How to make a crackle-effect star ornament

Posted: 26th Oct 2015

When we spotted Sophie's beautiful stars in her shop, Sophie Shabby Finds, we just had to ask how she makes them – and she's kindly shared the tutorial for you here! Read on to discover Sophie's simple step-by-step and get a head-start on your Christmas crafting.

'I started my brand to share my love of upcycling and all things shabby chic. I first started upcycling a few years ago now when I was introduced to Annie Sloan chalk paint, and I’ve never looked back! 

I’m here today to show you how to make vintage style crackle star ornaments. They look fab at Christmas but are not too festive, so you can leave them up all year round to enjoy! I have done mine in gold but any spray paint colour will look lovely. Try a bold blue or violet instead for a pop of on trend colour.'

You will need:

MDF star shapes (I found mine on eBay)
Tester pot of white or pale emulsion
Gold spray paint
Crackle glaze
White paint


1. Grab an old pot of white emulsion or any pale colour tester pots you have lying around and paint your star on one side. (This will be the colour that will crackle and show through).

2. Lightly brush a thin layer of crackle glaze over the painted side of you star and leave to dry – I have tried without this step but it doesn’t seem to work without! Then spray over the top with  gold spray paint and leave to dry for a few minutes.

3. Now it’s time to get crackling! Pour some of the crackle glaze into the lid and dribble it over the star in a random pattern. You will start to see the effect take place almost immediately and the white will be revealed.

4. Once the crackle glaze has fully dried, turn over your star and spray the back and sides in gold. Repeat with the other star. And there you have it – a beautiful set of handmade vintage-style crackle stars!

'You can buy these stars on my website, as well as my full range of upcycled shabby chic furniture and home accessories. I’d love it if you tweeted my your upcycling pics – I’m @SophieShabby.'