Recycled Crafts – Faux Tin Tiles from Disposable Cookie Sheets!



faux tin tiles made from cookie sheets

Lay the metal tile on top of a folded towel and use a knitting needle to press the design into the metal.  For your convenience, you can download the free patterns from my pattern page.

faux tin tiles made from cookie sheets

Here the metal tile is shown with the pattern scored into it.

faux tin tiles made from cookie sheets

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.

faux tin tiles made from cookie sheets

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.  Lightly spray each piece with a layer of primer.  Once it is dry, begin painting the indented areas using metallic acrylic paint.

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faux tin tiles from disposable cookies sheets

Once all the indentions are painted, add a base color to the raised areas.  Add details by watering down some metallic acrylic black paint and adding it to lines and edges of the indentations, giving it an antiqued look.

faux tin tiles from disposable cookies sheets

I used the same color scheme for each tile, so that they all worked together.

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faux tin tiles from disposable cookies sheets

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.

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For a great video on this embossing technique, look here! 

Want to know what other great patterns and ideas you can make with this technique? Click here!

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