Want to customize some pieces in your home? This easy DIY gold leaf vase tutorial allows you to jazz up vases and bowls in your space and add some flare.
Well, gold décor pieces have been popping up in my home left, right, and center! Gold is very on trend right now, and I’ve been using the simple gold leafing techniques to add a modern flare to decorative pieces around my home! Today I’m sharing this quick tutorial so that you can transform pieces around your home, and create your own DIY gold leaf vase.
This post is all about the vases I made. I created some vases with beautiful straight lines, and some with a more textured, uneven appearance. I can’t decide which one I like more!
How to Make a DIY Gold Leaf Vase
If you’re a visual learner (like me!) you might want to watch this quick and easy DIY Gold Leaf video tutorial!
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Did that clear everything up? I hope so! But please leave any comments or questions that you still have!
Step-by-step gold leafing tutorial
Here are the basic steps for adding gold leafing. I tried two different methods – one where I created straight lines and one that was more organic, but I’ll share how to do both.
If you want perfectly straight lines, apply painters tape first. One thing to note, is that when you take the tape off, you must peel very gently so that you don’t take the gold leaf off with it! I suggest removing the tape as soon as you are done applying the gold leaf.
Apply adhesive to the portions of the vase that you want to have gold leaf on. In my case that was everything in between the tape on the lined vase, and an organic amount of adhesive all over the bottom of the second vase.
Next, apply gold leaf. You’ll have to do this piece-by-piece for the best results.
The gold leaf sheets easily tear and rip apart, so even if you wanted to apply larger amounts, it’s very difficult (you can see this in the video above!)
This gives the vase a beautiful textured look. You can apply with large sheets, but it may be harder to remove the pieces that are not stuck on afterwards, especially if you are only applying adhesive to certain spots.
Use a small paintbrush to brush off excess gold leaf. Any of your leafing that isn’t stuck to the adhesive will flake off easily. If you didn’t use enough adhesive, there may be gaps without any gold leaf stuck to it.
Also, if you used large pieces, as I stated above, you may waste quite a bit of gold leaf as it flakes off.
Finally, use gold leaf sealer around all of the spots that have gold leaf stuck to them to protect the vase. This sealer dries clear, so you can be generous with it!
The Finished DIY Gold Leaf Vases
I absolutely love how these turned out! Such a quick and easy project, with a beautiful result! I would definitely do this project again!
I can’t decide if I like the more organic one, or the crisp lines better!
I love this method so much! When I decided to try it again, I wanted to do something a bit different, so I added the leafing to a dollar store bowl! It ended up with a beautiful textured appearance. See the whole gold leafing tutorial on Clean and Scentsible today!
- Glass vase
- Gold leaf sheets
- Gold leaf adhesive
- Gold leaf sealer
- [Or you can buy this Gold Leaf Kit]
- Painter's tape (if you want straight lines)
- Small paintbrush
- Apply painters tape to achieve straight lines.
- Apply adhesive
- Apply gold leaf piece by piece
- Use a small paintbrush to brush off excess gold leaf
- Seal with gold leaf sealer
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