30 Aluminum Foil Crafts & Art Activities – everyday frugal fun!

We can all easily get so caught up with Pinterest and all the beautiful crafts on there that we forget about the myriad of possibilities when using simple everyday materials such as aluminum foil, toothpicks, wine corks, cardboard boxes and anything else from the kitchen, recycling bin and even daddy’s toolbox!.

I made a cardboard toy camera recently using the lid of a laundry detergent bottle as the lens and it turned out so cool – crafts and activities made with everyday household materials are the best fun.

Read on down and click through to be inspired by these 30 ‘best of’ ideas for aluminum foil crafts and art activities.

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Aluminum Foil Crafts Challenge

Aluminum Foil Robots

Turn cardboard boxes into shiny cool robots with everyday materials from around the house. These silly faced robots make me smile! see the recycling magic on MollyMooCrafts (above image)

Aluminum Foil & Tissue Paper Bracelets
Such a striking color popping girlie craft made with just toilet paper rolls, aluminum foil and tissue paper. You just have to see how easy they are to make right here on KAB (above image)

I love lessons where there are endless ways to create and make – roll the foil into balls, squish it or leave it smooth and layer it. The options to sculpt with foil are limitless with classic-play

Make a jetpack!!! prepare to take off with this awesome recycled craft using tin foil, right here on KAB

Tin foil is also a grey material for quickly wiping up some cool props for story time – click through to see fun and cute alien spaceships by KidsStuffWorld for Buzzmills. I adore this craft activity.

And how about making a Viking Shield from cardboard and aluminum foil? See how on KidsActivitiesBlog

Sculpt the foil to create shiny foil-bead bracelets!! (below, lower left) how cool via tinyrottenpeanuts

Here's a craft project for older children – gorgeous foil pendants, so simple your kids will be making a pile of them for all their friends xx see how to make on makeandtakes

Aluminum Foil Crown

Aluminum Foil Crowns (above image) cardboard wrapped in foil and decorated with permanent markers. The perfect rainy day or sick day craft to keep everyone amused via ikatbag

Make some Foil Tree Sculptures! this lesson in simple sculpting with leave your kids wanting to make more and more and more. See the joy of sculpting on Classic-Play (above image)

How cool are these embossed foil ornaments, (below, top left) perfect for holidays or anytime of year. Make in less than 5 minutes with BabbleDabbleDo

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Any little robot fans in your house will ADORE these robot guys and girls. They will need them! They will want them! They will need to start making them now! (above centre) See the joy on KidStuffWorld

Encourage your kids to twist it, mold it and shape it into anything they want (above, top right).  You may be  surprised  at how sculpt-able it is! see what one group of kids joyfully created on housingaforest

Make pretty rain sticks with Happy Hooligans (above, lower left) – it’s all in the decorating xx

Use foil to create reflective windows on cardboard rockets and watch the kids zoom around the room in a matter of minutes. See how to make on mykidcraft

Cereal Box Robots – dive into the recycling stash to come up with all the materials you need to make quirky cereal box robots with the kids, right here on KAB.

Let’s all make Not-So-Noisy Noise Makers from kitchen paper tubes and foil. Time to shake shake shake with Classic-Play

Guess the object covered in tin foil!!! what a super simple and fun idea for little ones. The simple ideas are always the best. See the fun for yourself on laughingkidslearn

Plastic storage box + aluminum foil = DIY Light Table!! how clever via danyabanya

Use foil to create a Frozen inspired landscape for imaginative play via b-inspiredmama

I just adore this children’s sculpture activity – exploring gestures through foil figures and drawing their shadows. How cool!! see the inspiration on doodles-and-noodles

Tin Foil Art  

aluminium foil art

I spotted the above right cool zentangle art activity for kids by LetsLassoTheMoon last year and it got me to look at aluminum foil in a fresh new way. Such a unique and creative no-cost way to keep the kids entertained.

Foil collage is the perfect quick and easy art activity for kids, and their tired parents! (above, center lower) See the colorful fun on picklebums

Foil presents children with an super fun material to paint on – check out this gorgeous foil fish craft created for an ocean themed activity for pre-schoolers on NurtureStore (above, lower left)

This stained glass art activity using aluminum foil and cellophane activity is so so pretty (above, lower right). This has catapulted straight to the top of my to do list at home. Thanks for the inspiration pinkstripeysocks

And the crafting fun continues with artsycraftsymom with some really fun and colorful mixed up foil chameleons (above, top left)

More beautiful tin foil art results on pagingfunmums

Painting on Foil – shiny and shimmery aluminum foil is great fun to paint on instead of paper – kids can see a very hazy reflection of themselves as they paint!!! see the fun on picklebums

And check out this gorgeous Mexican metal art project right here on kidsactivitiesblog

And finally! even more examples of how aluminum foil is such a great material to use in artwork. Check out this simple and engaging technique on kidworldcitizen


To find more  crafts with things you’ve got laying around your house check out our book: 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever!

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