Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gold Leaf Pillow DYI

Have you ever wondered if you could make your own beautiful gold leafed pillow covers? You can!!! It's easy, and not very expensive.

You will need:

Small Paint Brush
Large Dry Brush

I have bought a couple of beautiful gold pillows lately, and started wondering if I could make my own. I looked on pinterest, and found someone that had gold leafed on a pillow. I will give you the link to her tutorial at the bottom of this post. I did a few things different that she did. 

I used a pillow cover that I bought (see affiliate links above). It is sewn, not heat bonded. It's legit. She made her pillow using a method other than sewing, and if fell apart.

The other thing I did, was to put a sealant on the gold leaf. You find it at Hobby Lobby right next to the gold leaf, or in my affiliate links above. I was unsure how this would work, but it has held up really well, and feels almost the same as my store bought gold pillow. My kids have been laying on it. There has been no flaking and nothing has rubbed off. I don't know that I dare wash it in the washer, but for now, it is doing great!

It looked so beautiful on the Studio 5 set yesterday.

All I did to make it, was tape wide strips of masking tape in strips a crossed the pillow. I then painted the gold leaf adhesive on the areas where I wanted the gold leaf to stick. I waited a few minutes until the gold leaf became tacky, and then placed the gold leaf sheets on the tacky glue. I rubbed the gold leafing in with a dry brush, and pulled the tape off. I then covered the gold leafing with the sealant. It dried quickly. The sealant changed the color of the gold slightly, for a few days. It brought a more orange shade, but after a few days, the color was back to the way it looked when I applied it originally.

I didn't snap any picture of the process, because it is pretty straight forward, but this is a picture of another leafing project I did that shows the brush that brushes away the excess leafing that doesn't have any adhesive to stick to.

It is a beautiful addition to my family room.

The metallic pillow post I followed for my pillow can be found HERE.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!



Allison said...

I LOVE this and am so excited to try it. Would you mind telling me where you got the pillow cover? I can't get any of the affiliate links to work.

restlessrisa said...

Hi Allison, I got it for $2 at the pick your plum warehouse in Layton, Utah. I should become an affiliate for them!

restlessrisa said...

Thanks for telling me about the links. I don't know why they aren't working!

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