DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

If you were to ask my mother she would tell you that she isn’t the least bit crafty and that she’s not sure where I get it from. That said, I always thought of my mom as crafty as a kid and remember fondly the times we’d gather around the kitchen table to craft ornaments for the tree each year. That’s probably why I am so partial to really gorgeous handmade ornaments and also why I was so excited to join forces with a bunch of other super talented ladies in a fun blogger ornament swap! I made a whole bunch of these painted gold leaf ornaments (you know me and my love for all things gold leaf), which are perfect for decking the halls, giving as gifts or exchanging as part of an ornament swap. They’re made with inexpensive clear glass ornaments and they’re also just so darn pretty!

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

supplies

  • Clear glass ornaments
  • Assorted craft paints
  • Thin ribbon
  • Paint brushes
  • Gold leaf + adhesive

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

The first step is to coat the inside of your ornaments with paint. I chose three shades of turquoise, mint and pale blue, but you could stick to classic Christmas colors, too, if that’s more your thing. Squirt a generous glob of paint into the ornament, then close your finger over the open end and shake and swirl vigorously to coat the inside. Add additional paint as necessary to get a nice even coat covering all the glass.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

Next up, it’s time for the gold leaf! Check the instructions on your particular brand of gold leaf, then use a clean paint brush to apply a thin coat of sizing to the exterior of your ornament. I chose to concentrate the gold leaf on the bottom half of the ornament, but you could easily gold leaf the entire thing. Once the sizing is apply, allow it to dry until tacky, usually about 20 minutes. Then carefully place a sheet of gold leaf on the ornament, wrapping it around the ball and then burnishing it with a second clean paint brush to remove the excess. Apply a light coat of sealer per the manufacturer’s instructions, then allow your entire ornament to dry overnight, minus the top of the ornament, to allow both the adhesive and the paint to dry.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

My ornaments had silver tops so before replacing them, I gave them a quick coat of metallic gold spray paint. Obviously you can’t skip this step if your ornaments come with gold tops or if you don’t mind the silver.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

The final step is to cut a length of thin ribbon and string it through the ornament to create a hook for hanging. Of course, you could use ornament hooks instead of adding the ribbon, it’s entirely up to whichever look you prefer. Then just hang them on the tree or tuck them in a cute little box on a bed of tissue paper and they’re ready for gifting or swapping! I love how these ornaments turned out. I realized the combination of the gold leaf and the green colors kind of made them resemble globes, which wasn’t my intention, but I’m definitely not complaining. Also, you know the drill by now. If you make these or any of my other Christmas DIY ideas, share with me on Instagram using the hashtag #thesweetestholidays! I want to see your craftiness in action.

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

DIY Painted Gold Leaf Ornaments by @cydconverse

ornament-swap

Want to see what everyone else made for the ornament swap? Pop on over and check out everyone’s tutorials for your fill of gorgeous DIY ornament ideas! We’re also sharing on Instagram using the hashtag #swapthatdiy so be sure to click on over and follow along!

Malissa and Machelle from A Joyful Riot
Jessica, Jenna and Jodi from J. Sorelle
Sara from Tell Love and Party
Miranda from One Little Minute
Christina from Christina Williams Blog
Amy from DIY Candy
Gwen from The Bold Abode
Liz and Sam from The Pretty Life Girls
Laurel from A Bubbly Life

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[Art direction + styling by Cyd Converse | Photos by Alice G. Patterson for The Sweetest Occasion.]

The fine print: Please link with love! As with all of our posts, DIY projects featured on The Sweetest Occasion may not be copied, distributed or reproduced without express written permission. Love and links are always appreciated! If you’d like to share a maximum of 1 – 2 images from this post, please link to this post directly for the DIY tutorial and do not include the instructions in your own post. Thanks so much! xoxo

46 comments

Comments

These are awesome! And I think the hilarious part is that we used the same paint colors.

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These are gorgeous! That bright teal paired with the gold is stunning!

Kaelyn

I love your nail polish and the ornaments are cute too!

