Kwanzaa Foil Ornament
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 5 and up
This fun Kwanzaa foil ornament project can be done with paint or markers, making it great for several different age groups.
What you'll need:
- 12" square piece of heavy duty aluminum foil
- Dull pencil
- Acrylic craft paint: green, yellow and brown
- Hole punch
- Paper towel
- Glue stick
How to make it:
- Cover the dull side of the aluminum foil with glue stick and fold in half to stick it together. Smooth with your hand (see image).
- Print the pattern, trim around the edges and carefully tape it to your foil.
- Use a dull pencil (a sharp pencil will rip through the foil) to trace around the pattern. Older kids can add more lines within the corn husk if they want more texture (see image).
- Turn foil over to show the raised foil (see image). Paint the sections of the corn with the paint. One coat is enough, and let dry. When dry, turn over, carefully remove the pattern and paint that side as well. Let dry (see image).
- When dry, use scissors to cut the excess foil off.
- Use a piece of paper towel, scrunched up in your hand, to gently rub sideways across the paint to expose some of the silver in the foil. Going sideways will go against the grain of your paint lines and will "buff up" the raised foil. Turn over and be a little gentler on the other side as the lines are indented rather than raised. You just want to add some texture (see image).
Punch a hole in the top of the ornament and tie a piece of yarn through it for a hanger.
- Markers can be used in place of paint; these are much easier for smaller children.
- The paper towel step can be eliminated if you wish.
- Instead of aluminum foil, you can use disposable aluminum baking pans. Just be careful when cutting as the edges can be a little sharp.