Make Your Own Rusted Metal Wall Art

I have a passion for all things retro, especially metal wall art.  Originals are pricey, and reproductions can get expensive, too.  Why not make your own?  Here was my inspiration:

I made two fun signs to decorate my house.  One with a graphic, for my son’s vintage sports themed room.  The other may seem odd, but there’s a reason for it!  We have a bathroom on our patio that no one (especially muddy children!) remembers is there.  I wanted something funny to put on the door, so when I saw my inspiration piece I knew I wanted to try to create a knock off!


Let’s make some wall art!

I started by rubbing the candle in the corners, along the edges, and in random places on the metal sheet.  This will cause the sheet to resist the paint and allow me to achieve a worn, rusted look on the piece.

Then I painted the sheet with two layers of my base color.

I used washi tape to mark off my border and paint it.

I cut the text out of vinyl and applied the reverse image to my sheet to create a mask.

Next, I painted the letters and after it was dry, peeled the vinyl away.  Some of the paint lifted off with the vinyl, because of the wax resist technique.  Exactly what I wanted!  I used a cloth to rub off more paint, then sealed my project with Mod Podge.  I used the Antique Finish to give it an aged look, but you can also tint your regular MP with alcohol inks to get a similar effect.

For my bowling sign, I used the trace feature on my Silhouette to copy an image I liked.  As above, I applied the vinyl to create a mask, painted, rubbed off paint in the corners and on the edges, and finished with Mod Podge.

Now I have fun, custom, retro inspired metal wall art!  And you can, too.  Enjoy!

PS…the metal can be used as a magnet board! More fun stuff to create!

About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!


  1. says

    Kelsey, I’m glad you like my idea! Sarah posted the link for you…it comes with TWO sheets so it’s an incredible deal. I bet your husband will love his gift. Have fun creating!

  2. Kelsey Huber says

    This is the first blog I have commented on because your idea has inspired me for christmas gifts for my husband. I am curious as to wherer you got your metal sheets though. And thanks so much for posting this, I will definitely repin! :)


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