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How to Crackle Paint with Glue

Are you ready to learn with me How to crackle paint with glue? I have to admit that there is really no need to buy crackle medium when you want to create a crackled paint finish. Elmer’s Glue-All that is super inexpensive and can help you turn smaller project into crackle paint beauty. Don’t get me wrong I bought crackle products in the past and love them. I also review them on my channel so you may like to check that out later below but sometimes you just need to try new things and explore more options. Crackling paint is a fun way to create depth to your painted projects. It adds a little rustic charm and just makes the piece pop.  As we are at it I like to transform my Dollar Tree butterfly into one stunning home decor diy. Let’s work together on wood paint crackle project

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Paint Crackle Steps

Prepping the Surface

This one is up to you. Since I have no idea what you are working on, just make sure that the surface is prepped, clean and ready for paint.

Learn how you can use Elmers glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

Apply Base Coat

In order for our crackle to show nicely I decided to use darker paint as my base coat and the lighter colored paint as the top coat. Of course it is up to you how you like your crackle to show up.

Learn how you can use Elmers glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

Because I like to have a perfect deep coverage it took me 2 coats of Deco-Art Gold metallic enamel to make me happy

Learn how you can use Elmers glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

The Glue…

There are a few tips and tricks to this glue method. 

  • use a foam brush so you don’t destroy your good paint brushes. 
  • the heavier you put the glue on the larger your cracks will be. So, if you are aiming for small cracks ease up on the glue a bit. 

Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

  • as you apply your glue MAKE SURE NOT TO GO OVER WITH YOUR SPONGE BRUSH TWICE IN THE SAME SPOT or the crackle will NOP HAPPEN

Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

I used a heat gun to help my Elmer’s Glue to dry and sort of control this process. Hair dryer will for sure help out. You want glue to have nice crusty layer but still bit tacky


Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

important STEP * IMPORTANT STEP * Important Step

Moment of truth..

In order for this method to work you must apply the top coat of paint WHILE THE GLUE IS STILL TACKY. Make sure to apply gently top coat of paint in to the glue. It is just supposed to lay on top and not mix with glue.


  Now it is time to wait for paint to dry…

Let me tell you …. I couldn’t wait … I wanted so badly to see some magic and put my heat gun into use again. MAGIC WAS HAPPENING !!! As the paint dries the cracks will begin to form. And the more it dried the better it looked.

Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

I didn’t want to use my heat gun until all dried completely so I decided to let the rest to dry on its own and think about what can I do to decorate my board with . Lucky for me I had a metal butterfly that I purchased from Dollar Tree while back. I think it will be perfect but I wanted to give a small makeover so it would fit my home decor


Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly DIY is a must project o make

Dollar Tree BUTTERFLY diy MAKEOVER you can see below in my VIDEO with quick recap of Paint Crackle Process



Here are just some close up pictures from completed project

Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly DIY is a must project o make

So, what do you think? Easy, RIGHT? Well now that you have it all figured out and got the how to on crackling paint with Elmer’s glue, the only thing left to do is to find your next painting project!! Happy crafting my friends! 

Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly DIY is a must project o make

I adore the way my Butterly accent my little vignette… simply fits perfectly with my other Dollar Tree projects. I can’t wait to share with you my Shabby Chick drawers tutorial tomorrow so make sure to stop by to see that DIY.

Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly DIY is a must project o make

Don’t you think my CREPE PAPER PEONIES FIT this vignette perfectly ?



Look at those beautiful Crackled pieces that I found on Amazon


This whole new technique quickly became my little obsession .. I see crackle everywhere now … My daughter just made few summer printable which you can download FREE and have fun it with.


Here is crackle effect on one of those printables that I made on the paper. It is such a fun technique to try.


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It really is my little obsession… Love to master that technique . HERE you can see more details about that jar



This cake stand is my latest ” TRY” on crackle paint. it may not worked the best but I truly like it. We love to try new things up in our Sassy Napkin Club. If you love to DECOUPAGE and like to Join our super fun Napkin Club leave you email HERE so you can get notified when Sassy Napkin Doors are open up for new Members


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Those drawers in the picture perfectly go together with my new project. if you like to learn how to make that easy project out of picture frames make sure to read more about that HERE


How to build Shabby Chic Drawers

Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly DIY is a must project o make

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Learn how you can use Elmer's glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly DIY is a must project o make

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Learn how you can use Elmers glue to crackle paint on the wood? This Dollar Tree butterfly diy is a must project o make

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