Aluminum Foil Collage

Painting on tinfoil is a little bit novel so hopefully this project will engage some of our more reluctant arts and crafts friends. It’s also a lovely sensory experience so be sure to let the toddlers join in.
The tinfoil will rip and tear if it is rubbed aggressively with anything sharp or hard so be sure to use a big fat brush or a sponge for the glue. Personally a glue sponge is my favorite way to apply glue or using watered down white glue with a brush also works. Feel free to add a drop of paint to your glue for a bit of extra fun.

tinfoil canvas glue tissue paper paintbrush

You will need:

  • Cardboard wrapped with aluminum foil
  • Scissors
  • Tissue paper
  • Small cup or tray of glue (or glue sponge)
  • Paintbrush (if using a cup of glue)
  • Sequins or glitter

Optional things to add more depth to your collage

  • Hole punch (to hole punch card stock)
  • Card stock
  • Felt
  • Fabric

Set up the materials in an inviting and attractive way. If your child is new to art maybe add the first few pieces of tissue paper in front of them and then offer them the opportunity to continue.

Let them freely explore and create a beautiful shiny masterpiece!

Extend it!

  1. Have your child wrap and tape their own tinfoil canvas.
  2. Let your child cut their own paper pieces.
  3. Encourage them to add layers and overlap the pieces or even smush up the pieces and make it 3D!

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