DIY Gold Leaf Plant Pots

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Shiny, sparkly, glittery gold.

I’m crushing hard on this glorious metallic and I don’t want to quit. I’ll be posting a gaggle of gold themed projects next week. And first up in the gold project parade, are gold leaf plant pots.

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This was my first time working with gold leaf and so I actually tried two different leafing techniques on the terra-cotta pots.

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On the first pot, I painted the rim with gold leaf paint.

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Well, to be honest, I actually painted two new terra-cotta pots. The gold leaf paint dried to a very rich and pretty gold, so I decided to leave one of the pots with just the painted rim.

The other pot, I went ahead with the gold leaf.

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Since I was using it on a small area, I ended up going with the adhesive pen kit.

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It was super simple. I just wrote over the area I wanted to leaf with the pen and let it set for about five minutes.

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I then just pressed the gold leaf directly on the sticky part and gently patted it down with a soft paintbrush.

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Gold over gold.

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The third pot I used was a bit weathered and housed my aloe plant.

Now, the directions on the leafing pen package recommended that you begin with a sealed surface. Especially with something as porous as terra-cotta.

But hey, crafting is the perfect time to break a few rules. So, this time I wrote with the leafing pen directly on the unsealed surface.

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The gold leaf created more of a chippy look this time.

When smoothing out the gold bits with the brush, I discovered that it worked better if I just used my finger to lightly press down the leafing.

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I love my glorious, gold-rimmed pots. And it didn’t take much to add a bit of glamour.