More Adventures in Gold Leafing

Tips for gold leafingI've wanted to try gold leafing for a while now too. It's always fun to try something new! After we picked up a gold leafing kit from a local craft shop. I read the instructions (this is key if you're new to something. Even though I am often tempted to skip this step!) and checked out the manufacturers website for any tips.Gold leaf make up standThis is a slightly different application to the Honey Bear vases we created. I wanted to try something that wasn't a full coverage look. Some designs worked better than others, as you can see. Here's what I did and what I learned from it:Gold leafing tutorial1. Supplies: gold leafing kit (this included metal papers, adhesive and sealer), items to embellish (I picked up a mini cake stand and double bowl from TJ Maxx), soft paint brush and sponge. 2. Using your paint brush, add adhesive in the design you choose. Allow to dry until it becomes tacky then lay a thin layer of gold leaf over it. Pat it down with your sponge or your finger. Gold leaf can easily chip or smudge, but don't get frustrated. Have patience. 3. Allow to dry and then gently brush off excess gold leaf with a (clean) soft paint brush or sponge. I tried both and had better luck with the sponge. 4. Apply the sealer over your design and allow to dry.How to gold leafTips for first time gold leaf users (like me).

-Choose a design that will look good messy. Gold leaf is not easy to work with so you will probably have a few chips or smudges when you are done. This can add a lot of charm! If you really want clean edges you might try painting instead.

-If the gold leaf sticks to your hands too much stop and go wash your hands. There's a good chance you got a little adhesive on your hands, or the oils are sticking to the leaf. Clean, dry hands work best.

-You can fix holes in your design after by apply a tiny bit more adhesive and adding gold leaf again. So don't despair if your first attempt isn't "perfect."
White and gold make up stand-Practice on a damaged or thrifted item first. It's best to get a feel for the supplies if you've never used them before. I practiced on a chipped mug I was planning to throw out anyway and this really helped me to see how the gold leafing was going to turn out, so I adjusted my original design idea.
-For this kind of application designs with small areas work best. For example, the small ridged edge of the bowl above (left side) worked much better as a design idea than the long stripes design (right side).
-Items will not be dishwasher or food safe. I created items for my bedroom, to hold rings and perfume. You could also make a fancy soap dish or tooth brush holder. But do not plan to create dishes to eat off of or that need to be washed often.Gold leaf jewelry holderThanks for letting me share my first gold leafing adventure with you. It's fun to experiment and find out what works best, and what doesn't. Try something new this week! xo. Emma
  • Wow! That is so pretty & unique!


  • The blog and data is excellent and informative as well.

  • I don’t know how I feel about DIY gold leafing but I know I usually love it if I find it on a piece when I am thrifting.

  • Both the plate and the bowls are really pretty. The gold gives them a bit of an antiqued look.

  • OMG – this is so beautiful!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • This is cool, but I got excited when I saw the nail polishes in the picture because I thought you might use the gold leaf kid on your nails. That would’ve been really cool 🙂

  • This is really pretty- I’ve been wanting to try a gold leaf manicure but now I want to try it on dinnerware too!

  • hmm… I’m not sure about this idea… it looks a bit messy

  • Ladies! I love gold leafing. It brings fun life into any piece. If you have a chance, check out this how to I posted for Libby Story:

    Gilded driftwood! So fun!

  • I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the tips!


  • Just have to say, I love your blog al the way from Sweden(; . And this project is just gorgeus!

  • I love this. Definitely want to try it on some simple white porcelain.

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  • It looks so messy (to recreate) but really cute 🙂
    xo Emilie @ Hungry Delights

  • I’m definitely doing it. Oh yes!!!
    Blog: – giveaways here:)

  • I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites web page list and will be checking back soon.

  • The packages you buy them in looks the same but I’ve never seen anyone silver leafing so I don’t know what it’s like.

    Thanks a lot for the inspiration

  • I love the broken rustic look, the striped one is my favourite.


  • I know it’s been said a few times but this would be a wonderful present. Strange question but can you get ‘gold’ leaf in silver?Rx

  • ow forget the email above it is an eventlady in amsterdam haha!

    this is what i wanted to c/p:

  • I just enjoyed reading many posts of you guys! There are full of beautiful idea and really love your blog. I tried to find GFC, but I couldn’t find it, so I’ll follow you via Blogloving! xo akiko

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  • Awww these look great! I like the messy look. Looks more worn out and vintage. I’ve bought a gold leafing kit ages ago and still haven’t used it. I’ve been waiting for the “right project” and I have it still sitting in a drawer. After seeing your projects maybe I should get it out of there and put it in a good use! 😉
    Thank you so much for sharing your creative adventures with ud! 🙂

  • i have always wanted to try this! you have inspired me to give it a try 🙂

  • I spotted a picture of the golden bears on Pinterest earlier (they look great!). Quite excited about this DIY, I think it’s the perfect project to pretty up some cute little dishes for jewelry storage. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Leonie

  • I love the little perfume plate. You’re right, it looks good messy! 🙂


  • So pretty! I’ve been on the hunt for something to hold my jewelry so this sounds like a perfect project for me!

  • We do a similar thing and use all different colors of vinyl
    to jazz up any project. Cricut and other craft hobby cutters are amazing- what did we do before vinyl? This is awesome

  • Beautiful results! I like the simple patterns.

  • Oh how fun! I’d say that was a successful experiment! Maybe I should try to gold leaf a cup to hold my makeup brushes! Or maybe I’ll go with silver… that would match my bathroom perfectly!

    Thank you :)))

  • These all looks very rustic and charming! Great stuff. x

  • Love! Can’t wait to go get some gold leaf!
    xo Heather

  • This is such a unique & inspiring project, great post!!


  • This looks gorgeous! Your projects are always amazing, thanks for sharing!

  • I LOVE THIS. gold is soooo fun. I’m just not really crafty enough to make it come together. But its awesome.

  • it looks so pretty, such a lovely detail! Would love to try this out some time, going to check if they have some gold leaf at my local craft shop (:

  • i’m in love. the small cake stand is just perfect. will have to pick up a kit next time i’m at blick!

  • Looks great! I tried once and messed up royally, but it was really fun! 🙂

  • Wow, what a very neat post. This sounds really interesting. I am going to look into it. Have a great day and good work on your website.

  • Your creations turned out lovely! Such a vintage look to them. 🙂 Well done! Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.

  • They look fab – it’s ages (read: years!) since I did gold leafing, I seem to remember looking a bit like a gold statue myself by the time I’d finished! xx

  • This looks like a very fun project!! I might need to try goldleafing some stuff at home. 😉 Thanks so much for this wonderful tips and tricks for gold leaf first timers like myself. 🙂


  • Amazing, I think I’m feeling brave enough to try gold leaf now……INSPIRED!!!!!!!!

  • This looks like so muh fun. I will def be having a go at this… Fingers crossed I don’t end up getting carried away and gold leading the entire flat!!

  • I kinda like the long stripes design though! I’m just wondering if silver leafing is the same? The packages you buy them in looks the same but I’ve never seen anyone silver leafing so I don’t know what it’s like.
    I might actually try this out myself, thank you for the tips! 🙂

  • Ah, gold leaf, the bane of my existence. I once had a commission for a sign, with lettering carved in a bevel from a walnut slab, that they then wanted gold-leaf applied to it…goodness, what a nightmare. These days I stick to spray paint gold, even though the leafing is more authentic.

    All the power to you!

  • ooooh I’ve always wanted to try gold leafing! I’ve got a handful of wood square scraps that I put wall hangings on that are just dying for some creativity.
    Think I found it!
    Thanks for the inspiration ladies!

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