How to make 3D Art with Aluminum Pans!

Create an Enchanted Fish using an embossing method on aluminum.  So what do you think I made this out of?  Well, how about disposable cookie sheets?

Yep, I seem to be on one of those streaks again.  Seems like I have a ton of ideas in my head right now for disposable cookie sheets, including this 3D fish that seems to swim right off the picture.

For this project I used:

2 ea. disposable cookie sheets (You can find them at your local party supply store)
Enchanted Fish Pattern*
Knitting needle
Assorted metallic acrylic paints
E6000 Glue
Black Spray Primer

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Begin by cutting the raised edges off the cookie sheet so that you have one large flat piece.  Use the knitting needle to score 1/4 inch around all four sides.  Clip the corners, and fold the metal back along the score line (this will create a smooth even edge for your picture).

Enlarge your pattern to the size that you want it.  Place a towel on your table and lay the sheet of aluminum over it.  Cover with your pattern and use the knitting needle to lightly score the pattern into the metal.

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Use the knitting needle and the blunt end of your paintbrush to rub the pattern into the metal.

The towel underneath gives you some play, but be careful not to push too hard.

There is no right or wrong way to do this.  Just emboss the design in the way that you would like.  I have decided to make certain sections of the fish 3D, including the fins of the fish and a couple pieces of seaweed.  For that reason, I did not emboss the fins of the fish.

Use the pattern to trace out the fin sections.  Cut them out and then score them how you would like them.

I also bent them a bit to make them stand out from the background.

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Spray everything down with black spray primer.  I sprayed both sides of the fins.  I also sprayed both sides of a separate pan to use for cutting out the seaweed strips.

Use the E6000 glue to glue the fins in place.  I used some supports to keep the fins raised until the glue dried.  At this point, I also cut several 1 inch strips from the other cookie sheet, trimming them to a point at the top.  I wrapped these strips around a pencil to create long curly strips, and glued them in place on the sides of the picture.

Using the copper and gold metallic paints, I brushed color along the raised edges of the picture, leaving the indented areas black.

I used blue, greens and a mix of purple metallic paints for the water, and green in the seaweed, being sure to leave plenty of black showing.

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I finished by using silver paint to paint in the eye and the bubbles.  To display this picture, I decided to paint a canvas black as the background.  I chose a canvas that was about 2″ larger all around than the fish picture, painted it, then glued the metal picture down on it.

And there you have it!  One Enchanted Fish!!

Enchanted Fish Faux Embossed Tin #recycle #pattern

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For a great video on this embossing technique, look here! 

Like this idea? Here are more projects with free patterns!

Faux Tin Tiles made with Aluminum Pans (Free patterns)
Faux Punched Tin made with Aluminum Pans (Free Pattern)
Embossed Metal Carousel Horse (Free Pattern)

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  • Lisa July 26, 2017, 8:32 pm

    This is the coolest craft. I’ve never seen anything like it or imagined that you could make art out of a disposable cookie sheet. Thanks so much for sharing it on our Share Your Style Party. It is truly stylish!

  • Robin Heath May 5, 2017, 10:14 am

    Hi! All of your stuff is wonderful! I especially love this fish tin idea! I signed up and am looking forward to receiving the fish pattern. I have a question….I was on another project of yours, the rooster tin, and a lady asked if you had a horse pattern. You said yes. Is there any way you could email me that pattern as well? I really want to do that one on a tin like this and use it as my oven backsplash. I have been looking for something creative and this is the perfect idea for me. I love anything crafty and artistic and am looking forward to giving this a try! Heading out to buy the pans, paints, glue and a knitting needle now! Thank you for your brilliant ideas! Much respect, Robin Heath

  • Pat Sword March 15, 2017, 1:22 pm

    Hi Suzy,

    I sent the following email to your main website page on Jan.31. Perhaps you did not receive it because the photographs were too high a resolution. ? If so, how can I send the photos mentioned below to this web page?

