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DIY Crafts and Special Projects with Tin

The design potential and uses for tin tiles are literally limitless. We’re constantly amazed by what our creative customers are coming up with, from Christmas tree boxes and planters to toilet paper holders and jewelry. Here are some of the most popular crafty, DIY projects to do with tin, but don’t let this list inhibit you from experimenting on your own. Beautiful, ornate patterns in virtually any color and finish, magnetic properties and the flexibility to cut with basic tools like tin snips the opportunities are endless. We love to see everything our talented community comes up with so be sure to share your creations with us on social media!

Furniture Inserts – We’ve seen tin tiles inserted in everything from kitchen cabinets to metal appliances like refrigerators and dishwashers. Tin looks great as an accent on bars, lining for panty cabinets or as a room divider.

Headboards – One of our most popular DIY projects, you can make a tin headboard in as little as 30 minutes. Purchase 4 Nail-Up tiles, a piece of plywood and follow our easy how-to instructions.

Mirrors / Clocks / Picture Frames – Ornate room touches, simply poke a hole in the middle of your panel and finish cutting out the center area in the shape you desire with tin snips.

Planter Boxes / Christmas Tree Holder – Purchase a box for a frame (or build your own following this great tutorial from This Old House) and 4 tin tiles. Cut each panel into quadrants and attach the tin to the wood with vinyl adhesive caulk.

Memory Board – A great way to store keepsake notes, photos and reminders, all you need is matching magnets from your local craft shop. The perfect personalized gift for loved ones, our artisan-finished tiles are especially popular for message boards as they add a unique, vintage touch.

Fire back – Used essentially as a decorative backstop to protect your walls, tin makes a great fire back due to its high burn rating and safety properties. Able to withstand 1300-degree heat for over an hour, tin has been used as a fire protectant since the early 19th century.