Make Aluminum Ornaments! Activity

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Updated on Feb 8, 2013

The beautiful metal ornamentation of Mexico that was once made of silver and gold is now found commonly in market places in the form of shiny tin. Trinkets, candle luminaries, ornaments and other decorations show the distinct and beautiful craftsmanship that has long been part of Mexican crafts.

Want to get your child in on the fun? Using aluminum is a great way to recycle and make some shiny ornaments borrowing from this traditional art form!

What You Need:

  • Aluminum roasting pans or pie pans
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Wire or paper clips
  • Scissors
  • Nail
  • Permanent markers in black and bright colors

What You Do:

  1. Draw a traditional shape, such as a sun, animal, or flower, or make one of your choosing onto the aluminum.
  2. Cut out the design with your scissors.
  3. Place the aluminum on the cardboard for padding. Using a nail, make some impressions in the soft metal in the decorative pattern of your choice.
  4. Add color to your patterns with the permanent markers.
  5. With the nail, poke a hole into the top of your piece and bend your wire or paper clip through so that you can hang your artwork up. Place it somewhere where the light hits it, such as a kitchen window. These make great Christmas tree decorations or ornamentation for any day!

Did You Know?

In 1519, when the Spanish invaded Mexico, they took much of the valuable gold so that the metalworkers had to improvise by using tin. Since that time, because it is inexpensive and easy to work with they have continued to make many beautiful crafts out of it.

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