These bicycle themed DIY bookends are perfect for spring – add floral paper with decoupage medium and a crackle finish. So fun!
Are you ready for spring? We definitely are around here – no so much because of the cold, but because of the rain! I've had this bookends kit from Kaisercraft for a loooong time . . . but just hadn't had a chance to decorate them yet. I decided it was finally time.
I decided to customize my bicycle bookends kit using scrapbook paper and decoupage medium. But after I did that, I wanted to add a special touch that I don't use that often but like – crackle.
I really like the way crackle gives an interesting touch to a project AND reveals a secondary color below the top layer.
Keep reading to make this project!
Gather These Supplies
- Wood bookends (mine are from Kaisercraft)
- Mod Podge Satin
- Acrylic paint – Orange, Warm White, Coastal Blue
- FolkArt Crackle Medium
- Scrapbook paper – 1 sheet
- Scissors or craft knife
- Craft glue
When I first saw these bicycle bookends, I knew I had to have them! So easy to decoupage.
Use the pencil to trace the bookends on your scrapbook paper. You just need paper facing the outside – so trace each piece of the bookend one time. Then cut out and set aside.
Paint the wood bicycle pieces with Warm White – I also painted the sides of the bookend pieces that would be facing the outside with the same color.
This is especially important if your paper is thinner. If you were to paint the bookends completely orange, then that color might show through your paper, so it's better to back those sides with white.
Paint the other sides orange (or whatever color coordinates with your paper). Let all of your pieces dry.
On top of the wood bicycle pieces, you'll paint the Crackle Medium on top. Let dry for about 1 – 2 hours (or whatever your particular bottle instructions say).
When the crackle medium is dry, paint your contrasting color all over the bicycle pieces. And then it's amazing – the crackling starts!!!
You don't brush over the area repeatedly, you only brush over in one direct with a medium coat of paint (you don't want to ruin what just crackled). Do this over both wood bicycle pieces . . . paint them completely and let dry.
Then decoupage the pieces of paper down with your Mod Podge. Let dry 15 – 20 minutes.
Glue all of the pieces together with the craft glue, and give a coat of Mod Podge to seal the paper and the bicycle.
Your DIY bookends are “fini”!!
And here's a closer look at the crackle medium. I'm a big fan of the look!
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