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15 Unexpected Uses for Aluminum Foil

By: Melissa Conner, Editor of

We asked, you delivered.  Here are 15 Unexpected Uses for Aluminum Foil, all thanks to our awesome Facebook fans!  This is a great collection of useful ideas that will help make your life so much easier!

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  1. My mom used to make Christmas trees. Cut paper towel rolls into 1/2-inch pieces, cover each piece in foil. Glue them together in the shape of a pyramid (Christmas tree), and glue in small ornaments in the middle.
  2. Emboss with stencils and add to your scrapbook pages.
  3. Crumple and then flatten out again. Glue to an old vase, glue on dull side, being careful not to get glue on the shiny side. Using black paint (like Plaid with extender mixed in), cover the whole thing with paint, then rub off. Will look like really old pewter when you're done.
  4. Makes a great masking tape alternative for doorknobs and the like when painting, also great for scrubbing, scouring, and cleaning.
  5. Fold into layers of 3 and sandwich in embossing folders when you run your project through an embossing machine.
  6. You can sharpen scissors with it.
  7. Embossing, die cuts, edgings, flowers and embellishments. You can also use it for 3D paper craft projects, roofs for houses or buildings, fencing.
  8. You can use in your wallet covering credit cards, bank cards (anything with a reader strip on it) for security purposes to help prevent ID and credit card info theft instead of purchasing the aluminum wallets.
  9. Use it to remove rust from metal objects - scrunch it up and scrub!
  10. Make framed art with it. Use yarn underneath for texturing and patterns.
  11. Stack a few layers and cut with pinking shears for rick rack to embellish cards.
  12. Crumble it up into a star shape and hang from your Christmas tree or windows in the winter.
  13. Use it to help hold the shape of clay when you bake it.
  14. You can use crumpled up aluminum foil to add texture to your painting projects.
  15. Use aluminum foil as a disposable pallet to hold paint.


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um hello this is mine

I have two suggestions that we use as Girls Scouts...the girls do a "crazy hair day" and use foil to wrap around their hair, make crowns, jewelry, etc...also u can take foil and wrap it around tree branches to act as a reflector or marker when camping to find your way back to camp when going to the "outhouse" or taking a night time hike. When I worked in a restaurant I used to wrap children's leftovers in foil in the shape of a swan or duck...was told by my young customers that after they ate the leftovers, they put the "swan" back together and put it in floats so they had "swans floating in their pools" or swan races.

Scrunch it up and put in your dryer with clothes and use in place of softener sheets.

I did this when my son was little. If he got his hand on some foil, he would use it to make animals or people with it. So one Christmas I got him his own box, he loved it.

I love all these ideas, but I have another one...I'm allergic to dryer sheets, so I use a wadded up piece of foil instead. It actually works! And after several uses in the dryer, it shrinks down to a wonderful odd shaped orb that you can use for a decoration at Christmas!

If you have mice and know where they are coming in, wad up tin foil and plug the hole. They won't chew through it.

I didn't know about #8 suggestion. Thanks!

You used my suggestion (2. Emboss with stencils and add to your scrapbook pages). Thanks! :)


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