You may adapt this method to make other foil relief projects with other designs.
Foil Relief Christmas Tree
Time needed: 2 days (including drying time of the dimensional paint)
Materials and Tools:
1. Cone shaped Paper Mache (I bought it from Spotlight Ampang Point)
2. Dimensional paint
4. Household heavy duty aluminum foil
5. Craft glue (I used mod podge fabric and gloss, but any white craft glue can do the job)
6. Glue applicator sponge
7. Cotton bud or Q-tip
9. Black marker (optional, use it if you need to draft the pattern before draw with dimensional paint)
10. Shoes polish (I used black and tan color)
11. Scrap fabrics
12. A small stand to elevate the Christmas tree for display (optional)
Gather all the materials and tools as listed above (not all items are shown in the picture, please follow the list above).
I used Fabric Mod Podge but you can use any white craft glue.
1. Brush a layer of craft glue to your cone shaped paper mache.
2. Wrap the burlap onto the cone.
3. Trim off the excess burlap and seam nicely next to the edge.
4. Trim off the bottom too.
Draft an artwork on the burlap with marker. You can skip this if you can draw it instantly with free hand.
I drew some vines with dots and paisley. Fill up the space evenly but don’t draw the design too near to each other.
It is ok if you make a mistake on your draft, no one will see it later after the cone is covered up by the aluminum foil.
Draw the artwork with dimensional paint to create the puffy pattern on the cone.
Set aside to let it dry. I waited a day before continue with the next step.
While setting it aside to dry, I drew another cone. The front cone is meant for the foil relief Christmas Tree and the one behind is for the rustic burlap Christmas tree (without covering with aluminum foil). I drew the second one with free hand so that there is no messy marker marking underneath.
Cut a piece of aluminum foil slightly larger that the cone.
Again, you can use any white craft glue instead of Mod Podge.
1. Brush the craft glue onto the matte side of the aluminum foil.
2. Wrap it on the cone. Overlap a little on the straight edge so that it sealed properly.
3. Fold in the foil at the bottom.
4. Rub the foil with your finger gently to get it attached. Don’t worry too much about the little wrinkles of the excessive foil, press it down to smooth it out. The foil is soft when the glue is still wet, press the foil gently to prevent it from ripping apart.
After a few minutes, the glue becomes tacky and it is safe to rub with cotton bud to get a more defined relief pattern. Even the burlap texture will be shown on the foil relief.
Apply shoe polish to the tree. I used both black and tan color to obtain the desired stained color.
Leave it to dry for a few hours, wipe off the excess shoe polish with a clean scrap fabric. Set it aside to dry for another 24 hours.
Optional: Insert a mini tree stand to the completed foil relief Christmas tree. I used a candlestick tower stand I made last year. It fitted nicely into the cone.
Hope you enjoy making this beautiful foil relief Christmas tree. Merry Christmas!