Tin Foil Paint Printing For Kids

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Tin foil printing is a fun and simple process that is perfect for toddlers to teens.

We love trying our hands at different printmaking methods. Tin foil printing is an old favorite of ours. It is a great process for kids of all ages and it is a wonderful introduction for those who have never tried printmaking before. Whether your child is still finger painting or a pro at wielding a paint brush, this printmaking technique is a ton of fun and couldn’t be easier. Here is how…

Tin Foil Printing - easy process art and print project for kids, toddlers and preschoolers

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What you will need:

Tin foil

Tempura or acrylic paint

White paper

Optional: Fork, spoon, cotton swabs…


Prepare your work area by laying down newspaper or some other protective covering because printmaking can sometimes get a little bit messy.

Tear a piece of tin foil and then paint a design or picture on it.  Use a brush. Use your fingers. Paint with a sponge or anything else you can think of.

You can also choose to use assorted tools such as a plastic fork or a spoon, a cotton swap or your fingers to etch designs into the paint. Make swirls, scrapes or draw into the paint. Just make sure that the paint does not dry before you make your print.

Firmly press a piece of paper onto your painting and smooth it out evenly with your hands. We just used plain white copier paper for our projects, but any paper should do.

Slowly peel back the paper and reveal your transferred design. Set your prints on a flat surface and let them dry.

Tin Foil Printing - easy process art and paint print project for kids, toddlers and preschoolers Tin Foil Printing - easy process art and paint print project for kids, toddlers and preschoolers

You can reuse the same piece of tin foil over and over again. We made several prints. Here are just a few.

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Tin Foil Printing - easy process art and paint print project for kids, toddlers and preschoolers

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