Aluminum Art Mobile- Periodic Table of Elements

For this project you need: heavy duty aluminum foil (we used Reynold’s wrap), permanent markers, rubbing plates, scissors, wire cutters, wire (we used florist wire), pliers, ribbon, beads, bells, glue gun, hole punch and cardboard (from a cereal box).

Place the foil on the rubbing plate, press with your fingers to get the imprint onto the foil, then color with the permanent markers.


To strengthen the foil, I hot glued cardboard to the back of the foil art. Then I punched 4 holes.

To assemble the aluminum art together we discovered it was easier to do this on the floor. We simply wired the pieces together adding beads and aluminum bells between each piece as we went along.

We punched 5 holes to the bottom piece and added a lot of pretty beads and bells.
We added a big ribbon to the top of the mobiles and hung them from our Hawthorn tree.
To give credit where it’s due, I got the idea to hang the aluminum art in a mobile fashion from Pepper paints. To learn more about aluminum visit Aluminum and Literature. Visit Anet at the Purple Squirrel for another idea with aluminum.

11 responses to “Aluminum Art Mobile- Periodic Table of Elements”

  1. kathy

    this is the neatest idea! I’ve really enjoyed this post and I’m on my way to view more of your ideas! Thank you for sharing

  2. Colleen

    oh wow, those are amazing. who knew you could make such lovely art from aluminum foil. wonderful.

  3. Sara

    Oh I love this. Very pretty.

  4. www.pepperpaints.com

    Thanks for the link! Yours look great!

  5. Tara

    We’ve been wanting to work with foil for awhile… these are just great.

  6. Annie

    Those turned out beautifully! I love all the fun projects you do!

  7. dongdong

    I bet the kids love this. I sure would. :) I love pepper paint. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Melanie

    A work of Art!

  9. Lisa

    Jumbles, I don’t have a single plan on the amount of time per element. Seriously, just depends on inspiration. I’m not done with carbon…..have the ocean, sand and shells still to cover. I was just in the mood for aluminum this week. This is the last post for aluminum, unless something else inspires me.

  10. jumbleberryjam

    Another most excellent project!! How many weeks are you spending per element?

  11. Tammy

    I’d love to walk down the street and see something like this hung in a yard. VERY nice. You are so amazing….