This past summer I was in full on gold foil mode, dreaming up all sorts of gilded projects to get into the spirit of the holidays. One of the very best things to come from this metallic crafting flurry were these gold leafed cocktail glasses. They’re super simple and the leafing process makes the best of any loose brushwork or imperfections. Want to make your own? Read on for the easy details!
• Gold leafing kit (Containing gold leaf sheets and adhesive size like this one)
• Cocktail Glass (I’ve used these from Crate and Barrel)
• 2 soft paintbrushes
• Latex Gloves (makes handling the gold leaf sheets a little easier)
• Clear, Dishwasher Safe Sealer for gilded surfaces (This one by modge podge works well)
Step 1: Starting with a clean glass paint a loose design in onto the surface using adhesive size. Allow to air dry according to the directions on the kit.
Step 2: Apply a sheet of the gold leaf directly to the surface where you’ve painted the adhesive. Press down, working to avoid any folds or bubbles.
Step 3: Once you’ve applied the gold leaf, dust off the excess pieces using a soft dry paintbrush.
Step 4: If you choose, you can apply a clear sealer or varnish made for glassware. Even if the glasses are sealed, I suggest gently hand washing them as you would with gilded china.