This Diy Faux Leather Cross With Wings was a special order that I received. I was asked to paint the larger cross so that it would resemble leather
Diy Faux Leather Cross
I never having painted anything to look like leather before, so for my Diy Faux Leather Cross, I of course turned to my good friend Google, LOL. You can find out how to do just about anything on Google.
First draw the wings on a piece of plywood. Cut out, and sand.
I forgot to take this picture, but now paint the wings with antique white. Need to coats to cover. Let dry thoroughly between each coat. Then float burnt umber around the edges. Once dry sand the edges to give it a rustic worn look.
Prime the large cross with gesso.
Apply the antique gold for the undercoating of the painted leather technique.
Mix up a small portion of Mod Podge (1 part) and burnt umber (2 parts). Mix well. Now grab one of the plastic bags and dip into the mixture and start dabbing onto your cross. Continue until you have the cross coated. Then turn your bag inside out for a clean part, and go back over it while it’s still wet, dabbing to remove any excessive paint.
Once dry mix up another small portion of Mod Podge, and burnt umber. This time using less Mod Podge, and a little more burnt umber. Get a clean plastic bag and repeat the process above until covered. Let dry, and if needed apply another coat. The less Mod Podge, and more burnt umber used will make the cross darker. But you do need some Mod Podge for the glaze.
Once you get the cross how you want it, and its dry. Mark off where you want the decorative tacks, and then drill small holes to get the tacks started, so not to split your cross when you hammer them in.
Now it’s time to assemble your cross with wings using gorilla glue, and it only takes a little bit, because it swells up (found that out the hard way). I did nothing to the little cross; I liked it just the way it was.
Here is the cross sitting in my leather chair. I thought that I was getting it darker then it actually turned out, but I am still happy with how it looks.
How do you like my faux leather cross with wings? Have you ever painted anything on wood to resemble leather? If so, I would really like to see how your’s turned out.
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Supplies Needed For My Diy Faux Leather Cross
Wings cut from plywood
Antique gold acrylic paint
Burnt umber acrylic paint
Antique white acrylic paint
Mod Podge(affiliate) Great stuff!
Couple plastic grocery bags
Decorative tacks(affiliate) These are similar to the ones I used.
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Nikki Frank-Hamilton says
Linda, you did a great job, it really looks like leather, and the nailhead trim is really cool. I’m glad you left the last heart as is, I really like the pop of blue and the wire trim. This turned out so pretty, I’m sure your client was extremely happy! I would be!
Linda @ Mixed Kreations says
Thank you Nikki! I looked up some technique’s on my friend Google (-; Then tried some out and it worked. I love the blue on the other heart as well, and my client loved it.
Your cross is beautiful Linda and the technique looks amazing. I’m definitely going to have to give it a try. I love the texture you’ve created with the plastic bag and Mod Podge, it really adds to the leather look and feel.
Linda @ Mixed Kreations says
Thank you Michelle! This technique is so easy, and it really does resemble the look of leather.