Haitian-Inspired Foil Cross

This project was inspired by the metal art of Haiti, and makes a great project for Easter… or any­time!  I’ll be doing this with chil­dren in a cou­ple of orphan­ages in Haiti next week.  I’ll try to post some pic­tures when I get back!
“Foamies” and 3M foil tape are the secret ingre­di­ents for this project!  You can buy these thin sheets of foam in a 9x12 size at any art or craft sup­ply store, or you may find them con­ve­niently pre-cut to this 4x6 size in packs of 32 at the Dol­lar Store.  Look for the foil tape at any hard­ware store in rolls that look like shiny foil duct tape (used for plumbing).    

  • 4″ x 6″ foam sheet
  • 12″ foil tape
  • scis­sors
  • ball point pen (medium point)
  • hole punch
  • Sharpies (F) in a vari­ety of colors
  • yarn for hanging

(note: You may want to prep steps 1–4 for younger chil­dren.)
1. Cut your foil tape into two pieces, one 5″ long and the other 7″ long. 
2. Cen­ter your 7″ piece length­wise on your foam sheet, wrap­ping the ends under and stick­ing them to the back.  (It’s not easy to repo­si­tion the tape with­out crin­kling it, so try to get it in the right place on your first try!)
3. Now lay the 5″ piece across the first piece, about an inch from the top. Wrap the ends under and stick them to the back.
4. Cut away the foam sec­tions that the tape doesn’t cover.  (Save these pieces and cover them with foil tape to make beau­ti­ful pen­dants!)
5. Next, “draw” a design onto your cross using a ball point pen.  If you use a medium point pen, it shouldn’t tear the foil, and the ink doesn’t usu­ally stick to it, so it should just leave a nice impres­sion.
6. Punch a hole at the top and thread with yarn for hanging.

Optional: You can color your design with per­ma­nent mark­ers for bright, vivid colors! 

 A pen­dant made from the left-over scraps!

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15 Responses to Haitian-Inspired Foil Cross

  1. Karen Bosch April 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    This is so beau­ti­ful! What an easy way to get that etched tin look! Great technique!

  2. Hallie April 20, 2011 at 5:13 am #

    I love this! What an amaz­ing piece to cher­ish for­ever. This seems like a great process for every age. Thank you for sharing!!

  3. The Art Fairy April 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    Hey there, I’ve just given you the Ver­sa­tile Blog­ger Award! Drop by and pick it up when you are able.

  4. K-Sue June 9, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I think we will try this one next year, too.
    k-Sue of

  5. Mrs. Skojec June 13, 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    I bought the foil tape but when I got home, I saw it had red let­ter­ing on it. Tak­ing a green Scotch scrub­ber, I worked at it until the let­ters came off. Not too hard, but it will add time to the project in class. I’m still inter­ested in try­ing it with them, though. Great idea!

  6. Mrs. Skojec July 18, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    This is a GREAT project! I added it to my blog and linked it to yours. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Kid World Citizen December 11, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    This looks exactly like Mex­i­can repu­jado! I love it:)

  8. Felicity April 19, 2012 at 4:23 am #

    I’m going to try this as part of an art chal­lenge day tomor­row. I’ve just made an exem­plar using card­board cov­ered in two lay­ers of house­hold foil.
    Although not as spec­tac­u­lar as your ver­sion, it turned out really well — once again, thank you for the inspiration!

    Happy day!

  9. AB June 17, 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    This was by far the best craft for our VBS this year. We com­pletely prepped the crosses for the kids going into 3rd grade and younger. We let the 4th and 5th graders do it all them­selves. We didn’t use sharpies, just a dull skewer to let them put their designs on the cross and a few jewel stick­ers to embellish.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge June 17, 2015 at 5:29 pm #

      Jewel stick­ers are an awe­some idea! Thanks for shar­ing that!!

  10. sherrie patton September 13, 2015 at 11:38 am #

    THIS is so beau­ti­ful. I’ve worked with this tape before but not like this. Thank you for the inspiration.

    • Cheryl Trowbridge September 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

      I’m glad you like it, Sher­rie. Foil tape is so much fun!

  11. Dana November 22, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

    What size foil tape did you use? (Width)

    • Cheryl Trowbridge November 23, 2015 at 5:09 pm #

      The foil tape is 2″ wide and comes on a roll sim­i­lar to duct tape. You can usu­ally find it in the plumb­ing sec­tion of most hardware/home improve­ment stores.


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