3d Summer Camp Craft

Fun Summer Camp Crafts for Kids, How to Make a Foil and Cardboard 3D Craft for Kids

As the sun shines brightly and the sounds of laughter echo through the trees, there’s no better time to unleash your imagination and create an amazing summer camp craft.

Summer Camp Craft

This 3D craft project using aluminum foil and cardboard will keep kids busy. Because this craft requires household items, it’s also an excellent craft to teach kids about recycling

Not only is this craft fun to make, but it also comes out beautiful. We did this project in our summer camp program with kids ages 8-12.  They all loved the project. I don’t recommend doing this with children younger than eight, as it may be a little tricky for them. 

Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your aluminum foil and cardboard project.

Aluminum foil summer camp craft.


A square piece of cardboard any size.  Since I was working with a large group of kids, I made 6×6 cardboard pieces I cut from boxes, sharpies or colorful permanent markers, aluminum foil, pencil, tape and a glue gun (only to be used by adults)

Step 1:

Using a pencil, have the children draw a design on the cardboard.  Encourage them to make a big design such as a large heart, flower, or abstract design.

Drawn design on the cardboard for the summer camp craft.

Step 2

Have the adult outline their design with the hot glue gun.  Make sure you make the outline thick.

glue poured over design on the carboard

Step 3

Once the hot glue dries, cover the front of the cardboard in aluminum foil and overlap the sides.  Turn the cardboard over and tape the foil around the sides, so it stays on.

Step 4:

Turn the cardboard over so the side with the design is facing the front.  Press down on the foil, and the design will start to show through.

Aluminum foil camp craft

Step 5:

Have the children color in their designs using the Sharpies of permanent markers.

Completed aluminum foil summer camp craft

All finished!  We displayed all of the kid’s projects at the end of the summer art show, and it was a success.