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Awesome Cracked Faux Leather Craft Project! Great Process To Make Crafts For The Guys! EASY, Inexpensive & Versatile!

Please click on the following link to see my full YouTube tutorial on how to make this awesome project:

This craft process has actually been around for a number of years, however, I thought it was a craft worth repeating! It's inexpensive, easy and you can make a number of different things using this process. Plus, the kids can get involved! Click on the video above for a visual as to how the process is done or see below for instructions.

Materials Needed:

*High Adhesion Masking Tape (Walmart)
*Kiwi Brown Color Shine Shoe Polish in the Bottle (Walmart)
*Mod Podge (Gloss)
*Sponge Brush
*Craft Blade (if needed)
*Scrapbooking letters or embellishments (optional)
*Acrylic Paint (if needed)

1. Tear small pieces of the high-adhesion masking tape and overlap the pieces in various directions onto your project. In this case, my project was a glass vase from the Dollar Tree.
2. If you are doing a wide open vase like above, you can take your craft blade and cut away the excess tape on the inside rim. I then gave the inside 4 coats of acrylic paint and 1 coat of Mod Podge. If you are making a box, you won't have to do this step. You can use the masking tape method on the inside. The only reason I had to do this step was because I was working on a wide-mouthed vase.
3. Place 2 coats of the Kiwi shoe polish on the tape and make "wiping motions" Allow to dry in between coats. Allow it set overnight and the polish will "do it's thing" by creeping into the outer cracks of the masking tape.
4. Apply 2-3 coats of Mod Podge (gloss) with a sponge brush. Allow to dry in between coats.
5. Optional: Add scrapbooking letters to spell out the person's name or add embellishments of your choice.
I also used an 18 karat gold leafing pen around the top rim of the vase. I probably won't do that again for this particular vase project, however, you may want this look.

Have fun with this project! Use your imagination for all sorts of projects you can make for the guys, such as making valet boxes, docking stations, remote control holders or office desk sets for men. You may want to use this look on a picture frame, vase, pendant, etc. for the ladies. One thing I love about this project is that you can create this look on any, wood, cardboard...and more! You could also use this process on the clay pot faux bubblegum machine project that I posted on this site. All kinds of ideas!


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