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Crackling Spooky Sign

By: Crazy Little Projects
October 4, 2013

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Crackling Spooky Sign
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When I visited the DecoArt headquarters last month and was trained on using all of their paints my mind was left reeling with project ideas. One paint I knew I HAD to try on a project was the crackle paint. The stuff is amazing!

I figured crackle went perfectly with Halloween, so I made a fun Spooky Sign with Crackle Paint.

Items needed:

  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Buttermilk
  • Americana Acrylics 2oz - Lamp (Ebony) Black
  • Perfect Crackle 2oz - Perfect Crackle (Carded)
  • Wood Sign
  • Paint Brush
  • Vinyl or contact paper for the lettering


To make this sign, first I painted the drawer front with the Buttermilk paint.

Instruction #1 - Step1paint
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Once that was completely dry I placed my lettering on it. I cut mine out with a cutting machine but you can also use an exacto knife or scissors. Find a font you like and use that as a template. This font that I used is Mistral.

Instruction #2 - Lettering41
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Now paint he black paint over the top and allow that to dry.

Then, paint a layer with the Step 1 of the Crackle paint. Let that dry completely. Then add a thick layer of Step 2. When step 2 begins to dry you will start to see crackles in your paint. Pretty fun!

Instruction #3 - Upclosecrackle
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Have fun making this sign for Halloween!

Instruction #4 - Bewaresign47
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Be sure to visit Crazy Little Projects  for more projects and to learn more about Amber.


Hi, I'm using Crackle One Step on wood over acrylic paint but it isn't getting the crackle affect. Can you tell me what I could be doing wrong?


February 5, 2015

Do not overwork. Apply a generous coat and leave it alone. It will self-level and crackle. (If you brush back and forth too much or try to brush it out smoothly like you would a varnish, it may not crackle at all.)


February 6, 2015

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