I’m not the first blogger to do a gold leaf DIY, nor am I certainly the last, but I thought this was a fun little project that came out beautifully! I tend to hate all of my crafts and want to throw them away as soon as I finish them, but this one is a keeper. You might remember in my Super “Bowl” party we decorated little white bowls using Sharpie markers. I thought it would be cool to take it to the next level and gold leaf the inside of the bowl. To be totally honest I was kind of intimidated of gold leaf and thought it would be a pain, but it ended up being way easier than I expected, and the final product looked amazing!
For supplies you will need a bowl to decorate (I got mine at Target), gold leaf, gilding adhesive, a small container to put a little gilding adhesive into, scissors, a paintbrush, and a gold Sharpie marker. You can get gold leaf kits at your local craft store, but my store was sold out so I had to purchase the adhesive separate from the gold leafing.
Start by painting the inside of the bowl with the adhesive. You want a very thin layer. Then you let the adhesive dry for about 20 minutes until it is tacky to the touch. The first time I tried this craft I let the bowl dry right side up, but the extra adhesive pooled in the middle of the bowl and ended up getting messed up when I tried to guild it. So this time I let it dry upside down and it worked quite well. There was only one drip area which I wiped off with a damp paper towel.
Next you should cut your large gold leaf paper into smaller pieces, hence the scissors. I found this to work much better than a huge piece of gold. The gold leaf has a wax paper backing which stabilizes the thin leaf and makes it easier to press into the bowl.
The gold leaf will crack and rip. Don’t worry about that. It gives the bowl character. I just used some smaller pieces and filled in the spaces where there was a lot of white showing. Then I let it dry for about two hours. I suggest being patient and letting it dry overnight, but patience is a virtue I don’t posses.
Once dry, use your brush to carefully brush away the gold leaf that hasn’t adhered to the bowl. I found this to be the most satisfying part of the project. I gently went around and around the bowl, carefully brushing the extra gold away.
Here is what it looks like when most of the gold leaf has been brushed away.
Next decorate the outside of your bowl using the gold Sharpie. I decided to make a sort of retro crosshatch pattern around the outside rim. First a made about 5-6 thin lines around the bowl.
Then I came down vertically to create the pattern. So rad!
As you can see, I am using the bowl to hold some of my jewelry. I know I am totally bragging, but this was really a great craft that looks almost like I purchased it in a store! I would totally feel comfortable making these for friends and giving them as little hostess gifts because it looks that good! If you try this at home, let me know how it turns out. I would to see pictures!
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