Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Gilding Your Party


     It's Decorate To Celebrate Design Challenge time again!

     I love my collection of various bottles and jars and wanted to try out gilding products from Martha Stewart's line of craft items, produced by Plaid, at Michaels.  It was fun and easy to add a metallic touch to items -- here you go.


    What you will need:

  • Plastic / glass containers - clean and dry

  • Gilding products:  adhesive, brushes, foil sheets
  • Scissors
  • Foam Brush
  • Painters Tape
    Make sure your items are clean and dry.  The steps are the same regardless of how much of the foil sheet you are using.


  1. Brush a thin coat of adhesive over your item
  2. Let dry until tacky -- the glue will turn clear
  3. Carefully (this stuff is really thin) remove a sheet or piece of the foil sheet keeping the paper on behind it.
  4. Apply over the area you have covered with glue.
  5. Press into place with your fingers or brush into place with a gilding brush
  6. Let sit for a minute and then carefully remove the foil sheet.
  7. Depending on how you have applied the glue, you may have holes in the metallic, the glue is still tacky at this point, so you can use scraps to fill in the holes.
  8. Once dry, gently brush off excess foiling with a foam brush.  NOTE:  Do this over a garbage pail otherwise you will have bits of foil everywhere for days!  
Here are some of the items I tried:

Small mason jar:  I wanted to create a striped effect instead of solid.  Apply painter's tape where you don't want the foil to appear.  NOTE:  This step is done before you apply the gilding adhesive. Also, leave tails on the tape so it is easy to remove. 

 In my first attempt, I did not allow the glue to set up enough so the coverage was disappointing.  No problem, I just went over it again with another color.  I then added a strip of washi tape in the middle for some interest.

Medium mason jar:  For this jar, I wanted a solid effect and used the silver foil.

Milk bottle:  I was curious to see if the foil would remain on the raised lettering of the milk bottle.  I wanted this one to look a little more beat up.

Plastic champagne glass:  You won't be able to drink out of this glass, but I think it is such a pretty look for a display.  This application could also be used on bowls to make your table sparkle.

There are more examples and tutorials on YouTube which will give you some more great ideas.  Have fun playing -- you get a lot of sheets in one package!


  1. WOW! these are fabulous jars and thanks for the tutorial:)

  2. Thanks for the tutorial! I love shiny things! =)
    The Leaf Studio


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