You can be as messy or as adventurous as you like with this make. Create clean lines with masking tape or simply apply the glue to where you’d like, for a more natural look – you can even seal it so it will last a long time too.
We love the vintage style that bridal blog The Nuptial has gone for, but Sas and Rose’s version is just as fancy.
This tutorial uses a simple vase or jar and some gold leaf to create a dip-dyed look. It’s inexpensive and you can use any type of vase with liquid gold leaf or gold leaf sheets to spruce it up ready for your Mother’s Day lunch – it’s as easy as that. Here’s how to make it.
You will need:
- Vase (clean jars will work for this, too)
- Gold leaf (either liquid gold leaf or gold leaf sheets)
- Metal leaf adhesive
- Sealer or varnish to seal
- Masking tape (optional)
1. Mark out where you’d like to place your gold leaf. We liked the dip dyed look as it’s simple to make and looks great. If you’d like clear edges, mark this out with masking tape. Apply the adhesive to the bottom of the vase and wait for it to become tacky. It should change from white to clear in colour and this should take at least 15-20 minutes.
2. Apply the gold leaf either by using your fingers to place small pieces onto the vase, painting it on with a paintbrush or by placing the gold leaf sheet with the shiny side facing up directly onto the vase. Since the gold leaf is delicate, it’s best to work with small pieces and keep adding to your vase as you go along, covering all the empty spaces.
3. Once you’re happy with the positioning of your design, smooth it down with a clean, soft paintbrush. It doesn’t matter if your vase doesn’t look quite perfect – the imperfect edges and finish will give it a rustic look.
4. Apply a sealer to secure your gold leaf design and allow your vase to dry fully before using it. Once it is dry, fill your vase with water and fresh flowers to make a beautiful table centrepiece for your Mother’s Day lunch.