I truly LOVED this project so much! I made quite a few of them! I made sure to take a TON of pictures so you could see the process and know you are NOT crazy!
Here is your supply list - This project was COMPLETELY FREE for me!
1. wood pieces - I found mine in our fire pit ready to be burned!
2. Craft acrylic paint and brushes.
3. glue - elmers plain ole glue
4. a piece of wood big enough to put in the back and be the anchor.
The process -
SO - many sites will tell you to do the vinegar soak for 24 hours to age them. I did that and what a waste of time. My wood was in a fire pit for 4 months - HELLO THEY ARE ALREADY AGED!!! lol I only suggest doing the vinegar wash if you don't plan on painting the wood. Otherwise it is 24 hours of waiting you wont get back.
2. Pick two colors you are going to use. I chose brown and tan.
Paint the base coat a DARKER color. You need to wait until it is DRY before you move on. See to the right how dark compared to the real wood color? To the left is the entire top coat and me waiting impatiently for it to dry.
3. Paint a THICK coat of elmers glue on top of the dry base coat. This elmers that I had was from an old mom and pop shop my fil gave me and it had to be 20 years old - NO.LIE.
4. RIGHT before it dries and it tacky to the touch, paint your top coat. Mine was tan. See to the right?
I thought for sure my wood was ruined! But, like stinking magic it started to "crackle".
5. The picture here shows it about 20 minutes later. I saw bubbles and thought OH NO! Whatever you do, DON'T touch it. I suggest you leave it for 24 hours. I was impatient - told you - and I touched the little bit that hadn't dried. It makes me crazy to see that little "ding" I put in it.
7. I took white paint and started "hand painting" the sayings that I wanted. I was going to stencil or use a font, but I thought this was more original.