Creation Station

Foil Paintings

A little glue, a little foil and voila! Art!

Not every art project you do with your kids requires a trip to the craft store. Opportunities abound for you be creative with everyday household objects. Foil Paintings are just such a project: You need aluminum foil and the cardboard from a cereal box, which you probably have in your kitchen already.

Foil paintings aren’t really paintings, but they look like it when finished. They are easy to make, and the finished work looks great.


Materials Needed

  • Cereal box or other cardboard
  • Glue (can use white liquid glue such as Elmer’s, tacky glue or a hot glue gun)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Colored markers
  • Aluminum foil


  1. If using a cereal box, pull open the flaps at the box’s bottom and cut those and the box’s sides off, leaving two flat, rectangular pieces of cardboard.
  2. If using other types of cardboard, cut an 8-inch by 10-inch piece for your painting.
  3. On the non-printed side of the cardboard, draw a simple design using a pencil.
  4. Trace the design with glue.
  5. Let the glue dry (it should be raised).
  6. Place a sheet of foil over the design and gently press until the glue creates a raised outline.
  7. Wrap the excess foil around the edges of the cardboard.
  8. Color the design with markers.

Make sure to check out our extra tips at right



  • It’s essential that the glue is dry or the foil will smoosh it, ruining your design. Hot glue dries the fastest, so if you use Elmer’s or tacky glue, be sure to allow plenty of time for the glue to dry.
  • Dark-colored markers typically show up best on the foil.
  • The higher the quality of aluminum foil, the better. Cheap foil can rip even during coloring.
  • You can help your children to avoid tearing the foil while coloring by encouraging them to not press too hard on the foil.



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