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8.13.2010

DIY Tin Accent Sign Tutorial


This little project goes with another picture window project I'm finishing up.
But I thought it might be helpful to give this cute little tin sign it's own quick tutorial post :)




First I cut some tin that I had into the dimensions I wanted, using tin snips.
Then I printed the word that I wanted, in vinyl... but used the empty space of the decal, instead of the actual letters.
I did this, because I wanted to use the vinyl sort of as a "stencil".
I wanted the lettering to look distressed, and vinyl would look a little too "crisp" for this project.



I taped around the rest of the exposed metal that I wasn't painting.



Sprayed the whole thing with white spray paint.



Peeled the tape and vinyl off...



To expose the white letters.
Then I took some fine grit sandpaper and roughed up the paint a bit.
It gave it a pretty cool effect on the metal, and on the painted lettering.
(be careful not to rub TOO hard.  The paint will just completely come OFF, if you aren't gentle)






Then I took my Crop-a-Dile tool and punched some holes in the top of the sign.






Ran some white cording through them...
and DONE! :)



13 comments:

  1. Very cute! I like this tutorial--nice and simple. :)

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  2. That looks really cute!!! I got my vinyl today...can't WAIT to get it up on the wall. I'm SOOOO excited!!!

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  3. i have never though of distressing when painting on metal... I like the effect :)

    ~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

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  4. So cute! Thanks for sharing that one.

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  5. It is cute! And I love it in your little picture window! Gorgeous as always!

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  6. Oh, I double hearts this project!!
    So simple & pretty. :)

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  7. Love your site and all the ideas! This would look so great with all the stainless in my kitchen and help mix cottage with modern.

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  8. How did you get such a crisp edge on your tin with the snips. I always get this nasty edge that could slice a finger off!!

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  9. Love this, but very curious where you get your vinyl letters. Are you printing them yourself with something or do you order them somewhere?

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  10. Love your ideas!! You seem to use a lot of vinyls. Are you printing them yourself with something or ordering them from somewhere? Would love to know how to find them! :)

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  11. I realize you did this project a while ago...where did you find the tin?

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