Hello everyone!!  Stop the press: I’m FINALLY blogging about these gold foil painted pots I made a bazillion years ago!  I promise I’ve been trying to get this blog post up for basically forever and it just {hasn’t} happened.  It’s the perfect DIY to remind you that summer is in fact coming .. eventually .. someday {it’s 40 degrees in Pittsburgh today, on May 15th!!!}.  I’m loving all the painted and crafty pot ideas on Pinterest these days.  I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to DIY Planter Ideas and girl, there are some CUTE ideas from some amazing bloggers.  If you need some more ideas, check it out!

Now these gold foil painted pots are {you guessed it!} craaaazy easy to make.  You’re probably thinking, “Sarah, you say that about everything you make”.  Yes, I’m 100% guilty of that.  But girl, you can do this!!

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

Supplies:

  • Small terra cotta pots {mine are from Michaels, of course}
  • Assorted acrylic paint
  • Paint brush or foam brush
  • Elmer’s spray adhesive
  • Gold foil sheets {from Michaels}

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

{{ In the above picture I have pictured the gold foil adhesive recommended for gold foil application.  I didn’t end up using that, and I’ll explain later in the post }}

I chose 5 different shades of blue for these pots.  I love love love blue.  It reminds me of clear summer skies and the waves of the beach.  Nothing screams summer to me more than blue.  I took my babies to Michaels and looked at .every.single.blue. they had.  They were spread out all over the floor, next to all the cheerios Charlie dropped {oops}.  But, you could do ANY arrangement of colors.  Or all the same color!!  I think a few shades of pink would look great with the gold foil as well.

Here’s an up close of the paint {I accidentally picked 1 “high gloss” but you can’t even tell on the finished pot}:

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

I painted the pots over a couple days.  I used a foam brush (from Target!) for even application.  It takes a few coats to completely cover the pot.  It doesn’t have to be perfect since you’ll be gold foiling (is that a word?) them next.

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

Here’s after 3 coats of paint:

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

You can tell they’re not even completely covered after 3 coats.  And, that was okay for the look I was going for.  The lighter the color, the more coats needed {keep that in mind when you’re picking your colors}.

Next, I got started with the gold foil.  Here’s few tips for using this crazy awesome yet MADDENING material:

  1.  It sticks to EVERYTHING, including itself
  2.  It rips very, very easily
  3. It is beautiful when finished, so don’t give up girl!!

I first used the gold foil adhesive that’s recommended for use with the gold foil.  I found it to be tedious and not that glue for the look I was going for.  If you wanted a straight line or circle or something with clear borders, use the gold foil adhesive.

I found the easier way to “distress” with gold foil was to use Elmer’s spray adhesive which I had laying around since I’m a craft supply hoarder.  Seriously.

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

I lightly sprayed the whole outside of the pot with the adhesive.  It doesn’t have to be precise.  Next, I removed 1 sheet of the gold foil and attempted {mostly unsuccessfully} to keep to it from ripping, clinging to itself or something else.

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

I then laid it onto a side of the pot and rubbed my hand vigorously back and forth to make sure only some of the gold foil adhered to the pot.

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

This is what one section looked like after rubbing some gold foil off:

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

I used about 2-3 sheets per pot, depending on how much stuck to me or ripped.

Guys, that’s seriously it.  How easy is that??  I’m really making these as gifts for everyone.

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

I bought some succulents from a local nursery and popped these guys right on my window sill.  Now I have something pretty to look at while doing the dishes!  I need some of these in the laundry room!! 🙂

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

I love how they came out.  Best part: they all look different!!  I love art that is you can make unique to you!

 

That’s it for today, girls!  Have a fabulous week!

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

DIY Gold Foil Painted Pots or planters. Easy DIY craft to make for spring and summer. Would make great DIY gift for friends or teachers! Plant with succulents or small plants to bring some greenery into your home

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Kim~madeinaday

    These are so pretty! I love the teal and gold together. Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on Friday’s P3 Party post! Have a great week! Thanks for pinning!
    Best,
    Kim

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  2. Eric Peacock

    Since your using the imitation gold be sure to throw a clear coat on the gold foil… otherwise it will oxidize. Take it from a calligrapher/gilder who knows from experince. Had to redo a commissioned piece which was a rather large project. Client paid extra for the real 24k gold sheets… but i always give a choice for the real deal or imitation gold (only now I spray the speedball gold foil sealer before adding and gloss mediums and such.

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