    I had never worked with aluminum until I saw your fabulous Enchanted Fish pattern. He was so beautiful I just had to try it. See enclosed pics. Now, I’m hooked! I used some photographs of my pet fish to trace their likenesses on rolled out soda cans. I tacked these onto three 12”x12” sheets of cork board and then placed the boards in shadow box frames. Along with pics of the fish montages, I’m also enclosing a couple of comparison pics of the original photograph and corresponding embossing.

    As a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, I had to try my hand at his likeness… I have a soft spot for crows too and hope to complete a large embossing on aluminum featuring these delightful birds interacting with each other.

    Love your website and enjoy reading about your travel adventures. It is wonderful to spend time with such a creative free spirit! Thanks so much for sharing your talents with your readers so that they too may unleash their creativity with your ideas!

    Pat Sword in Newfoundland

  • Debra March 10, 2017, 12:47 pm

    I used your mermaid pattern and made a jewelry box for my niece! It turned out AMAZING!

    • Susan Myers March 10, 2017, 1:00 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the pattern!


  • Nancy landers January 22, 2017, 1:23 pm

    Can you please send the fish pattern? Thank you. I absolutely am jealous of your talent!!!

  • Yoli September 6, 2016, 8:00 am

    You really have some darling ideas going on in that head of yours!! I already subscribe and enjoy looking at the projects. I’ve yet to make something because I have an embroidery machine, I tend to make that a priority! But I will get around to making this Enchanted Fish someday. Thanks for sharing.

    • Susan Myers September 18, 2016, 1:41 pm

      Hi Yoli!
      Thank you so much for your kind words! A bunch of my patterns can actually be translated to be used in an embroidery machine. If you ever experiment with that, I’d love to see what you come up with!


  • Anonymous April 1, 2016, 4:55 am

    BEAUTIFUL! What a great idea! Can you please send the pattern to my e-mail? I would love to use it for my classroom! Beautiful Art!!!

  • Susan Myers January 26, 2016, 11:21 pm

    Will send them to your email. Thank you so much!

  • AimlessWriter October 3, 2015, 8:12 am

    Great idea. I’d love to link your site to my blog?

  • Ann Fical September 29, 2015, 10:17 pm

    All I can say is WOW! what talent and ideas! I am in my early seventies, and without much cash to spend, but these ideas are inexpensive, and just the cat’s meow!

    could you please send me the Enchanted Fish and Sleeping mermaid, to try the cookie sheet projects? thank you, I am on a mission now! lol Hate to ask for to much , but could you have a pattern for a rooster? My best friend collects them, and what a great gift that would make?

    I will keep checky on you. can’t wait for email and new things. Bless your pea pickin heart! Ann Fical

  • Jennifer June 18, 2015, 2:21 pm

    What brand of paint did you use on the enchanted fish? My paint is cover to much is the intentions.

  • Anonymous May 22, 2015, 10:56 am

    Thanks so much. I am really interested in learning how to do the stained glass peacock. Is there a pattern? Thanks again, Barbara

  • Barbara Bryson November 15, 2014, 5:15 pm

    Hi Suzy,
    I just wanted to tell you that I love your projects. I plan to do something on an aluminum pan soon. Right now I’m in a much too small apartment. My mother is ill and lives with us and we had to give her my craft room (boo hoo) so I have nowhere to do any projects except crochet.

    I wanted to ask you about the gourds. Do you dry them out yourself or do you buy them somewhere? I bought 2 gooseneck gourds about 6 weeks ago and one of them seems to be drying out by itself, but the other one is as green as it was when I bought it. Do I just need to let nature take its course or can I buy them already dried somewhere (I live in N.C. near Charlotte) what type of store would have them? BTW I grew up in Tucker, GA and went to Tucker High School until my senior year when my parents dragged me kicking and screaming to Charlotte because my daddy received an offer he couldn’t refuse from a bank. If you had looked up pissed off in the dictionary my picture would have been there! Anyway, I just wanted you to know that I enjoy your creativity so much and plan to do some toilet paper art when I get moved into a house.

