Shiny (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , March 9, 2008 5:52 pm



Here’s the theme for this Monday’s Unplugged Project:  shiny

We decided to do a shiny project. The only shiny material we could think of that we had at home, was aluminum foil. So here is the project we came up with: Shiny Raised Pictures.


First we folded sheets of heavy duty foil into fourths (shiny-side out) so that it would be thin enough to emboss, but not so thin as to tear easily. Heavy duty foil works best – my son first tried with ordinary foil and it tore.

Next we placed our foil rectangle on top of a piece of cardboard. We then drew a picture on one side using a ballpoint pen. The trick is to press firmly enough to get through all four layers without tearing. It’s really not hard to find just the right touch.


Then we flipped our pictures over so the raised side was up. We colored in the pictures with markers which created a very pretty translucent, almost stained glass effect. Some markers were easy to smear with a finger so as to fill in with color without creating dents in the foil.

Finally, I dug out my fancy scissors and we made colorful frames.


My 2 year-old was more interested in trying out her new big girl undies and running back and forth to the potty, but eventually she “drew” some pictures on paper with the markers, and then had fun playing with the leftover foil bits.


The final products:

A pirate ship on the ocean (5 year-old son):



Flowers – she made it into an envelope by adding another foil art-piece to the back and stapling together (7 year-old daughter):



Free-form design (me):


If you participated in this week’s project, please leave your name and link in Mr. Linky (and a comment too, so we can find you if Mr. Linky malfunctions and I have to take him off).

I had fun this week. I felt like a Very Crafty Mom, although I am not!


The theme for next Monday’s Unplugged Project is:


Remember, the theme is very loose. Use your imaginations. If you want to make a collage of the letters “W-O-O-D” then great, that “counts!”

Also, anyone can join in. If you don’t have a blog to link to, then either email me your photos and I will post them here, or just upload them to a free photo hosting service and link to that album. Have fun!


15 Responses to “Shiny (Weekly Unplugged Project)”

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  2. Piseco says:

    Great minds think alike! Our shiny fun involved aluminum foil too.

  3. Claire says:

    I’m not suprised you felt like a Very Crafty Mom. Those pictures are fabulous! Your photos make it look easy to do but the results are very impressive.

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  5. Ugh 2 of the kids have stomach viruses so we took it easy and made shiny jewelery for their stuffed animals. It was quick and fun.

  6. Tamara says:

    Foil seemed to be the medium of choice this week – we used foil as well. Your pictures are beautiful!

  7. We did aluminum foil, too! However, I continue to get an error message from Google when trying to upload my pics! Ugh! I’ll let you know when I’ve posted… :)

  8. Heather says:

    I am getting the Same error message from Google so i have not uploaded yet. I will let you know when it is posted. I love your projects, they are so beautiful.

  9. Everyone loves aluminum foil, I guess! I like your embossing technique.

  10. I FINALLY got my post up. Don’t know what the deal was… anyway… Shiny was fun at our house. Lots of laughs…

  11. Jenny says:

    That looks like so much fun! CJ likes to crumple/ball up/ rip aluminum foil too. I’d planned to do a book post because they make her shine, but she woke up with a fever this morning (her first ever, if you can believe it) and it threw me for a loop.

  12. warillever says:

    We also used foil, and I am also unable to upload photos to blogger.

    Can’t wait to see what everyone did!

  13. MatchMomma says:

    We took part in your project this week. Tons of fun… we are already brainstorming on next weeks project. THANKS! for the crafty kick in the pants. :0)

  14. Heather says:

    I finally got them up this morning.

  15. warillever says:

    I finally posted my pictures. I love looking at all of this foil!

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