I’ve become a gold foil fanatic. And a planter fanatic (see a DIY roundup here!). So it’s only natural that those two would get together and I’d make a gold foil planter. Or two. Or maybe four or five. But the gold foil process is easy and pretty quick–and the best part is that you can’t screw it up. You really can’t! And that is the best kind of crafting!
This week’s tutorial for a gold foil planter will give you the basics and show you how to create easy designs using painter’s tape. Consider stripes, polka dots, squares, whatever you want. You could even foil the entire pot!
- Spray Primer
- Terra cotta pots of any size and matching saucer
- Flat white spray paint
- Clear spray varnish (matte finish)
- Gold foil sheets
- Transfer adhesive
- Masking tape or painter’s tape (I love Frog Tape!)
Paint the pots white (or any color you want!). It may take several coats. I found that spray primer helped coverage, but acrylic paint works great too and you won’t need a primer. Once dry, tape off your design with masking tape or painter’s tape (I used masking tape here but I’d recommend Frog Tape). Make sure the tape is really adhered to the pot. Think about stripes or entire sections. I chose to tape off two triangles, one large and one small, on each side of the pot.
Apply your adhesive onto the design and wait for it to get tacky (follow the manufacturer’s directions; drying time will vary). Then take one gold foil sheet and apply directly to the pot. The gold foil will only stick to the adhesive.
There is a fine line between the adhesive becoming tacky and drying completely. That’s ok! If the adhesive dries, you can reapply it and re-foil those areas. You can choose a pretty marbled look, above, by choosing not to fill in the dry spots. Or you can fill in those dry spots until you have an even, fully-foiled surface.
Remove the tape after you’ve finished foiling.
You can see a little of the two foiling choices here. The left side is marbled and the right side is fully covered in foil. I experimented a bit on this pot because it rolled off the table and cracked in the middle of my tutorial! :/ On the second go-around, I decided on fully-covered foil for a clean, modern look.
Once you’ve foiled to your heart’s content, spray 1-2 coats of clear varnish to seal it. I love this one.
There are so many things you can do with designs for these pots! Consider using round office labels to create polka dots or use a cutting machine to create any kind of shape you want! I love, love, love the way it turned out. I brought to work and it’s definitely a fun and pretty way to make my space more me!
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