Aluminum Foil Sculpture!

Published: July 16, 2012

I was watching the great and mighty television when what should appear but an ad for Reynolds’ Wrap. It was chock full of aluminum foil sculptures, and it reminded me of how we occasionally break into making cool things with foil.

foil creatures

foil guys


This is a GREAT way to keep your kids busy when you are making a delicious amazing dinner, (or slurping a glass of wine while you dial for pizza).

Fen made a foil-bead bracelet straight from the pages of Kid Made Modern,


I attempted to create a foil bird, but it ended up looking like a lumpy dinosaur. (No photo included.)


E cast his foot.


foil mask




foil spider


Foil is a diverse art medium. It’s not only sculptural, it’s great for drawing on, printing with, using as a painting surface…


…or just balling up and whipping at your brother.


Quick survey: Do you call it tin foil or aluminum foil?



15 thoughts on “Aluminum Foil Sculpture!”

  1. LOVE these sculptures. So much fun!

    My default is tin foil. I’ll call it aluminum foil if I’m really paying attention to what I’m saying.

  2. Trying to remember where I saw painting on foil recently… Very cool, I wonder if you use acrylic.

    I don’t ever remember telling my kids about “tin foil” as a sculpture medium, I think they figured it out on their own. They have made some pretty awesome blobs!

    Cool commercial and love the bracelet!

  3. I am so glad I discovered your site today… Subscribed to your RSS feed so I won’t miss anything. Brings me back to my youthful art days… And it’s always been aluminum foil, unless talking about making anti-alien hats.

    • Thank you! Foil is fun to make stuff with instead of using it for food. Unless you’re baking cookies, then it’s fun again. And I just said aluminium out loud in a very high pitched British accent. 🙂

      • People say that when I returned from England for the last time… the moment I stepped off the plane, I lost the any vestige of the accent I had acquired in the 10 years I was living there. I still use words and phrases that confuse people. However, I hasten to say that I NEVER had that high-pitched voice, thank goodness.

        You know I have to say I love you for this!


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