Faux Tin Tiles
- Disposable aluminum cookie sheets, two
- Framed cork bulletin board, 18”x24”
- Metal thumb tacks
paintbrush, ruler, scissors, towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)
- Knitting needle
- Metallic paints: gold, blue, copper
- Spray primer
- 1. Measure and cut six 7” squares from cookie sheets. Use ruler to measure and mark cookie sheet by pressing knitting needle along ruler. Cut out with scissors. Take ruler and score 1/4” from all four sides of each square using knitting needle.
- 2. Use scissors to cut notch in each corner. Fold metal over carefully along scored seam. (Note: This will create a smooth finished edge for each tile.) Tiles should now measure 6-1/2”x6-1/2”.
- 3. Print out patterns. Position pattern over metal square. Place metal square on top of folded towel. Use knitting needle to lightly press design into metal.
- 4. Keeping tile on folded towel, use end of paintbrush handle to gently rub indentations into metal for raised and depressed areas. (Note: The more you rub, the deeper the indentation can be, so be careful to not use a ton of force as the aluminum is very thin metal.)
- 5. On covered work surface, lightly spray each square with primer. Once dry, paint indented areas using blue, gold, and copper metallic paints. Refer to photo. Once indentions are painted, add base color to raised areas. Water down metallic black paint; add detail lines on edges of indentations for antiqued look. Let dry.
- 6. Display faux tiles as desired. Or use thumbtacks to tack tiles on framed corkboard.
- 1. Some other examples for displaying your tiles include a backsplash in the kitchen, risers on a stairway, headboard of a bed, or as a table top. The possibilities are endless!
by Suzy Myers