    Best wishes,

    Barbara Bryson
    Cornelius, NC

  • Courtney November 14, 2014, 12:00 am

    Hi Suzy, what type of glue did you use to glue the tin to the canvas? I’m just finihing the winter fairy and cannot seem to get it to stick to the canvas.

    • Susan Myers November 14, 2014, 4:50 pm

      Hi Courtney!

      Ooooh! I’d love to see what you made!

      I used E6000 glue to glue the tin to the canvas. It works great. You need to allow it to dry for about an hour. It’s cheap too!


  • Phyllis Miller September 11, 2014, 8:50 pm

    Love your ideas, 67 and still wanting to learn, thank you for sharing!!!

  • Abigael April 3, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Suzy I love your project specially Mirrors made with plastic spoons it is awesome.
    Thanks a lot.

  • Debra Gibson April 20, 2013, 10:29 am

    We did it!!!! My boys (12 and 18) made them and they turned out AWESOME! Thank you for a great art project.

    • Susan Myers April 21, 2013, 12:09 am

      That’s awesome, Debra! Please send photos! I would love to feature them!

  • Montai Adams March 14, 2013, 12:46 am

    Please sign me up for your e-mail. Thanks

  • teresa keller March 12, 2013, 9:59 pm

    please sign me up for monthly newsletter and send me the free fish pattern thanks terri

  • Nancy March 3, 2013, 9:36 pm

    Thank you for a great craft on disposable cookie sheet.

  • Charlet February 26, 2013, 1:50 am

    I love the way you think…lol And your right crafty people are different then mere mortals….:) Thanks for all your inspiration…..

  • Ed February 22, 2013, 7:11 am

    Love it!

    Trying to think of an economical way todo this project with youth group. Do u think heavy duty foil work?

    • Susan Myers February 22, 2013, 8:20 am

      Hi Ed,

      Heavy foil will not hold the shape. The disposable aluminum pans are about 80 cents for three at Party City or any catering supply store. I use the ones that are meant for lids on serving trays. They are very cheap.
      Hope that helps.

  • Noreen February 20, 2013, 8:55 am

    That is so imaginative! I love it!!

  • Jenny February 3, 2013, 9:38 pm

    Hi Suzy … love your sight and all of your inspiring works of art. I got the email with the link …. however could not get the fish pattern. thanks in advance for your help. :0)

    • Susan Myers February 3, 2013, 10:25 pm

      Hi Jenny, It should be in your welcome email. But I’ve forwarded it onto you in email just in case.

  • Judy February 3, 2013, 1:06 am

    I also signed up for your news letter and clicked to activate and can not get the fish pattern. Please send to my email. Love your site and have been on it for 3 nights. You are one very talented lady. Looking forward to your news letters and and many more projects. Thanks!!

    • Susan Myers February 3, 2013, 3:29 am

      Hi Judy,

      Thanks so much for subscribing! The fish pattern should be in your confirmation email. Check your junk email to be sure it did not go there. In order to receive the monthly newsletter, you have to click on the link in that email to confirm. I am emailing the pattern to you just in case it is another issue.

  • Bea January 12, 2013, 4:04 pm

    Signed up for your newsletter, clicked the link in my email but did not receive the free fish pattern. Would you please send it to my email. Thanks. Impressive use of the aluminium foil cookie sheet. Regards Bea Morris

  • bonnie January 10, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Hi Suzy,
    I have registered for the newsletter but have not received the free Enchanted Fish pattern (it is not linked in my email). Please send me the pattern to my email address. Thank you.

  • Carie December 30, 2012, 7:06 pm

    Gorgeous! I can’t find the fish pattern though – would you mind sending me the link? Thanks 🙂

  • Deb Friend December 29, 2012, 3:06 pm

    I also am having trouble with getting the fish pattern. It always goes back to the sign up, could you send it to me please. Thanks, Deb

  • Jaye @ Just Tryin' to Make Cents of it All September 15, 2012, 10:55 am

    Okay, that’s just flipping amazing! I LOVE it! So different! Thanks for sharing. I’ve signed up for your newsletter – can’t wait to see what other stuff you have goin’ on! Stopping over from Debbie’s Pinterest party!

