How to Emboss with Aluminum Foil- Free Pattern!

I love the look of 3 dimensional art and metal embossing is a fun way to come up with a unique project.  This week, I took one of my older patterns, Holiday Partridge, and made her into a brilliant foil embossed piece of art.  This easy DIY project is based off of grade school memories.

You see, foil embossing is a common art project in school.  We take it one step further with the details of this pattern.  Patience is a virtue with this design.  Lots of details.  But the end result is amazing!  I would love to share with you my free pattern and the fun instructions!

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For this project I used:

9″x 12″ piece of scrap cardboard
Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil
Free Holiday Partridge Pattern:
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Glue Sticks
White Glue
Colored Permanent Markers

Print out the free Holiday Partridge Pattern.  Center it on the cardboard and use glue sticks to stick it down.  Take the white glue and following one line at a time trace a line a glue onto the first line.

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Glue down pieces of yarn along the lines.

Because this drawing is so detailed, it will take a while to glue down your yarn.  If you are wanting to try this technique out on a simpler line drawing, be sure to check out the links at the bottom of this post, or even use a page from a coloring book!

Once all the lines are covered with yarn, allow the glue to thoroughly dry before going to the next step.  Cut out a piece of heavy duty aluminum foil that is quite a bit larger than your 9 x 12 picture.  Carefully crumple it up in your hands a few times and then very carefully open it back out.

Coat your entire yarn covered picture in a thin layer of white glue.  (I used a flat brush to paint it on).  Place the crumpled foil over top and begin to press it down into the hills and valleys of the drawing.  You can carefully use the end of a pencil eraser to emboss the aluminum into the crevices.  This also takes many of the wrinkles out of the foil as you rub it lightly over the flat spaces.

Once the foil is placed how you like it, you can begin to color in all the flat places with permanent markers. (Do not color in the raised foil lines).

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Feel free to play with color!  For the pears, I colored them in with yellow and then added orange to shade.

Coloring it in is the fun part!

The final piece can be framed.  What a unique way to decorate for the holidays!

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Create something beautiful!  I’d love to see what you come up with!

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  • DIY Home Sweet Home November 15, 2017, 8:02 am

    Love this. It turned out beautiful. Would love for you to stop by and link this up to More The Merrier Monday.


  • Lis November 13, 2017, 4:43 am

    Hi Suzy,
    I’ve loved your work for ages and plan on making some embossed Xmas cards this year. But I have a question – every time I’ve used Sharpies to color in my aluminium, they fade so quickly. Do you spray something over the finished piece to keep the colors vibrant? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Susan Myers November 13, 2017, 11:13 pm


      Your question intrigued me, so I did some research. And yes, permanent markers are not permanent! They do fade over time. But according to the
      manufacturer, it is not due to UV light, but rather lack of pigment. Which means that a clear coat will not really help.

      Two suggestions: One- rather than use sharpies for color, use acrylic paint meant for all surfaces. The look would not be quite the same, but
      the color will last indefinitely. Two- go ahead and use sharpies. If and when they fade over time, recolor with fresh sharpie. The coloring
      process takes very little time.

      Thanks for bringing this up!


  • Leslie November 13, 2017, 4:12 am

    Very nice. I am wondering if glue gunning the outlines would work also.

    • Lis November 13, 2017, 4:40 am

      Or maybe even a tube of silicone – you’d get a nice even line.

    • Susan Myers November 13, 2017, 11:15 pm

      It may very well work. Although I find hot glue to be pretty darn messy and you may not get the strong lines that you want. The white glue and yarn was pretty effortless.