Learning Objectives: 

  • Multiculturalism
  • Appreciation for visual arts and culture
  • Dexterity
  • Designing
  • Creating patterns and texture
  • Planning and presenting


  • Scrap paper for sketching
  • Pencil
  • Heavy-Duty Aluminum Foil 
  • Cardboard
  • Markers, any color (optional)
  • String


  • Scissors
  • Hole punch 
  • Square toothpicks
  • Dull pencils
  • Craft/popsicle sticks
  • A magazine for work surface


  1. Draw/Create on sketch paper, a simple outline of a shape, such as a bird, circle, diamond shape, oval, or skull (any simple shape!) that measures about 4” x 4”
  2. Cut the same out of a scrap piece of cardboard.
  3. Take a look at some traditional Mexican design motifs for inspiration
  4. Use your outlined shape, and fill it in with some interesting patterns that inspired you, or that you came up with on your own from observing examples!
  5. Next, take a piece of tin foil that is about a 6x6” square. Cut out the same shape, but keep about an inch extra around to create a border that will wrap around the cardboard later.
  6. Then, lay your drawing on top of the tin foil, attach a small piece of tape to the top and bottom, to keep the drawing in place
  7. Put the tin and drawing on top of a magazine, as your work surface
  8. Begin to trace all the lines you drew with a dull pencil, but not pressing too hard as to break through the drawing and foil.
  9. Once you have traced everything, take the drawing off, you will see your outline and details on the foil!
  10. Now you can flip the tin over on top of the magazine, and use any dull tool (toothpick, popsicle stick or pencil) to fill in by pressing in between the line you drew.
  11. Flip it back over to retrace any lines you see.  This push and pull method is called "Repousse," and creates a dimensional surface, and slightly stretches the foil.
  12. Finish it off my using marker on some or all of it.
  13. Wrap it around your cardboard shape, punch a hole near the top, and add a string!

Example projects using tin