Recycled crafts are one of my specialties. Embossing disposable cookie sheets is an easy technique and creates amazing art. Beautiful faux tin tiles! Want to know how?
This is my second recycled craft idea using disposable cookie sheets!. I’m always on the look out for interesting things to make out of the unexpected. I found some disposable cookie sheets at the Party City and have held onto them a while until inspiration hit. And then one day, it occurred to me that maybe they might make some great faux tin tiles.
For this project I used:
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Begin by measuring out and cutting (3 ea.) 7″ squares from each cookie sheet. Use a ruler to measure them and mark the cookie sheet by pressing a knitting needle along the ruler, then simply cut them out with scissors. Then take the ruler and score 1/4″ from all four sides of your square using the knitting needle.
Use the scissors to clip a notch in each corner. Then fold the metal over carefully along your scored seam. This will create a smooth finished edge for each tile.
I then drew out some patterns on paper. Laying the metal tile on top of a folded towel, I used a knitting needle to press the design into the metal. For your convenience, you can download the free patterns from my pattern page.
Here the metal tile is shown with the pattern scored into it. Keeping the tile on the folded towel, then use the end of a paintbrush handle to gently rub indentations into the metal where you want them. The more you rub, the deeper they can be, just be careful not to use a ton of force as the aluminum is very thin metal.
Once the piece is indented to your satisfaction, it is time to paint it. You could certainly leave it unpainted at this stage, but I’m all about color. I first lightly sprayed each piece with a layer of primer. Once that was dry, I began by painting the indented areas using metallic acrylic paint.
Once all the indentions were painted, I added a base color to the raised areas. I then added details by watering down some metallic acrylic black paint and adding it to lines and edges of the indentations, giving it an antiqued look.
I used the same color scheme for each tile, so that they all worked together.
There are many ways to display your finished tiles. I chose to use a cork bulletin board and lined them up carefully, pinning them down with thumbtacks. This resulted in a great piece of wall art that will definitely surprise anyone when you tell them it started out life as a couple disposable cookie sheets.
For a great video on this embossing technique, look here!
Here is another example of a different color scheme using a different set of patterns. All twelve patterns are available FREE here!
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