How to Create a Crackle Finish with Glue. Give a plain-jane frame with vintage-flair with this easy tutorial.
Disclosure: A big thank you to Cut it Out for the free frames to work with!
I’ve been using store-bought crackle effect for years but I saw a tutorial on Elmer’s about creating the same effect with wood glue. I’d heard that their plain white Glue-All also works so I gave that a try and I just love how it came out. And it’s SO easy too!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this project:
- Frame (I used the Chandler from from Cut it Out)
- Two paints colors (I used a dark teal and light blue)
- Elmer’s Glue All
- Paintbrushes/foam brushes
- Paint your frame in desired color and allow to fully dry.
- Brush on a coat of the Elmer’s Glue-All. A thinner coat leaves fine cracks and a thicker coat yields larger ones. I opted for something in between. Allow to dry a few minutes until tacky. It’s important to do the next step while the glue is still wet but slightly tacky/sticky.
- Brush on your second color. I very slightly watered down a light blue and brushed it over the tacky glue.
- Allow to fully dry. It’s crackles like magic as I dries.
- Optional: Sand edges for a even more vintage-y vibe.
Here are some close-ups of the details:
Pretty cool, right?
I added in my Stay at Print which you can download free here.
This would make an easy hand-made gift idea too!
I like how well it worked so much, I think I’m going to try this effect on a table or something bigger.