
Great, easy projects using every day things
Arranged by type of material, this guide gives many craft ideas for using such household items as aluminum foil, plastic berry baskets, beans, buttons, catalogs and magazines, clothespins, cookie cutters, and milk cartons. Several projects are also suggested for less commonly found materials, such as beads, beeswax, jingle bells, and fabric paint. Clear, step-by-step instructions include detailed black-and-white illustrations. For teachers, day-care providers, or parents, this handy manual will help to create a wealth of useful, if not unique projects and activities.
Creating effects with scrap foil
So many things can be used
It is a cheap medium to work with, supplies being obtained freely from the wrappers of sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cigarettes, and other articles. If one prefers to use new foil, it may be obtained quite cheaply, and there is no waste at all.
Pictures of your own design, calendars, trays, advertising signs and firescreens are but a few of the articles that can be made in a wide range of patterns and colors. Materials required are few, and consist of a piece of glass, the size of the article being made, cardboard, Indian ink, photographic paste, and passe partout binding..... Read more
Make Christmas tree garland
Easy and fun for kids
Cut tin foil into strips about 4-5" long and 2-3" wide. Fold lengthwise, or just crinkle and twist. Make a loop and twist ends together. Link the next strip through and twist ends together. Continue linking until the garland is long enough to drape nicely on your tree. For added sparkle, attach lightweight decorations or colored paper to links.
Make Liberty Bell
Fun craft for preschoolers
The Liberty Bell is one of our country's patriotic symbols that stand the test of time. Preschoolers are eager learners so why not encourage them to learn about our wonderful country while making a fun, educational preschool craft! Gather up a few supplies, read the definition of 'liberty' and make this Liberty Bell educational craft... Instructions
The Magnetic Fish Bowl
Fun for kids with so little spent money
This unusual fishing game is simple to assemble and great fun to play. And you won't have to worry about pulling poor live fish out of the water.... Instructions
King for a Day Crown
Just right for Father's day
Celebrate Father's Day by making your dad feel like royalty! Your father can be a king for the day with this easy, fun project... Instructions
The Foil Family
Thin foil man with a heart
Unlike your average tin men, these foil characters have plenty of heart. All it takes is a pinch here and there to make them strike any pose your child likes... Instructions
Make a rainstick
With an instructions
Rainsticks are ceremonial musical instruments used to invoke the rain spirits. They are made by people who live in the deserts of northern Chile. In Chile, rainsticks are traditionally made from dead cactus tubes with hundreds of cactus spines hammered into the tube. Tiny lava pebbles cascade gently through the tube, sounding much like rain.... Instructions
Chocolate kiss trees
Cute craft project
Brighten dark corners with a holiday tree made from foil-wrapped chocolate kiss candies. Pretty to look at and simple to make, chocolate kiss trees are an easy, kid-friendly holiday craft. Toothpicks anchor shiny Hersheys-brand kisses to styrofoam cones, while bright-colored foil makes it easy to create stripes or patterns... Instructions
Magic wand craft
Fun project for kids
Make the Magic Wand Craft with your kids, and then watch them play as if they have magic powers. With a wave of the magic wand you can become a magician or even a fairy godmother.... Instructions
Rainbow fish craft
Simple enough for small children
This is SUCH a fun craft for young children to do. There's something about shiny little scales that just cheer my 2 year old daughter right up! Our rainbow fish has a permanent place of honor on the refrigerator... Instructions
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- Two versions of the same basic craft
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A.C. New ART DepARTment - Mr. Temple
This is truly a comprehensive source book . It begins with art-and-craft supplies made from natural objects and materials, and ends with recycling and composting. It's all here: bark, twigs, pebbles, weeds, prints, plants, and feeders. There is nothing totally new, but the broad scope and organization of projects in related groups with step-by-step, single-page directions make the book a first purchase. Drawings are clear and relate well to the text. Carlson indicates the level of difficulty of each activity with a symbol, and uses a clock to indicate when more than one hour is needed to finish (most require less than an hour). The style is breezy and chatty, and includes occasional tidbits of interest related to the project being described. With its large format and large type, this is a very easy book to use.
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