Friday, January 20, 2012

Make a crackle painted mini Valentine’s Day Box, it’s a snap

A crackle finish on a painted box is a snap and if you use some Valentine conversation hearts in a shadow box, it just pops!  Get it?

You will need:

Mini wood box with shadow box top. (I found mine at Michaels Craft store for $1.00

Red, pink, and gold acrylic paint

Crackle medium

Acrylic gloss varnish

Conversation heart candy

Tacky glue


Painter’s tape

1.     Tape the glass on the top of the box to protect it from the paint.

2.     Paint the inside of the box and the backing piece for the shadow box with gold acrylic paint.  Paint the sides and top of the box with red acrylic paint.  Let dry.

3.     Brush on some crackle medium on the sides and top of the box over the dried red paint.  Let dry for a few minutes until it is tacky. 

4.     Paint some pink paint on the top and sides of the box.  The paint will start to crackle and the bottom red layer will show through.  Let dry completely.  Note: A thinner layer of paint will produce thin cracks and a thick layer will create thick ones.

5.     Seal the box with a layer of gloss varnish.

6.     Center a conversation heart candy on the gold painted backing piece and attach with tacky glue.  Let the glue dry.

Remove the painter’s tape form the glass and reassemble the shadow box making sure the heart candy is facing the correct direction.

Hint:  When painting the final layer of paint on top of the crackle medium, do not over brush or you cracks will disappear.

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  1. Another interesting project. I like the crackle finish on this little box and am thinking about using it on a little wooden box I have that holds small buttons. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

  2. Great crafty project Crystal ;o)I agree with Maddyrose, I might use the crackle finish on a box I have ;o) Have a great day!

  3. Very cute idea! Have a great weekend Crystal.


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