I can’t think when I first came across foil art; I have very clear memories of doing at a summer camp I worked at in America, but I always thought I had done it before that.  Anyway, this is probably one of those crafts that you did as a child/teenager, and have completely forgotten about.  It is very easy to set up and simple to do, although I do think that older children will have more fun doing it.

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You will need:

  • Tin foil
  • Pens – sharpies work really well for this
  • Pencil

Idea 1

Once you have torn off your foil, you will need to flatten it as much as you can by using the back of your nail.

foil art

Flattening out the creases 

On one side draw your picture or pattern.  Don’t use a pencil that is too sharp, as it will go through the foil.  What you are trying to achieve is to make a raised line on the other side of the foil.

foil art

Drawing the pattern on one side of the foil

Turn your foil over; your picture/pattern should show be a raised outline.  Colour your picture in, but make sure you don’t go over the raised lines, or it will flatten them down.  Make sure to do it in a well ventilated room, as the fumes from the sharpies can be quite strong.

Idea 2

Completely colour in one side of your foil, using as many colours as you can. 

Gentle crumple the foil up, then unfold it.  It should leave you will a really nice effect.

These make great card decorations as well as pretty piece of art.  EC, YC and I all had a fun afternoon exploring different ways to decorate our pieces of foil.

This is also a great activity to put into a busy bag, especially if you have older children who like to colour.  It provides a different medium on which to work, rather than a plan old colouring book.

This craft may help development of:

  • Creativity
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Trying to colour within the lines

Pin for later:

Foil art for children