Disposable round aluminum pan
Paper like construction paper or bond paper
Puncher to make holes
Jump rings (optional)
Pencil or pen
- Cover the work table. Place the disposable aluminum pan on a piece of paper and trace the bottom of the pan so you have a circle.
- Sketch a design on a piece of paper: the sun, flowers, cactus, birds, the moon, an animal, etc. (Hojalata artists traditionally draw humorous, religious or cultural objects.) Then draw the design in the circle using a black marker. Cut out the circle and the bottom of the aluminum pan.
- Lay the drawing on the aluminum pie pan circle. Pushing hard enough to mark the metal, trace the design with a sharp pencil, pen or similar tool.
- Turn the aluminum pie pan circle over and color in the design with permanent markers.
- VARIATION: Cut a fringe around the outside of the pie pan circle when finished coloring.
- VARIATION: Use mini-aluminum pie pans.
- If you make more than one, you can string them by punching a hole at the top and bottom of each and connecting them with jump rings.
- Punch a hole at the top of the pie pan circle, pull a piece of string through and hang the hojalata. If you hang the hojalatas outdoors, watch them shine in the sun or blow in the wind! Hang small hojalatas on a holiday tree!