DIY Gold Leaf Pencils


Gold leafing is so gorgeous. It’s easy to do and it makes everyday objects special, like these colored pencils. A set of these would make for such a nice gift, maybe for Mothers Day or a friend who loves to write, doodle, or draw.



Keep reading to see our instructions…

Photography and styling by Liz Stanley. Crafting and assisting by Sara Albers


Gold leaf sheets
2 brushes (tweezers optional)
Gold leaf adhesive
Gold leaf sealer (or this $4 acrylic coating is supposed to be a great cheaper alternative )
Waxed paper
Set of pencils


Step 1: Coat the pencil with the gold leaf adhesive once. Allow to dry 20-25 minutes so it gets tacky and dry.


Step 2: We found the best technique was to roll the pencil in a sheet of gold leaf on a flat surface. This will wrap a large part of the pencil.

Step 3: Use a dry paint brush to adhere the golf leaf in place.


Step 4: Tear of the ends

Step 5: Use tweezers to to pick up smaller pieces and adhere to the other areas of the pencil with a soft brush. Smooth with the brush once more to brush off debris.

Step 6: Spray with golf leaf sealer or varnish (polyurethane spray)





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