Gold Leaf DIY


A plain container or bowl (I’m using my favorite rabbit ring holder)

Gold Leaf

Soft brush

Adhesive and sealant for the gold leaf (You kind find this at most craft stores)

You can use this to spruce up any kind of decorative bowl or container. I don’t recommend it for cups or bowls you eat out of though.

1. Start off with your plain bowl/container. I love this container and if I ever cut back on rings, I don’t want it to look too bland.

2. Make sure bowl is clean and dry.

3. Coat the bottom of the bowl with adhesive. Don’t leave any puddles, and wait about an hour for it to get tacky. The kind I used starts off milky white and dries totally clear. I’m covered the entire bottom, but you can do any design you like.

4. Lay down the gold leaf. I used some tweezers so the leaf wouldn’t stick to my fingertips. Gold leaf is very delicate. Once you lay it down, pat it gently with a soft bristled brush to get good contact with the adhesive. Be gentle because the gold leaf will flake off if you’re too rough!

5. Brush on the sealant so your leaf won’t chip off. I applied two coats, allowing the first to dry completely before adding the second.

6. Tah-dah! All done! I like mine to look a little distressed, so I left some white patches, but it would look good fully coated too.

I’d gold leaf everything if I could, but for right now I just touched up this little number. I have a ton of metal leaf in different colors leftover from when I used to paint a lot more, so if you’re not into gold, they make silver, red, green, you name it they probably have it.

Have fun!

2 thoughts on “Gold Leaf DIY

  1. Eryn Wong says:

    nice jewellery plate :)

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