Friday, July 12, 2013

DIY Crackle Frames



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.


Materials:
Newspaper
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
2 brushes 
1 foam brush

Directions: 


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! 



Pick your base color, which is the color that will peek through the cracks. With a paintbrush, paint the front, sides and back of the frames. We painted the base color gray in order to create a vintage, worn effect. 



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!

30 comments:

  1. A pretty frame! I wish I had the patience (and skills) to make such pretty objects.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Those are unique and beautiful! I was thinking of making something like that for my new place...Thanks for sharing this! Happy Friday to you guys

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    1. Thanks! If you make them, please share a picture with us!

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  3. You make it sound easy - but you have a lot of frames in front of you in those pictures! You're a trooper.

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  4. I lack the creativity and the patience. My hat is off to you! Beautiful.

    Velva

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  5. This looks like fun! I love learning about products like this. I didn't know about crackle effect paint!

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    1. Yes, we learned about it recently. Martha Stewart has amazing paint products.

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  6. What a fun project and I like how you made them a part of the shower! Love the photos, too. Pinning! xo

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  7. You both put your hearts into this shower. It really is nice.
    These made great gifts.
    Blessings dears. Catherine xo

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  8. What a wonderful project - I love the idea of painting those lovely looking "vintage" picture frames -the "crackle paint" adds such a personal touch to the frames for the maternity pictures! What a nice and thoughtful idea!

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    1. Yes, it really went well with the vintage theme. Thanks for commenting!

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  9. Such a lovely and personalized gift is a great idea!
    I'm sure it will be a huge success at the Baby shower.

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  10. Love this personalized gift, so pretty :)

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  11. What a fun project! I've been meaning to add the "crackle" effect on my wooden photography boards too. Soon, I hope :D

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    1. You should! It was a lot of fun doing it too. Send us a picture when you do it.

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  12. Awww he is sooooo super adorable! What a great party!

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  13. It's been a while since I've used crackle paint, but I really love the effect and it's so much easier than it looks (huge bonus)!

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