Fabric Wall Art with Crackle Finish Frames

Sometimes the best projects come from items found in the dollar store.  And the best part is that it looks so much more expensive than that!

easy fabric wall art

I love to create art from inexpensive items, and with a few dollar store frames, some fun fabric and my easy technique for creating a crackle finish with supplies that you most likely already have in your home, this project comes to life quickly!

Want to know how?

For this project I used:

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3 Dollar Store wooden frames
Pretty fabric scraps
Mod Podge
Navy Blue Acrylic Paint
Off White Acrylic Paint
White School Glue

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Begin by painting all the frames with the navy blue acrylic paint.  Allow them to dry.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 I went for the nautical look on this project, but any great fabric that makes you smile will work.

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Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Cut sections of the fabric to fit over your photo backs, with about a 1/4 inch overlap.  Paint the photo back with Mod Podge and lay the fabric over top.  Fold the fabric over the edges and mod podge it to the backside.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 To “crackle finish” the frames, you will need white school glue and off-white acrylic paint.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Paint a good coating of white school glue onto the frame, covering all surfaces of the blue frame.

Framed Fabric Wall Art

 Do not allow the glue to dry before going to the next step.  Apply a good coating of off-white acrylic paint over top of the wet glue.  Allow to dry.

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Framed Fabric Wall Art

 After just a few minutes, you can start to see the crackling effect taking place.  Allow your project to dry overnight.

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 This project cost me a total of $3.00!  I love that kind of art!

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  • Danielle May 10, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Such a great idea, and super easy! thanks for sharing at Idea Box.

  • Akaleistar May 8, 2015, 2:17 pm

    What a fantastic idea! The pictures look great 🙂

  • heaven May 8, 2015, 12:34 am

    Great idea! Those would be perfect in a themed bathroom or playroom. Pinned! Stopping by from Worthwhile Wednesday.

  • Dori May 7, 2015, 12:24 pm

    What a fun project! Love the fact that it is simple but also unique!

  • Bridget/The Recipe Wench May 6, 2015, 2:11 pm

    Wow! So easy even I could do it! I love this. Great post — thank you so much for sharing at the Inspire Me Monday’s Link-Up!

  • Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts May 5, 2015, 5:05 pm

    I love your art! The fabric is perfect since you were able to get three different pieces from it. You should make and submit your own art how-to to their magazine. I’m sure they are always looking for creative people, and you’re definitely one!

  • Trish May 4, 2015, 10:54 pm

    This is so cool and so pretty. I love it.

  • LaFawne June 24, 2014, 10:06 pm

    any ideas if the crackle paint will last as long as the more expensive kind? Just curious if anyone has used this method in the past-

    • Susan Myers June 27, 2014, 1:21 pm

      The paint seems to be just as good as any regular crackle paint. I usually add a coat of clear sealant to any specialty paint job just to ensure it lasts. The frames in this tutorial were done about a year ago and still look great. Hope that helps!


  • Katie July 11, 2013, 5:00 pm

    Awesome can’t wait to try it.

  • Monica July 10, 2013, 7:43 am

    So cool that regular white glue can be used for the crackling effect! Looks like a great magazine!

    • Susan Myers July 14, 2013, 1:30 pm

      The magazine was great! And you know me, I love to go with the cheap methods! Ha!

  • Paula July 10, 2013, 7:18 am

    this is cool, I like the way you crackled the frame so easy and didnt have to use expensive stuff to do it with. like the pattern on the material !!!!

    • Susan Myers July 14, 2013, 1:29 pm

      Thanks, Paula! This project was so fun and easy, I will most likely be making more. 🙂

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