Monday, February 11, 2013

Crackle Sign DIY - Candy Bar

  Last October my youngest son, Joe, got married and his fiancé, Sue, was planning a Candy Bar for the reception.  I raised my hand and volunteered to make the sign for the Candy Bar.

I bought a precut piece of pine wood with a nice shape and routed edges and painted the first coat brown.  This first color is the color that you will see in the cracks when finished.

Crackle Medium

When painting the Crackle Medium on, be generous and don't paint it on thin.  The thicker the layer of crackle, the larger the cracks will be.  I learned this through experience!

Next, after the Crackle Medium is completely dry, paint on the top coat color.  Miracuoulsy, as you paint the color on top, the paint will start cracking. Do this step quickly and keep painting.  I found it hard to "fix" the part that messed up, so paint it on quickly with long strokes.

The larger cracks are where the crackle medium was put on heavier and you can see how the cracks are smaller where the crackle medium was spread thinner.

I made the words on the computer to the exact size I wanted them on the sign.

Turn the paper over and using the side on the lead on the pencil, color the back heavily where the letters are.

Lay the paper on the board and trace hard around the outline of the letters.  This will leave the pencil marking on the back and a slight groove in the wood for your outline to paint the letters.

I used the same method to put the letters on for "Love is Sweet" or you can just write them on with your pencil.

The Candy Bar looked awesome at the reception!  Sue purchased different sized jars, wrapped them in purple ribbon and attached their monogram.

Smaller mason jars were filled with candy for guests to take as a favor.  Half the jars were empty so guests could fill them themselves with their favorites! 

Needless to say, the Candy Bar was loved by all!  One guest even chose to take his favorite, Starbursts - the whole big jar and all the candy!! Lol!

~ Darlene

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  1. This is outstanding! Not only the wedding candy bar spread but your sign is lovely!!!! Very creative lady!!! Love it...oh and those mason jars are adorable!!!!

  2. What a fun and creative sign! Thanks so much for the tutorial - it's been awhile since I've crackled anything, but I do remember it being fun. Sitting and watching the paint dry takes on a whole new meaning!

  3. Cute idea, I love having some jars filled and others empty so your guest could either grab one or do their own. The sign looked great!

  4. Super cute Darlene! I love crackle paint :) my mom used it on a dresser once. Thanks for linking up to The Weekly Creative!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  5. Such a great reception idea. I love the sign too. Thanks for showing how it is done. It came out great.
    Thanks for sharing at Funday Monday too!

  6. This looks awesome! What a great table.. and the sign makes it~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  7. I love the sign you made........just a great idea. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  8. Awesome sign! Thanks for the inspiration! Pinning it:D

  9. I love that sign! It turned out so cute, thanks for sharing.

  10. Fabulous job on the sign. It works perfectly

  11. Oh my gosh!! This is sooooo cute!! I love love it!!! I invite you to be a guest blogger if you are interested :) I also hope you link and share with my followers-

  12. This is just adorable! I love the idea for having a candy bar at the reception! The sign just makes the display!

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    Jenna @

  13. Beautiful sign. I love signs but have enver made my own...perhaps after seeing yours I'll give it a try! Thanks for posting...came over from Kendra's party at Kreative Creationz!

  14. What a fun idea. I just love your sign.

  15. Hi, Darlene.... I see you have another great post! I love how weddings have changed over the years and are more fun and relaxed. With the emphasis on just being yourself rather than doing a show. Anyway, the board you made for the sweets table is fabulous! The sugar high those guests were getting only made for a better reception. Now.. what candy would I choose????!!

  16. When I first saw your post photo, I was wondering where you found that great sign. Then, I clicked on the photos and realized that you had made it - wow! That is fantastic and so clever. I really like the ideas of the Mason jars to take home. I am sure everyone had a sweet time at that party!

  17. I love the sign. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. Hope to see you at next weeks party!

  18. I'm going to be featuring your post on this week's Clever Chicks Blog Hop, so please feel free to grab a Featured button!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  19. Hello Friend! Guess what? THIS lovely post will be featured at Smart School House for Whimsy Wednesday! The new party and your feature will go live later today. See you soon!

    Kelly from Smart School House

  20. Darlene, I just love this project! My house is filled with different quote signs and now I know how to make my own. Thanks for sharing at Crafty Thursday Obsessions!

  21. Hi Darlene,
    we are a public school in Germany (Bavaria).
    One of our subjects is running a training company (selling typical american sweets and beverages) reflecting economic reality in the form of a model for school education.
    The students have chosen the company name „American Store GmbH“.

    This year their task was to create a new catalog. We use it only for school training purposes.
    In this catalog the students would like to use your your image "Candy bar. Love is sweet".
    We love your blog.
    Have a sweet day wishes from bavaria (Germany

    We look forward to hearing from you.

    1. Marga,

      Please contact me through my email at

      Looking forward to hearing from you!

      ~ Darlene