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Creating Sculptures with Aluminium Foil


When it comes to art and craft, we see an opportunity to create – no matter what the material, place or time. The other day, while I was in the kitchen and Pari was beside me poking her nose in every nook and cranny, I got an idea on a whim. I took out the box of aluminum foil that I normally use to pack ‘rotis’ for Avie’s office lunch. I thought we could make something out of them by twisting, scrunching and shaping.

Aluminium foil, due to its unique stiffness as well as softness and due to the textures when scrunched, can lend itself beautifully to the art of making sculptures. It gives you lot of flexibility. So, kids have another medium besides clay and play-dough to play with. The best part is – it’s not messy at all.

This activity kept busy all through the afternoon. And here are some cute sculptures she made – completely on her own. 

The challenge is not to use glue in this craft. But, Pari would not listen and ended up using the glue stick for couple of sculptures including the cow/dog (she said it could be both!).

Man and Dolphin

When making the man, I gave her some tips. First the face should be scrunched up into an oval. Over the face, another piece with a fold should cover like a sheet in a way that half is behind and the other half is in the front. The piece should reach up way down so as to tear it bottom up to make two legs and the top half as body. For arms, one long piece twisted and scrunched up can go around like a scarf just below the neck area.

The fun part with the man sculpture is that the arms and legs can be adjusted to depict different bodily motions – dancing, running, hands up in the air, hands side ways, hands folded into each other!

I can foresee limitless possibilities with aluminium foil/kitchen foil.

This is just the beginning!

I see another idea here – to have the child use these for storytelling. What do you think?

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • aparna March 25, 2011, 12:01 pm

    Seriously, how creative are you….???!!! This is so amazing! Will try it out. We did the leaf collage yesterday and it came out so pretty!! Thanks a ton for the idea :)

  • Rashmie Jaaju March 25, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Aparna, thank you for the compliment :) I think I am just plain curious!
    O, so you tried the leaf collage? Great! You now don’t have to buy expensive art for the walls in your new home :)

  • Roopa March 25, 2011, 6:53 pm

    thats pretty cool !! loved them.. cant wait to try it with putti:)

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 28, 2011, 4:27 am

      Thanks, Roopa. I am sure Putti will have fun :)

  • Manish Jaju March 27, 2011, 8:07 pm

    You girls are too darn creative! I loved this idea! That last picture somehow reminds me of our school history books with those pictures of harappan sculptures and cave paintings :-p Lol!

    • Rashmie Jaaju March 28, 2011, 4:29 am

      Thanks, mannu :) Yeah, your observation is bang on! These do resemble the pics of Harappan figurines from our school time history books…! :)) Pari has made history… LOL…!

  • sagarika sadhukhan July 9, 2012, 9:30 am

    Aluminum foil is a staple in most homes and we tend to think of it as an item that is used in the house. It is an inexpensive base material to use for art projects. Whether we decide to paint over it, sculpt with it or even make aluminum foil origami, there are plenty of aluminum foil projects to experiment with at home or in art class. My son is much into painting and crafting innovative things out of any waste and your ideas made him happy. He is twisting and turning his tiffin wraps into small objects and its a surprise everyday to open up his tiffin box…. His figurins are cute too.

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