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DIY Crackle Effect

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Give your crafting projects a little something extra with this simple DIY crackle effect.

I love working with mixed media and giving my projects an aged, distressed, look. There are several ways to do that. One of my favorite techniques is to create this simple DIY crackle effect.

I know a way to achieve this look without spending a dime at the craft store for crackle medium.  You won’t believe how quick and easy this method is and you probably already have what you need in your crafting supplies.  I love saving money and using what I already have at home to create easy and beautiful home décor and craft projects, so this should be no surprise when I tell you what I used. (HINT: its only two ingredients✌) This technique takes a little bit of practice. (a little luck won’t hurt either😁)

What you will need… 

There is more than one type of glue product that will work for this technique, My DIY mode podge works great for this 😉 or School glue, Mod Podge wood glue, craft glue, etc…

Your work surface of course..

Two paint colors of your choice.

A hairdryer or heat gun (optional)

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Ok so let’s get on with this simple DIY crackle effect.

I had previously used this piece of board for another project so I already had my base color on my board as you can see from the photos. Of course, you will need to begin by painting your surface with your base color and letting it dry completely.

base color
base color

 

TIP* I like to use my hairdryer on this step to speed up the drying time. (most crafters are impatient when it comes to this step so it’s no surprise 😁) You can totally skip this tip and just let it dry on its own. (I promise not to judge! 🤞)

The next step is applying the crackle medium (school glue, Mod Podge, wood glue, craft glue) whatever you choose will work. I used my DIY Mod Podge that I made previously (see link above. 👆) The thicker the crackle medium is applied the larger the cracks will be. I prefer the larger cracks because I like more of my base color to show through.  Once the crackle medium is applied, it needs to sit and begin to dry. NOTE* DO NOT ALLOW THE CRACKLE MEDIUM TO DRY COMPLETELY!  The crackle medium needs to be tacky to the touch. This will give the best results in the next step.  If it gets too dry the crackle technique will not work. (see why I said it can take some practice to get it to work?)  Stay with me, you can do this!! 😉

Crackle Medium applied
applied crackle medium

When the crackle medium is tacky to the touch, you can now apply the topcoat. I went with white as you can see from the photos.  Apply the topcoat quickly, in one direction, and DO NOT go over it with the brush too many times. Once it is dry completely you should see lots of pretty crackling all over the surface of your project.

 

white top coat
after topcoat has been applied

 

The end results
It will look something like this

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now wasn’t that easy? The end result is so pretty.  You can use this Simple DIY Crackle effect method on more than just wood too. Try it on some upcycled glass bottles it looks amazing!

You may also like this faux wood finishing technique:

How to Make Your Own Salt Paint to Create a Chippy Beach Cottage Finish

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