DIY: Distressed Gold Leaf Vase
It’s Academy Awards week here in LA and the city is buzzing in anticipation for the big night. The traffic on Hollywood Blvd. is a nightmare, they’ve closed down my neighborhood park so they can start setting up for Elton John’s Oscar view party and my stylist friends have gone MIAAA (Missing In Academy Awards Action). Awwwww the excitement!
With all the golden madness surrounding the Oscars I figured I’d dedicate this week to all gold everything on Glitter ‘N Glue. While we may never receive an Oscar statue in our lifetime that doesn’t mean that our shelves can’t be adorned golden goodies. There are many different ways to craft the Midas touch and today we’re play with the gold leaf paper. I’ve seen these gold leafed jars and vases floating around Pinterest and I’m just obsessed. They’re so easy to make and oh so chic.
The gold leafing process is simple but takes a little practice. However, the great thing about the distressed look of this project is that imperfection is key. The perfect application of the leafing paper is not necessary. First, apply a thin layer of the adhesive to the areas of your vase you wish to make gold. After you’ve allowed time for your glue to set and get sticky, carefully place your gold leafing paper over your glue. Use a dry brush to remove any access paper. A bristle brush will help your obtain that distressed look. Once you’re satisfied with the way the leafing looks on your vase, apply a thin coat of sealant to set the paper. Allow time to dry before use.
NOTE: The process is generally the same but be sure to read the instruction provided with your brand of leafing materials just to be sure you’re doing it properly.
I’m a sucker for fresh flowers. If you live in LA you have to make it downtown to the Flower Mart. You’ll have to wake up early early for the good deals but trust me it’s work the trip. If you’re not in LA or prefer to sleep in on the weekends Trader Joe’s grocery store always has wonderful deals on pretty flowers. If there’s not a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood…I’m very, very sorry. You ought to pick up the phone, call Mr. Joe and tell him he’s welcome in your neighborhood. It’s a FAB market.
What I love most about this vase is that you can see the stems on the inside but yet the bottom is still decorative. Kinda like the clear phone of the 90s… or not. I plan on making a few more like this. All different shapes and sizes, but all golden. Maybe even a mason jar or two. Oh the possibilities!