Gold Honey Bear Vase D.I.Y.

Gold Honey Bear Vase DIYEmma and I recently purchased a Gold Leaf Starter Kit and did a little experimenting! My first project was these gold honey bears! I thought they would make cute vases. Originally, I planned to spray paint them (either white or gold) but I thought I would give gold leafing a try. 

Golden Honey Bear Vase Steps1.Supplies Needed- Gold Leaf Starter Kit, 2 Honey bottles in small and large (I purchased mine locally at Honey Heaven, but you can find similar bottles at most grocery stores), foam brush and paint brush. 2. Coat your bottle with adhesive and allow it to dry. When dry it will be super sticky and ready for the gold. 3. Adhere sheets of gold leafing and use a foam brush to gently press each sheet into the shape of the bottle. Gold leafing is messy. Expect to repeat this step several times to achieve full coverage. 4. Use sealer as a top coat on your design. Allow sealer to dry completely before using. Enjoy! 

Gold Honey Bear Vase DIY from A Beautiful MessI'm so happy with my little project! The gold leaf was a little more time consuming than spray paint, but I love the textured finish! I am excited to display these little his + her vases in my new home. 

Check back later today for Emma's project using gold leaf! XO. elsie

  • I adore this project! I’ve never heard of this before, but I’m willing to undertake the mess to get this look! I can think of a hundred different uses for this gold leaf stuff, and I’ve just now been introduced to it. Your project turned out so neat! Love. Love. Love!

    Thanks for sharing,

  • Eeeh. I just realised my parents have a large, glass, old teddy-bear peanut butter jar from the early 90s they store old coins in! Next time I’m visiting the parents I know what I’ll be taking off their hands! Hehe. xo L
    Thanks Elsie!

  • That’s such a darling idea! I don’t eat honey, but I might have to get a bottle and have someone eat it for me, then give me the bottle so I can try this.


  • Love these! Just started reading your blog. Love it 🙂


  • You’re a genius! All those little project with the daily things. I love it!

    xx Sari

  • That’s so cute & different!


  • hi. i am an avid reader and have been for a couple months now. i was wondering if this would work on glass? i have some vintage milk bottles that i think would look cool with gold leaf. 🙂 i do like the honey bears and i’m pretty sure there is one in my cabinet. 🙂

  • OMG – great idea, and HOW CUTE!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Oh my gosh! these are so cute! i have to try this! lovely!

  • You gals are so crafty! I was just wondering if you knew if this gold leaf stuff would work on paper? I make invitations and this would be the perfect touch!


  • Super cute, I just wanted to let you know I linked to this on my blog today!


  • A little bit kitschy, but funny 😀

  • omg!!! soooo cute!! my daughter is going to love this!! thank you this blog opens the flood gates of creativity!!!

  • That is such an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing!
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  • I absolutely love this! It is so creative and it looks really nice. Would be perfect for a gift for someone who just got married as well! Thanks for posting, great idea!

  • OMG this is SO creative! I love it! I want to keep my honey jar now!

  • These are so cute. They’d look beautiful in a childs room… Out of reach of course.

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  • This vases are adorable!
    And the texture is so cute, you are right about it in relation with spray, love your project!

  • they are so cute! love it. now i just have to find a bear jar in the UK!


  • I never tried gold leafing…seeing your results it might be worth!

  • I couldn’t help thinking how honey-ish they look. Maybe that was the point. So glammy.
    Catherine Denton

  • This is SUCH a brilliant idea. Why hasn’t anyone done this before? I’m posting about this on my blog, hope that’s alright.

  • Hi there, Lisa. The bottles are plastic. Glass would be cool, but I’ve never come across that.
    XO! elsie

  • This is so cute! I have pinned this DIY to my to do projects board to complete in uni break.
    I might fill the bottom with a bit of cement to stop them toppling over though.
    Thanks for the great idea

    Becky K.

  • omfg. this is the most awesome diy, ever. thank you! i can’t wait to make some. you guys rock <3

  • Love these! I have an undeniable obsession with everyday shapes made of unexpected materials (ie a paper bag made of ceramic). If you decided to add something to the space for a label on the front of the bears, I vote for a white heart 🙂

  • Ahhh this is the cutest!
    xo Heather

  • these are amazing decorating accessories, great post!


  • Cute jars!! I love spray painting things gold to give them a new life. I live near the beach and always bring stones and shells home for that purpose. I’m also addicted to spraying pine cones gold too.

  • From a blah honey bottle to a very fancy one! 🙂 Such a brilliant idea!!! Thanks for sharing, Emma and Elsie!


