I recently bought a set of small, plain white rectangular 7″ x 5″ serving plates to use for jewelry and other odds and ends. However, since the trays I purchased were plain, with a very simple etched pattern, I thought that adding interest to them with gold leaf might make them more appealing.
I’ve seen similar gold and white jewelry trays retailing for significantly more than the less than $20 I paid for my supplies, which were used to create 4 trays. For instance, wiithout naming names, one well-known designer retails a very small gold and white jewelry tray for more than $70.
And while this is not exactly an original DIY, I still thought gold leafing would be the most economical and fun way to jazz up these simple trays. It’s also my first attempt at using gold leaf, and from what I’ve noticed from perusing other blogs, the gold leaf/spray paint thing can be pretty addictive. That said, I will try to keep the gold projects to a minimum. Although, I did get an amazing deal on gold leaf on Amazon.
Okay, let’s get to the supply list. (I had the paintbrushes on hand, so if you’ve already got your basic tools, the majority of the supplies are easily found on Amazon. I like when things arrive on my doorstep the next day.)
Easily create beautiful gold leaf trays for holding jewelry, knick knacks and more.
First, thoroughly clean your dishes, removing all dust, lint, or price tag residue.
Next, tape out your preferred patterns. Use the suggested petterns below or create your own. Be sure to seal the edges of the tape very well with your finger. I can’t emphasize this enough if you want clean, straight lines.
Apply the adhesive gold leaf size (the technical name for gold leaf adhesive is size) according to the directions on the bottle. There’s a curing time until the adhesive size gets tacky, so wait it out until it’s ready or the gold leaf won’t adhere correctly.
Next, carefully (and I mean carefully, those gold leaf pages are finicky little suckers) apply the gold leaf to the areas of your item that you’ve covered with the adhesive. Gently smooth down with a soft cloth or clean paint brush. Cotton gloves also work well. You can use any excess gold leaf that falls off to apply to the next spot. If you’re not fussy and like a abstract or rustic look, don’t worry about being too perfect.
Let your trays dry according to directions, or overnight.
Next, apply gold leaf sealer and let dry thoroughly before using. Keep in mind the gold leaf is not food safe so after gold leafing, please don’t use these trays for anything other than holding jewelry or other odds and ends.
These trays aren’t just for jewelry either. They would also look sharp on a desk as they’re the perfect size for holding paper clips, post-it notes, random bills or other small office supplies. A larger tray would be perfect at the front door for catching keys and mail. Endless possibilities.
Do you love gold accents? Would you be happy to receive jewelry trays like these as a gift? Please feel free to share your link in the comments below. We would love to see your take on this simple project!
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