Add a bit of glam to your Christmas tree with these gorgeous DIY Gold Leaf Ornaments! This easy Christmas craft will have you gilding everything you see!
I’ve made up a bunch of these gorgeous DIY gold leaf ornaments for our navy and white coastal Christmas tree this year. I love personalizing ornaments and this is a fun and easy Christmas craft that you can do quickly and easily and will make your holiday decor look glamorous! There is a video tutorial at the end of the post if you want to view that too!
DIY Gold Leaf Ornaments
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- glass ball ornaments
- gold leaf sheets
- gilding adhesive
- stiff bristled paint brush/gilding brush
- foam brush
- waxed paper
Step 1: Remove the tops of the ornaments. Feel free to spray paint the tops gold if desired (which I did in my garage). Spread a sheet of waxed paper onto your workspace to protect it from the adhesive and gilding.
Step 2: This is where you can express your creativity if you want. Pour a bit of the gilding adhesive onto the foam brush. Dab the brush onto the ornament in random blots, leaving open spaces. This will create a textured and mottled appearance. Remember where ever you place the adhesive is where the gold leaf will stick to, so be as intricate and delicate or as bold and expressive as you want. There is no right or wrong way with gilding, in my opinion.
Step 3: Set ornaments aside to dry until adhesive is clear and tacky. For my navy ornaments, I had shiny and matte. I chose to put gilding adhesive on the top of the ornaments and for the white ornaments I chose to put the adhesive on the bottom. The photo below shows how the adhesive looks when applied to a matte ornament. This photo also shows what it looks like when still wet. All those white bubbles should disappear when the adhesive is dry enough for gilding.
Step 4: Apply the gold leaf. Again, in my opinion, there is no right or wrong way to apply the gold leaf. I tried it a few different ways and found both just as successful. For the blue ornaments I carefully tore off a page of gold leaf which is laying upon a piece of paper. Don’t breathe too heavy and God forbid you sneeze while doing this craft… don’t ask how I know! Gold leaf is so thin that any air movement will disturb it! So you can lift the sheet and press it onto ornament.
Or you can place the ornament onto the sheet and allow the adhesive to grab up the gold leaf.
Step 5: Brush and smooth the gold leaf around the ornament with a brush, making sure all the leaf is touching the adhesive. Next vigorously rub the gold leaf with the brush to remove any excess gold leaf.
Use the small shavings that have fallen onto the wax paper to fill in areas where gold hasn’t made contact with the adhesive. These small shavings and gold dust are probably my most favorite part of the process. They add such a gorgeous gilded gold texture!
Step 6: Brush off any gold dust and smooth the gold gilded ornament with your fingers. Use a gilding sealer if desired. I personally don’t use one unless I’m using real silver or copper leaf. Replace the ornament top and string with ribbon.
That’s it! Making gorgeous DIY Gold Leaf Ornaments couldn’t get any easier! Once you start gilding, you will find yourself gilding everything! I’ll be sharing how these beautiful gold leaf ornaments look on my Christmas tree soon! Here is a video if you want more details.
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