Foiling Art




This is an awesome art to have in your skill set .. cover cracked vases... cover interesting wine bottles. . revamp a tray, mirror, frame ... Anything!!

Step 1: What You Need :

1. Your item to foil : in this instructable I am using some wine bottles;
2. Glue gun and glue sticks .. (for your patterns)
3. Heavy duty aluminum foil (which I bought at the local supermarket)
4. Some cold glue .. I dilute it with a little water so it isn't so sticky;
5. Black Acrylic paint;
6. A scouring pad or piece of sandpaper
7. Paint brush for glue;
8. Paint brush for black paint
9. old dish with water
10. Wire or beads or other decorative items (optional)

Step 2: Prepare Your Item to Be Foiled

- make sure your bottle is clean enough so that the hot glue sticks
- Put your design on your bottle with the hot glue

TIP: incricate details don't show well. . do big bold patterns

Do two or three at a time .. :-)

Step 3: Foil

- tear off a piece of foil that will cover your bottle properly
- dont have too much of an overlap.. foil on foil doesn't stick very well. .
- Be careful not to let your hot glue pattern stick to the foil - it tears !!

Step 4: Preparing Your Foil

- first crumple your foil . .. enough to give it texture
- then smooth it out.. will have crinkle pattern
- Paint your foil with your watered-down cold glue. .. just a thin layer. . not too much.. it will leak out

I usually glue the dull side so that the shiny side is on the outside - but it really doesn't matter either way ..

Step 5: Adhering Foil to Bottle

- wrap your foil around your item.
- Do this in steps
- make sure there is enough 'give' for the curves of your pattern

Step 6: Trimming and Smoothing

- Trim the excess
- Make sure the foil is in all the nooks and crannies of your pattern
- use your hands and smooth as much of it as you can down

Your hands may be very sticky by now
rinse your fingers un your tub of water. . makes it smoother and the glue wont sick to your foil

keep your trimmed excess pieces handy

Step 7: Smoothing Over

- I use a plastic spoon (anything blunt) to rub all over my foil. . you want the foil to adhere to your bottle now and your pattern to stand out
- Don't worry about tears and holes
- use your trimmed off pieces of foil and glue little pieces to fix your tears
smooth the fixes over

For some reason the cold glue doesn't stick foil to foil. . so I then use an ordinary paper glue to fix up

Step 8: Painting

Now ... paint your entire project with black paint!
- don't overdo it
- A light coat will do just fine - you can always add more if you want to

TIP: paint a spare trimmed off piece of foil for fix ups after the final step

Dont forget to do your bottom bits

Step 9: The Reveal

- Give your paint a chance to dry (don't leave it too long - makes to more difficult to take off)
- Take your scourer or sandpaper and rub over your entire project
- Don't scour too hard - you scour the foil off the raised pattern
- If you find you are too heavy-handed then WET your scourer lightly .. it will smear off rather than scour
- Continue until you are happy with your pattern

Step 10: Fixing Mistakes

- if you have torn or made holes in your foil - - - don't worry!

Remember your "spare" piece ?
this is when you tear your spare piece to fit your 'fix ups'

Step 11: Finishing

add your own personal touch. . ribbon, charms, wire

Step 12: And... It Is Done!

ready to display or give away as a gift ...



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    16 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Hi. Do you know if modge podge would work?

    And the bottles look so cool!!

    2 replies
    Dmdebbiedee Cliffsidegirl

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi... any glue that will adhere the foil to the bottle will work. . i have even used paper glue that my son uses at school !!


    3 years ago

    Fairly simple but very effective at creating dimension. Very creative.

    1 reply

    3 years ago

    Fairly simple but very effective at creating dimension. Very creative.


    3 years ago

    this is great, I can't wait to find something to try it on. do you know if there's anything wrong with using paper glue instead of cold glue?

    3 replies
    Dmdebbiedee dollywild

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi. Cold Glue .. in South Africa.. but you can use craft glue or paper glue or wood glue - any kind of liquid glue. I usually pour some out into a container so that I can get my paint brush into the mix and brush it on my foil. You want the glue to be thin and not leave and lumps.

    Dmdebbiedee jonesaw

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi... mmm.. i must confess I haven't tried it with paper glue ... it was just easier to brush on the cold glue. please let me know how it works with paper glue.
    Your home is FULL of things to foil. Try an old photo frame.. a gift box... your coffee/tea containers ...
    My husband is scared I will foil the cat if she sits too long :-)


    3 years ago

    Those Robertson's bottles have such a nice shape for crafty stuff, I have been meaning to make a lamp from one for ages. I take it by your wine choice that I can welcome another South African to Instructables!

    2 replies
    Dmdebbiedee ossum

    Reply 3 years ago

    Yes indeed.. Robertsons is my wine of choice. .. and of course, I get the awesome bottles as a bonus !


    3 years ago

    that's really cool. do you know if there is anything wrong with using paper glue instead of cold glue?