We’ve been teaching kids Art for years so we are always on the hunt for something new to do or new mediums and materials to use.
We’ll take a walk through non conventional places for art and creativity ideas. The home improvement section is where we found inspiration for this idea for art project for kids using aluminum tape!
Aluminum Tape Art Project
The aluminum tape is heating and cooling duct work tape. It’s a thin layer of aluminum and is super sticky. The strong adhesive is not forgiving in its stickiness!
After a couple of months lessons taken from studying the Elements of Art, we have worked through lines, shapes and forms in all their various methods to create them.
This aluminum tape art project allowed us to combine most of the methods in one project. We have worked in prior lessons with yarn in our Yarn Painting project, so the kids were familiar with cutting the yarn and glueing it to card stock or a canvas panel.
Aluminum Tape Art Step 1 Design
Begin with drawing your design onto a piece of white card stock or canvas panel. You will want to keep the design simple like a coloring book drawing because you will be using yarn to be your actual drawing.
Trees work wonderfully for this design. Winter trees or Christmas trees are simple to create.
Aluminum Tape Art Step 2 Glue
Apply glue along your pencil lines creating the outline.
Then carefully place your yarn pieces on the glue lines.
Aluminum Tape Step 3 Defeat the Sticky!
Cut aluminum tape strips a little longer than the length of your card stock. Fair warning…. the aluminum tape is stickier than any tape you’ve probably ever used. The adhesive sticks to just about everything, especially itself.
The aluminum tape also bends and wrinkles easily. It is a very thin piece of aluminum and it remembers that it’s metal. Most of the wrinkles can be smoothed out with your fingers.
Peel back about an inch of the tape from the protective backing and line the tape up on your card stock.
The tape that is overhanging your paper will be folded to the back. This adds some structure if you’re using paper.
Aluminum Tape is Not for the Perfectionist!
Take another strip of the aluminum tape and layer it just over the other strip. This will help with any gaps. If you have a gap, no problem it’s an easy fix. Just cut another strip or cut a piece the size you need to fill your gap.
Layering the tape is a fun effect!
If you are a perfectionist or have a perfectionist child, this can be a frustrating project. But problem solving and creative solutions are great skills to develop creative thinkers.
Finishing the Aluminum Tape Art
When the entire card stock is covered, begin pushing down the aluminum tape around the yarn. We like to use both of our thumbs and move along the yarn’s line. Do this to the entire project!
Once you have all your yarn pressed with tape, it will look like a metal reveal or impression.
You can stop at this point and call it your art piece… or You can embellish the piece with more detail. If you are using card stock, flip to the backside and draw texture details with a ballpoint pen. This will create an indention that will be revealed on the metal side.
On the aluminum tape, you can add touches of alcohol pens or inks for color or shadows.
Aluminum Tape Cross and Sunrise
We had so much fun creating this aluminum tape project that we had to keep taping! This time we designed a cross and sunrise landscape just in time for Easter!
You can do this too.
We made a template for you in our Freebie Library to print, and make.
The process is simple.
Print the template onto card stock.
Trace the lines with glue.
Glue the yarn to your lines.
Allow to dry.
Then place a strip of the aluminum tape across your page. Make sure to allow a little bit of overlap on the sides to fold under.
Next place a second strip of the aluminum tape overlapping the previous row to keep from gapping.
Continue until your project is covered.
Gently smooth out your background by pressing the tape to the paper.
Rub your finger on the sides of the glued yarn lines so that they are raised from the background.