Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mexican Tin Folk Art DIY

I love Mexican art!  I always have.  When I was a kid my parents would go to Mexico and bring back all kinds of fantastic treasures.  Once they brought back these super scary tapped tin masks with marble eyes....I loved them!  Years later when I was shopping for art supplies at the hardware store, I scored a roll of aluminum flashing (they use it for roofing) and immediately 
thought of the tapped tin projects I could make.
Make sure to cut the tin with serrated edge scissors or tin shears so that it's not sharp to the touch!
I framed loteria images, but you could use anything!
Make them in different sizes
Make sure to add sequins and glitter, too!
Watch the short video tutorial here
Watch my 2018 updated version!
Aluminum flashing
Loteria Images (below)
Pattern of Heart (below)
Needle nose pliers
White school glue
Sequins and glitter
Hammer and large nails
Scrap wood
Trace and cut your pattern in aluminum flashing using serrated scissors (or tin shears)
Cut out a loteria image and trace around it adding 1/4" all the way around
Cut off the corners and bend them upward with pliers to create a small frame 
Using a large nail and scrap wood, tap a design into the heart
*Tap a hole through the top so you can hang it when you're done
 Paint your heart with Americana Multi-Surface Satin in vibrant colors
Paint your small frame to match
When dry, glue on the flower cabochons and the frame with E-6000 glue
Using white glue, add the loteria image
Add more glue to add sequins and glitter inside and around the frame
 Print and cut
Print and cut


  1. Love the sacred hearts! Funnily enough I did a paper art sacred heart piece a little over a week ago:

  2. Fantastic Beth! Love your project! :)

    1. Thank you! I've challenged myself to create a new paper art piece each week and they are all roughly 1.5" in diameter. I'm keeping my eyes open for your envelope challenge, which I do intend to get done in plenty of time. :)

    2. You'll have plenty of time! I only filmed the intro today. :)

  3. Hi, I'm having a hard time finding the right type of scissors. What would you recommend?


  4. Great idea I've been looking for ideas to make a Garland for my daughter in Utah. She misses Texas & her Mexican/Hispanic Culture. Especially our Mexican Chorizo that don't sell in Utah.