  • Debra September 13, 2012, 2:53 pm


  • Rox September 7, 2012, 3:41 pm

    I also can not find the fish pattern.
    Thanks for your help

  • Summer August 31, 2012, 1:45 pm

    Wow! I am seriously in aw of your skills! work!

  • June August 29, 2012, 11:27 pm

    I also registered for the newsletter and confirmed my registration. Could you please let me know how to get the fish pattern? Thanks so much for sharing this and your other ideas. I can’t wait to get started. I know what to do for Christmas gifts this year.

  • katie August 28, 2012, 4:55 pm

    Seriously!?!?!? This is amazing. I’m beyond impressed!

  • Jeannie August 28, 2012, 4:10 pm

    I registered for the newsletter and confirmed my registration. I was hoping to have access to the ‘free’ fish pattern but have not been able to access it. Each link I try indicates I have to sign up for the newsletter.

    Could someone please provide a link to the free patterns for registered ‘members’.

    Thank you.

    • Jeannie August 28, 2012, 4:16 pm

      got it!!

      Thank you!!

  • Kathy August 28, 2012, 12:29 pm

    Suzy, This is beautiful! I am really looking forward to trying this.

  • Mindy Cherri August 28, 2012, 12:13 am

    This is a great project! I’m a high school art teacher and really want to share it with my students. Can I get the pattern?

  • Brenda Williams August 26, 2012, 11:49 pm

    FISHTASTIC! WOW….you are totally awesome! I love this project, it is just beautiful.

  • Paula August 26, 2012, 8:37 pm

    this is really awesome, really like the fish!!!

  • Dorothy Kennett August 26, 2012, 4:37 am

    Suzy – you’ve done it again. This is a clever art piece and it inspires us to come up with our own twist on it!
    Love it as usual!

  • Evelyne Hofer August 25, 2012, 10:21 pm

    I would like to use your fish pattern for the Enchanted Fish project please.

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  • pat August 25, 2012, 9:10 am

    love the tin fish great job. How do you get the pattern?

  • Teddie Seeley August 25, 2012, 7:29 am

    This is just beautiful! You are just so talented Suzy.
    Love it.

  • melody hampshire August 24, 2012, 11:08 pm

    real cool!

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  • shirley tener August 24, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I would love this as a Mermaid.. its beautiful

  • Amy* August 24, 2012, 12:14 pm

    Yeah I’m in total agreement with everyone else in that this is absolutely AMAZING! What a fabulous work of art! The step by steps are fantastic…I feel like I just took a fancy art class and now my creative synapses are firing full force 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful art and how you created it.


    • Suzy August 25, 2012, 10:43 pm

      Thank you so much Amy! You totally made my day! The whole idea of the Sitcom is to inspire so it always makes me happy to know that I am succeeding in inspiring my readers!

  • Lynda August 24, 2012, 11:54 am

    Ok, we HAVE to do this for the next craft meeting!!!!!!! OMG, I WANT IT!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe how it turned out, I’m amazed!!!

  • Lynne August 24, 2012, 11:28 am

    That looks amazing! You would never know it started as a cookie sheet. It has a very expensive look to it.

  • Johnnie August 24, 2012, 10:19 am

    I don’t even know what to say. Wow.

  • Diane August 24, 2012, 10:11 am

    Wow, this is stunning!

  • norene August 24, 2012, 9:16 am

    I am absolutely amazed at what you come up with in your projects. This is fabulous! I love it.

  • deb August 24, 2012, 8:53 am

    This is fabulous Suzy! I’m gonna have to give this disposable cookie sheet thing a try!
    Keep the ideas comin’! Hugs! deb