These crackle effect frames were the perfect addition to my sister-in-law's vintage baby shower. Instead of buying regular picture frames for her maternity pictures, we decided to make the effort and create our own little art project. It paid off, because everyone at the party complimented them and fought to take them home! Crackle paint basically allows the base coat to show through cracks created on the top coat. It sounds complicated, but is fairly simple to create and all the materials can be found at your local craft store.
2 colors of acrylic paint (we used gray and white)
1 bottle of paint crackle effect (we used the Martha Stewart brand)
Natural wood picture frames
1 foam brush
Begin by lining the table with newspaper to keep the mess off the furniture. Next, spread out the picture frames on top of the newspaper making sure there is enough space between them so they are not touching. Now on to the creative part!
Once the first coat is dry, it is time to apply the crackle effect paint. It has the appearance and consistency of clear glue. Grab the foam brush and spread a thin layer of paint where ever you painted the base coat.
Once it dries, use a clean paint brush to apply the final coat of acrylic paint. We used white, but you can use whatever color you like. You will begin to notice the crackling effect right away. This is the best part! It kind of reminded me of when I would work on science projects as a kid!
This DIY project is an inexpensive and unique way to add a personal touch to a picture frame, a wooden box, nursery letters, etc. The possibilities are endless really. You can crackle anything that you can paint and use any colors you would like. Enjoy!