DIY: Gold Foil

I am putting together a little package for Hendrik, my Swedish cousin and his beautiful little baby girl. These perfect little tees came in at The Pleasant Shop and I just had to pick one up for her for some local Vancouver/Mount Pleasant representation. When I’m creating gifts for family & friends, I like to make my own cards when I can – usually by folding a piece of my watercolour paper (it’s always so nice and thick) and then either doing a little illustration or painting on the front before letting the kids go at it with their additions.


While I was rummaging through my “artsy things” drawer, I came across some folded up pieces of gold foil I had brought home from The Urban Source over a year ago. I decided it would be the perfect material to make my card with. It’s easy to do with the kids – little mess and instant results – and it’s so shiny!

You’ll need:

  • Gold foil
  • Elmer’s Glue – or really anything with a bit of stick to it
  • Cheap craft paint brush – not one of those pricey good ones – you’ll be using it to paint the glue on
  • A surface to paint on – a card, an antler, a candlestick, etc.

You will:

Paint your design, picture, shape, polka dots, etc. on your surface.

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Smooth your gold foil (shiny side up!) on top, especially pressing it over the sticky spots.

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Rip the gold foil off like your waxing…something and voila! you’ve just gilded something beautiful!

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The magic of working with gold foil is that if: your child sticks their finger in your design before it’s dry, or your heart ended up looking more like an egg, or you didn’t quite get all the gold foil on that you wanted – you can just do it again on top! So, paint a little more glue on where you’d like the gold to sit and do it again.

Have fun!

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