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Distressed Crackled Vintage Map

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Using a map poster, a piece of plywood and some One Step Crackle, this beautiful piece of artwork was born. I’ll show you how to use decoupage and a little antiquing gel to get this great look.

You may have seen a couple other projects I made with this One Step Crackle. I made this Vintage Crackled Flower Pot and these Vintage Crackled Cherub Ornaments I really love this stuff, there are so many possibilities!

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Funny thing is, this map was the first project I made with the One Step Crackle. So I actually learned a thing or two from this project.

1) The thicker the application, the larger the cracks
2) Cover all areas or you’ll get sections without any crackle which can look strange after the stain is applied

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

You may notice #2 above in some of these shots.

Just an FYI: Both Plaid and DecoArt carry similar products. Plaid makes Mod Podge and DecoArt makes a decoupage medium simply called Decoupage. Both companies make a one step crackle product, though I’ve been using DecoArt’s. I only used Plaid’s one step crackle once and it didn’t work for me. I haven’t tried it again, so it could have been the way I applied it. I will try it again some day, but for now, I know that DecoArt’s works, and works well, so I am more than happy to recommend it to you.

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaroOverall though I love how the map turned out! Here’s a quick before and after. I found the map at a flea market for $5.00, but I’ve seen similar maps online for around $15.00.

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I started by painting a piece of plywood brown, then I painted the edges, about 4-inches inward from the edges, which an antique white. I only painted the edges because the map will be covering the center. I sanded the edges to reveal all the edges and corner and to reveal some of the brown beneath the antique white, to give it a distressed look.

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I wanted the map to look old. I decided to tear all of the edges, I didn’t want any straight sides at all. I was concerned about having issues decoupaging the entire piece without bubbles, so I decided to tear it into sections. I numbered the section on the back of the map pieces and corresponded them to sections on the board, just to keep it all straight. Once each piece was decoupaged onto the board, I added a coat over the top of everything.

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Once it was dry, I was ready to add the One Step Crackle. I used a large decoupaging brush to apply it. When you apply this product you don’t want to overwork it. Apply once, maybe smooth it quickly with another stroke and that’s it. No more. The more you work it, the less chance of the crackle working. let the crackle dry according to the bottle directions. Next you’ll apply a stain. I used a brown paint mixed with antiquing gel. Apply and wipe back. This will leave the stain in the cracks.

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaroSee? :)

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

I had it hanging in my bedroom, but decided to move it to the living room so that it would be seen more. I love the way it looks next to my world clock and against our new wall paint color!

Make a Distressed Crackled Vintage Map from a poster! CraftsbyAmanda.com @amandaformaro

Hope you like it and it inspires you to try one Step Crackle, it’s a lot of fun!

Distressed Crackled Vintage Map

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Distressed Crackled Vintage Map

What you need:

  • Map poster
  • Plywood to fit poster
  • Brown and Antique White acrylic paint
  • Decoupage medium
  • One Step Crackle
  • Antiquing gel

What you do:

  1. Paint plywood brown and paint edges with Antique White. Sand edges to distress.
  2. Tear all edges of map poster and decoupage onto the plywood. Apply a coat of decoupage over entire map.
  3. When dry, apply One Step Crackle according to the bottle directions. Allow to dry.
  4. Mix brown paint with antiquing gel and apply over the top of the map, wiping back with a clean cloth.
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20 Responses to Distressed Crackled Vintage Map

  1. 1

    This is seriously gorgeous Amanda! I love the crackle finish on it! It looks ancient!

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    Amanda says:

    Hi , I am curious if you can get the same results with using a heavy flat piece of cardboard as a backing instead of plywood . It would of course be lighter and perhaps a lot cheaper ? I was also thinking of adding a frame. You have great ideas and I love your how to posts. Keep up the good work !

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      Amanda says:

      Hi jess :) Yes, I’m sure you could use the cardboard and it would be cheaper, though plywood is VERY inexpensive. About $4 for a piece this size. The only problem I could foresee with the cardboard would be how smooth, or not smooth, it is. You may be able to see the corrugated layers beneath the surface, if that makes sense?

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    Amanda says:

    So cool! Such great step by steps too!

  4. 4

    This is a great tutorial. I have been wanting to add a world map to my home, but I really like your distressed version better. Thank you for this tutorial. I can’t wait to try it out sometime. =)

  5. 5

    I have been keeping my eye out for an interesting old map, to do something just like this. Thank you so much for taking the guess work out of how I should do it. I love how this turned out!

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    Kristen says:

    This is so neat, Amanda! What a beautiful piece of art.

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    artsnark says:

    great tutorial & fun piece

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    Abby says:

    Very lovely art! The crackle adds such a unique element

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    Lindsey says:

    Love this project! Just have a questions about when you tore the map? Did you tear the entire thing and piece it back together on the board? Or just along the edges?

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