How to Make Foil Scratch Art Paper

By Lisa Duncan ; Updated September 15, 2017

Things Needed

  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum foil
  • Glue
  • Sponge
  • Black tempra paint
  • Dish soap
  • Paintbrush

If you have never done scratch art, it is fun. A great craft to do with kids, scratch art paper is easy and cheap to make. A variation of scratch art is foil scratch art. Instead of colors underneath the top black layer, you use aluminum foil. Below are the instructions for making foil scratch art paper.

Cut a piece of cardboard to the size you want your scratch art. The cardboard you select can be anything from a recycled butter box or cereal box to a store-bought piece of cardboard.

Tear a piece of aluminum foil big enough to cover the cardboard you selected in Step 1. Some brands of aluminum foil offer a thick option. If you can find it, use that as it is stronger. Keep the aluminum foil from getting wrinkled as you want a nice flat piece of aluminum foil.

Use craft glue that will work on aluminum foil and paper and glue the piece of foil to the cardboard. Spread a thin layer over the cardboard.

Cut the aluminum foil. You can cut the aluminum foil to the exact size of the cardboard or allow the foil to overlap the edges.

Mix two cups of black tempera paint with three drops of dish soap. The soap helps the paint adhere to the aluminum foil.

Paint the black tempera paint and soap mixture onto the aluminum foil. Make sure that the paint is thick enough that the aluminum foil does not show through.

Allow the paint to dry. You now have foil scratch art paper.

About the Author

Lisa Duncan is a freelance writer based in Maryland who contributes articles related to computers, health, and fitness. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from University of Delaware and a Master of Arts degree in computer fraud investigations from George Washington University.