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How to Apply Gold Leaf!

How to Apply Gold Leaf!

DIY & Crafts, Tutorials

For those of you who haven’t heard of gold leaf, it’s basically gold that has been pounded into very, very thin sheets. It’s great to use for crafts and I finally got around to trying it out. I LOVE the results! I decided to use it for my daughter’s room and it is absolutely adorable on her name cutout. I also opted for the gold dipped look instead of all dipped in gold and it turned out so great!  This is one of those crafts that literally ANYONE can do – an added bonus! Take a look at my instructions down below and step by step video tutorial.

Supplies You’ll Need

 

How to Apply Gold Leaf

  1. Use a pencil to mark how far up you would like the gold leaf to go. (This step isn’t necessary if you decide to do it all.) Apply the gilding up to the pencil line. The best time to apply the gold leaf is when the glue gets slightly tacky, so make sure you are checking it so it doesn’t dry too fast.
  2. Once the gilding is tacky, apply the gold leaf. The gold leaf is very thin so make sure to use caution during application.
  3. Apply it to the top, then apply to the sides. I pressed on mine slightly and then let it dry for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, come back and press down again to ensure it is sticking. Once everything is pressed down I went back and softly wiped any of the loose pieces off.
  4. You can then use the gilding again to add more gold leaf in places where it might have come off, if needed. I repeated the process and once everything was dry, about an hour later I gently wiped any loose pieces off.

This process is super easy! I love the gold dipped look if you want to try an option besides all gold.

 

How to apply Gold Leaf

Gold dipped Gold leaf letters

Gold leaf application DIY

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