Today I’m sharing how to make these simple fresh and beautiful DIY gold leaf plant pots; perfect for bringing spring indoors with some natural greenery.
It feels super crazy to be sharing my first “spring” post with you today. Things have been so busy with the renovations that January and February completely whipped by. On the one hand, I feel like I blinked and it’s the last week of February. On the other hand, it feels like it’s been a looooong time since Christmas ended and we started the renovations.
We’ve had some very wintery weather with a good amount of snow this past month but the last few days have been gorgeous and clear and sunny (though still frosty). You know, the kind of weather that makes you start thinking about the fact that spring is just around the corner!
Spring Is Coming
I finally got our Christmas greenery on the porch cleaned up this past weekend and I’m looking forward to adding some fresh springy touches indoors really soon. I really need something springy for the coffee table in our living room, and these sweet little DIY gold leaf plant pots perfectly fit the bill.
To make these I used some inexpensive clay pots, matte white acrylic craft paint, paint brushes, gold leaf sheets, gilding adhesive, and a firm flat stencil type brush.
I started by giving the clay pots 2-3 coats of the matte white acrylic craft paint.
After that was dry, I brushed on gilding adhesive along the bottom part of one pot and the top part of the other pot, letting it drip down in sections. I wanted a more fluid look to the gold leaf and rough edges to the finished product, so I let the gilding adhesive naturally settle and drip a little bit. Alternatively you could get a much cleaner look with straight lines of gold leaf by taping off a straight line before using the gilding adhesive and adding the gold leaf sheets.
After letting the gilding adhesive dry for about an hour or so, until it was lightly tacky, I spread on the gold leaf sheets. This was a bit tricky, as the gold leaf sheets didn’t love to detach from their paper backing, but I was going for more of that rustic, crumpled look so I was fine with doing it in sections.
After I’d attached the sparkly gold leaf to all the areas where I’d used the gilding adhesive, I let it dry for a couple of hours before removing the excess with a firm-end stencil brush.
I filled them with a little spider plant and a jade plant that I picked up at a local nursery, but you could use flowers or even faux plants. I also covered the soil with dried moss to give them a springy look. Plus, I’m planning to display these in our living room, and it’s nicer to look at moss then the potting soil, right?
I love the rustic and fluid feel of these and the contrast of the rich gold leaf with the matte white paint. Gold and white is such a great combo!
I shared them on my spring mantel the other day as well…
And today I’m joined by a fabulous group of blogging friends who are also sharing their Spring DIY Projects as part of the Seasonal Simplicity Spring Series. You’re going to love all this springy inspiration…
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Next week we’ll be sharing our Spring Mantels or Vignettes!