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25.3.20

Gold Leaf Plant Pot




Here's a quick and easy mini DIY you can do at home!

I have lots of these inexpensive terracotta plant pots around the house. I love the texture of them, but I wanted to add some interest, so I used some gold leaf to jazz them up. Gold leaf is easy to come by online. I ordered mine from Evans, but you can get it from eBay or Amazon. This project is fast and can transform even the most mundane pot or household object into something fabulous. 

What you will need:

Gold Leaf Foil
Acrylic Gold Size
Two small brushes
Flower pots (object) of your choice


Once you have your supplies, there will be no stopping you. You can gold leaf almost anything. I've used it on photo frames, vases, bottles. These flower pots are straight forward to do. And there's nothing like a quick makeover for instant gratification! 



Firstly, apply the gold size acrylic lightly with one of the small brushes. The trick here is not to overload it. Leave the gold size to dry for about 10 minutes, or until it becomes tacky. If you want crisp lines, you could apply frog tape to your pot, but I'm going for a rustic look, so I'm applying it randomly. 

Gold leaf is very delicate to work with. Don't worry if parts of it don't stick to the glued area, you can tear off some more and reapply it. Cover the sticky areas and leave to dry for a few minutes. 


Next work your way around the pot and brush off the excess gold leaf. As you do this, the gold leaf should get smoother. Once you brushed off the excess, use a soft cloth to give it a final clean. Now your pot is ready to plant up. Some people will use a seal, however as the pot will be indoors I didn't think it was needed.

And there you have it. A quick, easy flower pot makeover. I think it looks cool and adds interest on my little side table. 

I hope everyone is safe and well. I find these small, creative projects help keep my mind in a good place and reduce my anxiety a little. It might work for you too. 

Thanks for reading,
Darran 

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