  • These are great but did you realize you took this idea from the presentable blog? She did hers a little different but basically the same idea………

  • They need to start stocking those bear honey bottles in England because they’re so darn cute!
    Love what you did with them

    x Lisa

  • This is such a great idea! and finally something that I can do.

  • That’s a great idea! I’ve actually seen it on another blog before! Here’s the link:

  • this is such a cute idea. i’ve always loved those little honey jars and wanted a way to make them cute enough to display. i bet this would also be good for old perfume bottles. definitely going to have to try this out, thanks!

  • ok I have to say it’s one of the best DIY ideas I’ve ever seen!!!
    I love it
    it’s so designed
    it looks like it was bought at a home designer store

  • Hi Elsie and Emma! I love your blog, I get soo much inspiration from you! I was wondering wether or not you could help me with one of my own projects, pretty please? You see, I have this amazing fabric (aztic style) and I want to sew a skirt out of it. Problem is, I have no idea how 🙁 could you maybe make a sewing pattern or something for a sircular skirt above the knee ?

    You’re awesome,and btw adorable vases!

    Love from Norway

  • These are great! They would look awesome for a modern bohemian style wedding!

  • So cute I totally need to do this for my kitchen window… Maybe in rose gold!!!

  • Oh awesome!
    I saw these on another blog as well, check it out.

  • I’ve painted those wee bears with spray paint & the rectangle that used to hold the label with chalkboard paint to make the vases customized for the occasion (like writing Happy Bday Honey on it…I’ll have to do a tutorial for it}, but I never thought of covering them with gold leaf!

  • I’ve done some architectural gold leafing, while working at historic sites, and I have one top tip (besides “Don’t breathe the adhesive fumes OMG”). To use your gold efficiently, you’ll want to try to line up each sheet of leaf to the area covered with the last sheet (like you’re doing a grid, if they’re square sheets like lots of brands are) but inevitably you will mis-align some, leaving randomly shaped bits of gold leaf on the backing sheet. SAVE THESE, because you will also inevitably leave little bits of adhesive uncovered. Use the random leftovers to fill in.

  • You have such fun, cute, and original ideas. I would never have thought honey bears would look good in gold leaf.

  • Great idea. I wouldn’t have expected that result!

  • Yeah they are cute. But I believe I saw these a couple of months ago on

  • I love the idea of these little bears covered by gold !
    You girls make an amazing work on this blog.

  • That’s the cutest DIY ever!! Check out my blog for DIY’s, art and interior posts if you need some inspo!

  • These are so cute! I never would have thought to use honey bear bottles as vases, but I love them! I’m also excited to try gold leaf – the texture is so pretty.

  • oh hey next crafternoon project. I hope the men from the recycling center can hook a lady up.

  • This looks super fun! And they turned out lovely! Cant wait to see more.

  • and now I’ll have to consume a whole bottle to make my own… it is too cute! 🙂

  • So freakin’ cute! I’m tempted to poor all my honey down the sink so I can do this NOW!

  • I love the texture of them compared to spray painting. Great idea using bears – so unexpected but so adorable!


  • Ah, those are so cute! The flowers you put in them are just perfect too;)

  • Ah awesome! I haven’t tried leafing before, gold spray paint though, yes. 🙂

  • Oh they turned out so well! They’re really cute. The gold leaf sounds like a really interesting thing to try out.

  • Very cute! Dunno whether leafing takes paint or not, but if it does, their bellies where the labels were would be a great spot for messages of some sort.

  • I love reusing food containers and boxes, so this is a great idea for me. – I’d probably just spray paint them though. I’m too lazy to mess with the gold leaf i think. lol

    – tianna 🙂

  • These look amazing and so kitsch! Let’s see if I can find pots or bottles like that! 🙂

  • Your minds are so creative I can barely wrap mine around all these great ideas! Love this 🙂 I just did the pillow diy and felt strangely empowered after, haha. Can’t wait to try some more!

  • Elsie and Emma how do you keep coming up with all of these unique and fab ideas? Kudos to you, love this – so original!

  • Such a cute DIY! Definately following now.. loving this blog already 🙂


  • The combination of cute bear and gold is so unexpected. Strange, but I think the gold makes their smiles look cheeky.

    A really happy project that’s cheered up a dreary English afternoon. Thanks!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  • holy cow could y’all be any cuter? this is the most awesome twist on the gold mason jar trend

  • I love this idea. My mind is already racing on how I can change this up for my taste. Thanks.

  • That is so cute but I think you don´t get those honey bears here where I live :/

  • Those are darling! What a cute idea! 🙂


  • This is so cute! I love that the vases are bears; it’s so unique! And the gold leaf looks awesome 🙂


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