DOLLAR STORE HACK - GOLD LEAF A PUMPKIN

I am having a love affair with Gold Leaf. Actually I am cheating on Gold Leaf with Copper Leaf. Or is it the other way around? Hmmm.

It feels like every store I visit is full of beautiful gold accents or gilded pieces of furniture.

So it got me thinking...what can I Gold Leaf?

 take a Dollar Store Pumpkin and add some super bling!

take a Dollar Store Pumpkin and add some super bling!

Honestly, literally EVERYWHERE I look, I see amazing decor that incorporates Gold Leaf in some way.

but Back to the Pumpkins...

It is the start of Pumpkin season here in sunny Toronto - and for me, that means time to have fun with some super inexpensive Dollar Store Pumpkins! Oh yes!

 Dollar Store Plastic Pumpkins.

Dollar Store Plastic Pumpkins.

So first things first. I picked up these rather cheap looking, and rather cheap in reality, gourds from the Dollar Store - $3 each and a nice size.

There are loads of pumpkin shaped things around. Just be sure to check the substrate (the fancy word for surface) and make suer it is clean and grease free before you start this project.

 Lightly Sand the Pumpkin.

Lightly Sand the Pumpkin.

These were a little shiny, so I gave them a very light sand before i did anything else.

If your pumpkin is shiny do the same. 

I then took some of the lovely bright rd that is Fort York Red from Fusion Mineral Paint and gave my pumpkin 2 healthy coats.

 Fort York Red from Fusion Mineral Paint

Fort York Red from Fusion Mineral Paint

Top Tip - use an old solo cup to hold the gourd whilst it dries!

I wanted to create some texture on the surface of my pumpkin, so when the paint was starting to dry I dragged a brush over the surface of the paint to create visibil strokes.

 Paint withe red paint an allow to dry.

Paint withe red paint an allow to dry.

Once dry I took my Leaf Size, (the fancy name for sticky glue especially formulated for Leafing). I used Martha Stewart brand, Gilding Adhesive, picked up from Michaels.

I should mention that all the actual work was done by my helper...

 My helper!

My helper!

You must allow the glue to go clear - so it is tacky not wet. See how wet it is in this picture?

 This glue is wet - when it is ready for you to apply the gold leaf the glue will be clear and tacky.

This glue is wet - when it is ready for you to apply the gold leaf the glue will be clear and tacky.

Next was the fun bit! I took my Gold Leaf - again I bought it at Michaels - and simply dropped it onto the glue. You can be very inaccurate!

This is an INDOOR project - the slightest breeze and your gold will blow away!

Here is a little video I made to show you just how easy it is!

The final step is a quick application of wax to sit in those grooves I mentioned earlier!

I LOVE the Black Wax from Homestead House.

The final step...is to sit back and admire!

 Get all the best tips and hints for painting and refinishing on  How to Paint Like a Pro !

Get all the best tips and hints for painting and refinishing on How to Paint Like a Pro!

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