Pre-pandemic when I would get together with girlfriends, I always liked to bring a little seasonal something. Makers love making things right?! So will we let a pandemic stop us from showing our friends that we love (and miss) them? No, we will NOT! That's what mail is for and I get to help out the USPS.
In this project, I'll show you how to make your own crackled surfaces without needing a specific crackle medium.
- Wood Plaques ( Dollar Tree)
- Acrylic Paints
- White Glue
- Vinyl ( I used Cricut's Glossy Black)
- Cut File (I got this fun file from designbundles.net )
I found this pack of 6 wood plaques at Dollar Tree ( 4.25 x 4.25 ) and of course I now wish I'd bought several packages.
Since we're crackling these, you want to start with the color you want to peek through the crackles. For all of these, that was black.
I painted both sides and the edges so I'd have a finished look when done.
For the crackle, all you need is some white school glue. I stock up on this during back to school when they're like $.50 a bottle. After your base coat is dry, cover with a medium layer of glue. Too thin, and it will dry too quickly. Too heavy and it takes longer. So in the middle!
Wait a a few minutes (or you can speed things up with a blow dryer on cool but you don't want to dry it completely) and then go over with your accent color. The important thing here is to only paint in one direction, don't go back and forth with the second color of paint.
You can let the top coat air dry or you can be impatient like me and use a blow dryer. Now it's OK to use a warm setting which will help the crackling. Do NOT use a heat gun which will bubble your paint.
I kept two of the signs black and white to match my friends style; others, I used different colors to match their styles but did another layer of glue and white paint.
While your plaques are getting good and dry, you can cut your vinyl. I re-sized the file in Cricut Design Space and then cut using glossy black vinyl.
Take a Valium and weed your vinyl. Just kidding. I hate weeding like Indiana Jones hate snakes. Do some deep meditative breathing and keep telling yourself "My friends are worth it. My friends are worth it". Then use transfer tape to apply your vinyl to your sign.
To finish, I cut pieces of medium gauge wire and wrapped around a paint brush handle to curl. Glue to each end with hot glue. Make bows from black ribbon and glue atop where you glued the wire ends as shown.
I was really happy to hear from the recipients that they liked them. For a couple this is their only Halloween decor this year because have you met 2020?
I did decorate because no matter what, I like being surrounded by seasonal decor . It's kinda what we do right? So here is a glimpse at my "Haunted House".
Entryway table with my Witch Hat Wreath, Upcycled Goodwill Candle Holders, Mackenzie Childs Pumpkins and Glam Skulls from this year's projects.
I also did my coffee table:
And a Poe vignette in the fireplace we don't use! I made Mr. Skully's Hat years ago and it's held up.
Even the light fixtures aren't safe. Gold and black tulle, Dollar Tree glitter skulls and skeletons.
And while most of my Halloween decor is black, metallics, and neutrals, I did add some color with a Dia De Los Muertos corner:
Michaels had this pretty striped ribbon on sale which I used as the inspiration for the banner and pinwheels. I cut the images (Silhouette Design Store) from metallic vinyl. The banner itself I cut using black and orange cardstock and then added a "papel picado" (pierce paper) feel using different punches. The pinwheels are Astrobrights paper and the black pom poms are Dollar Tree.