Gorgeous Cyd! Ill take 5 in pink! ;)

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So pretty! You know where to send any extras …

Cyd Converse

Thanks, Amy! And yes, I noticed that, too. Great minds, right? ;-) XO

Cyd Converse

Thanks, Bre! I’m kind of crazy about the teal and gold, too!

Wow! These are so pretty… I’m putting them on my to-do list for next year!!!

These are seriously gorgeous!! I am definitely going to my craft store tomorrow for these supplies!! Thank you!

Yes yes yes! These are my favorite colors, too! So great.

The colors! The gold! Soooo lovely.

SO beautiful! Love the turquoise and gold.

Kimberly

I tried this before and the paint inside never wanted to dry — how long did it take for yours to dry?

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Anna

Hi! I have made a couple of these and really like them but need some advice. After spraying the sealer on, how do you let them dry without smudging the sealer? I tried setting it on tips of thenornament but they always fall over. Thanks for the awesome ornament idea! Anna

Cyd Converse

Hi Anna! I just set mine upside down back into the ornament carton that they came in. If yours didn’t come in a carton/box like that, I’d just find something similar to tip them upside down into. I hope this helps!

I’m always looking for more and more DIY ornaments I can add to the Christmas tree each year. I think its much more personal and unique to do it yourself. Great idea!!

Cyd Converse

Thanks, Eden! These are one of my favorites. They’re so pretty in person, too!

Cyd Converse

Thanks so much, Dawn! xo

Beth

Hi! I’m new to using gold leaf and I’m wondering if ModPodge spray adhesive will be good enough for sealing the leaf after I’ve applied it? Also, does the paint brush have to be any specific kind?
Thanks!!

Cyd Converse

Hi Beth! I haven’t used the ModPodge spray adhesive with gold leaf specifically, but I suspect it would work! You could always try on a small trial piece (maybe an old glass you have lying around the house) first just to be sure. I hope this helps!

tara

What kind of paint did you use?

Cyd Converse

Hi Tara! It’s just basic craft paint. I used the Martha Stewart Crafts line specifically, but any craft paint will work. Hope this helps! xo

Odette

Please…. What are the exact colors of the Martha Stewart paints used??

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Cyd Converse

Hi Odette! I can’t remember all of them exactly as I made these over a year ago, but I do know one of the colors is Beach Glass. I hope this helps!

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Heather

Can you recommend a sealer for the gold leaf? I am reading mixed reviews on the different brands I am looking at online! Thank you :)

Kylie

I made these ornaments 7 days ago, and not a single one will dry! I’ve tried putting them in the window and putting them in front of a heater, to no avail. How did you get yours to dry? Also, the paint falls down the inside of the ornament.

Cyd Converse

Hi Kylie! I had no issues with the paint falling down inside the ornament. What kind of paint did you use? I used Martha Stewart brand craft paints. I set mine upside down in the carton/box that the ornaments came in and let them dry that way. I hope this helps!

Cyd Converse

Hi Heather! I use the Mona Lisa brand adhesive and sealer at Michaels and pick it up locally when I run out. https://www.michaels.com/mona-lisa-metal-leaf-adhesive/10012964.html There’s no real rhyme or reason as to why – it’s the first kind I tried, and it works so I keep buying it. I hope this helps!

Kylie

I used Craft Smart brand from Michael’s, should be comparable. I’m trying the upside down drying method now! Thank you!

Cyd Converse

Hey Kylie! Yes, it absolutely should be comparable. I hope it works out, keep me posted. Thanks! <3

Heather

Can you use plastic bulbs? And what is ‘sticking’?

Thanks!!!!

Cyd Converse

Hey Heather! I do think plastic ornaments would work, just make sure the surface is really clean before you get started. I’ve never gold leafed on plastic before, but I’ve used it on a lot of materials and they’ve all worked.

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Dallas jones

Those ornaments are so gorgeous they look like little globes.
I can’t wait for my daughter and I to try our hands at making them.

Cyd Converse

Thanks, Dallas! I really loved how they turned out – excited for you to make your own! xo