I wanted to make a fun kids craft for the patriotic holidays coming up here in the U.S. These shiny painted stars fit the bill for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Fourth of July.
The method we used here is similar to the one we used to make our shiny rocket craft. We glue together foil and paper, which stabilizes the foil. It also means you can print a shape outline on the paper for cutting out.
As soon as my girls saw what I was up to, they were excited to join in the fun.
|It’s a miracle she didn’t get paint in her hair!|
I intended this craft to be for toddlers and preschoolers, but my 6-year-old twins really got into this too. Isabella enjoyed the excuse to finger paint again. She and I thought the paint on foil had a pleasing, smooth feel to it. Sophie preferred a paintbrush.
|If you read the instructions, you’ll see that we did this one a little differently… she got a little ahead of me.|
Shiny 3-D Star Materials
- Printout of star shapes
- Spray glue (like this – affiliate)
- Aluminum foil
- Washable paint
- Paintbrushes (if you’re not finger painting)
Foil Star Preparation
- Protect your work area, and lay out a sheet of foil within reach, but out of range of the gluing area.
- Spray glue on to the back of the paper printout.
- Immediately lay the paper down on the foil, smoothing it out to adhere evenly.
- Take a ball point pen or the back of a paintbrush and draw over the outside of the star shapes (not the inside lines) – this will indent the foil out a bit so you can see the shapes on the other side.