How to Make Rusty Tin Signs

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Things You'll Need

  • Piece of tin

  • Craft paints

  • Powdered cinnamon

  • Pencil

  • Brush

  • Drill (optional)

Cinnamon sprinkled on wet paint will give your sign a rusty look.

Adding one ingredient from your kitchen cupboard while painting a homemade sign can give it a rusty look. To create a faux rusty tin sign, sprinkle some cinnamon on the areas that you want to look weathered.


Step 1

Paint the surface of the piece of tin with a base coat of craft paint, which will serve as the background color of your rusty sign.

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Step 2

Sprinkle a little dried cinnamon over the background area while the paint is still wet to create the look of rust. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 3

Create the message on the sign. Use stencils, trace a design with a pencil or freehand the wording for your sign.

Step 4

Paint the message on the tin sign with a brush. Use a craft paint that will contrast with the background color you chose in Step 1. For example, many signs have red words on a white background.


Step 5

Sprinkle cinnamon over the sign's message before the paint dries if you want to add rust spots to this area.

Step 6

Drill a hole in each of the upper corners to string a wire and hang from a wall or beam.


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