I am a sucker for anything gold. Whether it’s a brassy warm cold, or a cooler spray-painted gold, I love it all. But until now, I’d never experimented with gold leaf. I’d read about how hard it was to work with and how many craft fails had come from using the finicky thin foil sheets. So up until this point I’d completely ignored its possibilities. And then I saw these gorgeous unfinished concrete planters and immediately, I thought of using gold leaf! Was I brave enough to create my own gold-dipped DIY pot decor? Yes. Yes, I was.
And you know what? It was surprisingly easy to use. Don’t let the hype scare you. Gold leaf is your friend!
- Darice Geometric Concrete Planters (3)
- Composition Gold Leaf Foil Sheets
- Gold Leaf Adhesive (Sometimes called gold leaf size.)
- Green Painter’s Tape
- Darice Foam Brush
- Soft Paint Brush
- Dirt and Succulents (Or whatever fancy little plant you decide to use.)
I opted to go with succulents for this DIY pot project, simply because I think they’re adorable and also because they need slightly less care than most house plants. They’re sensitive to being over watered, which means that a bit of neglect is a-okay by them.
Then, I painted a thin layer of size adhesive on the bottom half of the planters. Once the adhesive had become slightly tacky, it was time to apply the gold leaf.
I found the gold leaf fairly easy to work with. What a happy surprise! The leaf comes in a booklet with layers of thin tracing paper in between each piece of foil. Rather than try to peel the foil from the paper, I removed the foil from the booklet with the tracing paper still attached. Then, I applied the foil to the planter with the paper as a backing and started smoothing the surface out.
By keeping the tracing paper on as long as possible, it kept the foil intact for as long as possible. It also prevented wrinkles and tears from my fingers.
Once I was sure that the foil had adhered, I slowly removed the painter’s tape from each planter.
Start with these low-key succulents and these anything-but-low-key planters. Or if you know you’ll kill ’em, add some faux succulents to your order and take chance right out of the equation.
You can also feature your faux succulents in this DIY Spring decor planter box.