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Use foil, markers and our printable New Year Template to create this beautiful foil marker art with kids! Simple 5-minute New Year Craft.
As the New Year approaches, it’s the perfect time to engage in a creative colorful art project with your kids to celebrate! Creating 2024 New Year foil marker art is a great blast off to the new year with vibrant colors and artistic possibilities.
Plus, I love that foil art is a simple and mess-free activity for kids of all ages and results in a colorful piece of art. I know the weird time between Christmas and New Year can also be an exhausting time after the holidays and one where kids need a simple calm-down activity. This New Year craft takes all of 5 minutes to set up with our printable template, I promise!
New Year Foil Marker Art – Materials:
- Aluminum foil
- Washable markers or paint markers (make sure they are acrylic so water-based) in various colors
- Spray bottle with water
- “Happy New Year” printable
- Thick cardstock
How to make this New Year Craft Foil Art
- Prepare Your Workspace: Lay down a piece of aluminum foil on a flat surface. You might want to cover the table with newspapers or a plastic sheet to catch any stray marks or water.
- Color the Foil: Color the foil with the washable or paint markers (acrylic water-based). They can make patterns, doodles, or just freely mix colors. There’s no right or wrong way to do this; it’s all about having fun! Make sure the coloring will cover your paper pattern.
- Spray the Colors: Help your kids spray the colored foil with water. The water will make the colors spread and blend into each other, creating a beautiful, watercolor-like effect when lifted.
- Apply the Printable: Take your “Happy New Year” printable and lay it down, design side facing the colored foil. Gently press down to ensure every part of the paper comes in contact with the wet ink.
- Reveal the Art: Slowly lift the paper off the foil. You should see a beautiful transfer of colors onto the design, creating a one-of-a-kind New Year greeting.
Tips for Foil Art;
- Use bright, contrasting colors for a more striking effect.
- If the colors don’t transfer as much as you’d like, you can always lay the print back down on the foil for a second try after you’ve colored and spray the foil again.
- You can reuse the foil a few times, just wipe off the foil and start again!
- Use thick cardstock to print so the paper will be sturdy in contact with water. If creating your own design, use a thick paper like watercolor paper.
How to show off your New Year art
Your New Year foil marker art can shown off in so many creative ways!
- Greeting Cards: Use them as unique New Year’s greeting cards to send to family and friends.
- Framed Artwork: Place the artwork in a frame and hang it as part of your New Year’s Eve decor.
- Party Invitations: Use the art as a background for New Year’s Eve party invitations, giving a personal touch to your event.
- Table Decor: Use the artwork as placemats or as part of a centerpiece for your New Year’s Eve dinner.
- Gift Tags: Cut small pieces of the artwork and punch a hole to create unique gift tags for your New Year’s presents.
- Scrapbooking: Incorporate the art into a scrapbook as a memento of the New Year’s celebration.
- Yearly Time Capsule: Add the artwork to a time capsule that you open every New Year’s Eve to remember the past celebrations.
- Window Decor: Cut out the artwork in various shapes and use them to decorate your windows.
This colorful art activity is a great way to show how simple materials can transform into something beautiful. I love that it’s a wonderful metaphor for the New Year – a time to try new things, make changes, and look forward to unexpected creative joy!
Agnes Hsu is a mom of three and has been inspiring parents and kids to get creative with easy activities and family friendly recipes for over 10 years. She shares her love for creative play and kids food to her 2MM+ followers online. Agnes' commitment to playful learning and kindness has not only raised funds for charity but also earned features in prestigious nationwide publications.