Choose the faux tin tiles you want to install. Tiles made of PVC or other materials are available and made to look like traditional tin tiles.
Prepare the surface around the fireplace where you want to lay the tiles. Wipe it clean with a clean, damp rag and repair any loose plaster or drywall.
Lay your tiles out on the floor or on a table in the pattern you want them to follow around the fireplace. Having them laid out ahead of time makes it easy to grab a tile and put it in the right place immediately.
Use a yardstick or ruler to draw straight guidelines for your tiles. Make a guideline for each row and column whether or not you are placing them on an angle. This will keep your tiles straight.
Apply a rubber- or urethane-based adhesive to the edges of the tile and allow it to evaporate for about 15 minutes before placing the tile.
Press the tiles into place, and then paint a thin coat of adhesive around the tile to ensure that all of the tiles stay in place.
Continue pressing tiles in your chosen pattern until the entire surface is covered.