Modern Tin Art

This project will surely liven up your personal art gallery.  Or it could spruce up some bare space you may have in your home.

Modern Tin Art Main

You’ll be handling permanent pens so be sure to cover your workspace with lots of newspaper.  Let’s begin!

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Cereal box
  • Yarn
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • Paper
  • Permanent Pens
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a square (or rectangle) out from a cereal box.  6” x 6” is a good size to start with.  Then randomly cut half inch slits along each side.
  2. Cut about 3 to 4 feet of yarn and feed an end into one of the slits.  Wrap the yarn around the square, making sure the yarn gets fed into a slit each time you wrap.  Modern Tin Art YarnOnce you’re happy with your pattern, tape each yarn end to the box.
  3. Get a piece of foil a bit larger than your square and trim the corners a little (this will help make the folds look cleaner).  Keep the dull side of the foil facing up and center your square on top.  Fold the excess foil over the square’s edges.  Tape foil down. Modern Tin Art Back
  4. Flip it over; sharpen your lines by running your fingers along the yarn. Modern Tin Art Front
  5. Flip it again and tape on some paper to cover up the back. Modern Tin Art Back 02
  6. Now you’re ready to color it in.  Permanent pens have a strong smell so be sure to take breaks if you plan to make a large piece.  And once you’re done coloring, give it some time to dry.

How does it look?  I’ll bet your friends and family will think you picked this masterpiece up at the Museum of Modern Art’s gift shop.

Modern Tin Art 2x2

Great job!