A while back we shared a tin ceiling plant stand that we made for our succulent collection. I love how that project turned out BTW. Have you seen it? When we originally bought the tiles there must have been at least 20 panels. They were all beautifully rusted and filled with history. While cleaning and prepping one of the tiles I fell in love with how the different layers of paint looked against the rusty metal. That one tile was calling for a very special makeover that involved framing the ceiling tile and adding a little something so it could be used in different ways.

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous candle holder and how you can change it into a planter with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

And that’s what makes this decor idea so unique. The look and purpose of the framed tile can be changed by a simple twist of a screwdriver 😀 So you can either add beautiful candles …….

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous candle holder and how you can change it into a planter with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

……..or turn it into this gorgeous spilling vertical garden.

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous planter and how you can change it into a candle holder with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

The plants do hide the ceiling tile a little, but you can still see hints of that gorgeous mottled paint between the leaves. And I do so love making vertical gardens.

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous planter and how you can change it into a candle holder with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

This multi-purpose framed ceiling tile is so easy to change around. If candles or plants aren’t your thing, you can attach empty tin cans instead and use it for storage. Or you can add some of these gorgeous “swappable art bottles”. All you need to do is a “twist and a swop” 😉 RightyO, before we get to the good stuff, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

How to frame a ceiling tile

Depending on how damaged your ceiling tiles are you may need to do a little prep work first before framing the ceiling tile.

Getting the ceiling tile ready for framing

I had already removed quite a bit of the loose paint using the “bang & smack” method 😉 All I needed to do was give the tile a light scrub with a steel brush and wipe it down with warm soapy water.

Cleaning the rusty tin ceiling tiles #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Tin snips made it easy to trim the tile to the size I wanted. Don’t throw the scraps away. They can be turned into little bay windows or fairy furniture.

Cut the tin ceiling tiles with tin snips #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Old style tin ceiling tiles often have these raised and embossed edges, and since I needed my tile to lie flush against the frame I used a hammer and a scrap piece of wood to smack them into shape.

Flattening and cleaning the rusty tin ceiling tiles and flattening them to fit in the frame #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Place the piece of wood on the tile and smack lightly until those curves are all gone.

Cleaning the rusty tin ceiling tiles and flattening them to fit in the frame #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

To seal and protect the tile, I applied two coats of Rust-Oleum’s Clear Satin Sealer.

Spray with satin varnish to prevent further rust #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Making the frame for the ceiling tile

Since ceiling tiles come in all shapes and sizes, it’s not really an option to walk into a craft shop and pick up a frame that will fit. So the only alternative is to make one from scratch. In my humble opinion, the ceiling tile called for a thick, bulky frame. To make this one I used a scaffolding plank. The wood is inexpensive and about 3″ thick so it’s perfect. Simply measure the height and width and cut according to size.

Putting the frame together to hold the rusty ceiling tile #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Once all the bits have been cut, glue and screw the frame together.

Putting the frame together to hold the rusty ceiling tile #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Right so that’s the frame done, but there was a problem. The frame looked so pristine and new against that gorgeous character-filled ceiling tile and that just wouldn’t do. We needed to turn it into something old and beat up to fit the look 😀

How to age new wood in 3 easy steps

One of the best ways to age wood and give it loads of character is to use a heat gun, wire brush, and paint or stain. Hold the heat gun about an inch above the wood and move it from side to side to scorch the wood. Once the entire frame has been scorched, use a wire brush to heavily distress the wood. If you’re using something like pine the wire brush removes chunks of the softwood giving it that well-worn texture. When you’re happy with the look, apply paint or stain.

How to age the wood #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Now that’s so much better. We used the same technique to age our framed herb bouquet and depending on how much heat you apply and the type of wood you use, the frames always look well worn and character-filled.

Okay, time to add the ceiling tile to the frame. You can either use a staple gun (we were out of staples) or do it the good old fashioned way; using a hammer and a nail.

Putting the rusty ceiling tile inside the frame #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Now for the fun bits. Turning that framed ceiling tile into something that’s both functional and can be used in different ways.

Giving the framed ceiling tile more than one purpose

When I made the framed ceiling tile, I really wanted to create something that could be used in many different ways depending on my mood. It’s always more fun if you can change things around 😉 The secret to making this ceiling tile decor interchangeable, are common old hose clamps. They’re inexpensive and the size can be adjusted with a screwdriver, which made them perfect for what I had in mind.

Adding the rings #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Hose clamps are usually made from stainless steel so I had to “rustify” them first and that’s easy enough to do. Just paint them and sprinkle on some rust coloured spice while the paints still wet.

Using spices to make faux rust #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Seal them with a clear sealer. To attached the “rustified” clamps to the ceiling tile, measure and mark where they should go. Drill two small holes for each clamp. Insert some wire through the holes and twist them together at the back of the ceiling tile to secure as shown below.

How to attach the hose rings #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Insert the candle (or tin can or planter or vase or…. you get the point 😉 ) and tighten the hose clamp.

The hose clamps are adjustable #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

And the multi-purpose framed ceiling tile is ready.

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous candle holder and how you can change it into a planter with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

We used an old gate hinge to hang ours.

To hang add a old gate hinge #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

Isn’t she pretty?

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous candle holder and how you can change it into a planter with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

And when you’re tired of the one look, a simple “twist and swop” is all you need to do. Just loosen the hose clamps and replace the candles or tin can or planter or vase with somethings else.

The hose clamps are adjustable #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

It’s as easy as that.

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous planter and how you can change it into a candle holder with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose
With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous planter and how you can change it into a candle holder with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

If you like the idea of farming a ceiling tile to use in your décor, don’t forget to pin it for later.

With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous candle holder and how you can change it into a planter with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

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With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we transformed a tin ceiling tile into this gorgeous planter and how you can change it into a candle holder with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

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With Spring around the corner, it’s time to start getting those outdoor spaces ready. Find out how we framed a ceiling tile and turned it into this gorgeous candle holder and how you can change it into a planter with one small twist. #farmhousedecor #rusticdecor #acraftymix #farmstyledecor #springproject #diyhomedecor #ceilingtilerepurpose

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