DIY Gold Foil Stencil Tutorial



DIY Gold Foil Stencil Tutorial: My love affair for gold continues.  Gold foil is a simple way to add a beautiful metallic effect to many craft projects.  Commonly known to use on paper print DIYs, gold foil can also be used on porous material like fabric, cork and wood.  Time to start thinking what needs a metallic finish because this project is easy to do with a big impact!  What I like about gold foil vs. gold leaf, is that it’s easier to apply, less mess, less steps and the metallic foil is shinier than the gold leaf.  If you are using fabric, gold foil can be washed, where as the leaf can not.


Gold foil can be used with a stencil.  I teamed up with Royal Design Studio for this project to bring this beautiful metallic DIY to life using their Palmedo Prairie Song Stencil.  Geometric and gold go so well together!  Royal Design Studio has a huge library of stencils in different shapes and sizes.

Most gold foil projects use heat to transfer, but this tutorial uses a glue that once dry the foil will adhere too.



pillow cover — I sewed mine out of drop cloth but you can buy a cheap one


gold foil

foil liquid adhesive



paint sponge


Tape down your stencil.  Insert a cardboard or something flat in the pillow so the glue doesn’t transfer to the other side of the fabric.  Pour liquid adhesive on a paper plate.  Using a sponge or paint brush, fully cover the stencil pattern design.  Give it an even coat and full coverage of the adhesive.


Remove the stencil and let the adhesive dry for about 20-30 minutes.



Once dried, take your foil sheets and firmly press down on the glued design.  The more the foil connects to the glue, the more foil will come off the sheet.  I used the end of my paintbrush and rubbed over the design to get a really good connection.



Gently pull off the foil and you will see the foil adhering to the fabric.  Keep repeat to get maximum coverage.  Rubbing the foil on the glued pattern.  Then peeling off.

If you want more of an even finish, heat must be applied like an iron or laminate.  This is a quick easy way that gives off a raw organic beautiful finish.

And you know I love giving homemade gifts to my girlfriends for Christmas like the crystal jewelry boxes.  This would be a perfect holiday gift!


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Simple Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations: Mad for Plaid and Printables

simple thanksgiving table setting decorations

Simple Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations: Mad for plaid, especially black plaid, is going strong this season, and I am fully into it.  For my thanksgiving table this year, I wanted to create a simple, yet modern table setting that somehow used plaid pattern, but not over the top.  And was also kind to my budget.  Thankfully, I had most of the table setting glassware and dinnerware from previous dinners, but I did want to add a few new decorations so it would give the table a new thanksgiving look.

simple thanksgiving table setting decorations plaid gold give thanks

I actually did a few DIY’s on this table setting.  The DIY’s steps and printables for the menu and seating names are posted below.  Resources are listed below the post.  The black plates are a DIY and a knock-off from last year’s West Elm thanksgiving plates.  The templates can be downloaded below in this post.



Black and gold are my favorite especially in subtle form.  The Menu and place card is also a printable.  Easy to add your items to the list and print for each of your guest.  I cut fresh rosemary from my garden for a touch of detail.  The musky, greenery smell is perfectly fitting for the occasion.

simple thanksgiving table setting decorations plaid and gold

I made the black and white plaid table runner from Ikea fabric.  Then I took fabric scraps to wrap around the napkin and menu.  You can sew the strips or glue them down!  The tissue-covered pumpkins came in handy for a decoration on the thanksgiving table.  Mercury glass vases and votives bring a shimmery glow to the table.






simple thanksgiving table setting decorations

Resources and How To’s:

Thanksgiving Stencils for black platesDOWNLOAD HERE .  If you have a cricut, upload and size down to 8.5″x 11″.  Then cut stencils out on vinyl or heavy cardstock paper.   If you DON’t have a cricut, print out the stencil on your printer and follow my instructions on how to transfer artwork using graphite/chalk paper.  Then use a gold metallic Deco Arts Paint Pen (they work better than oil-based sharpie pen).  And stencil the design on the plate.  Or if you used graphite paper, go over the design with the paint pen.  Let it cure for 8 hours then bake at 375 degrees for 40 mins.

Menu Printable CardDOWNLOAD HERE for blank card

DOWNLOAD HERE for dish category

Placement Name CardsDOWNLOAD HERE . Once downloaded, add text.  I used the Movus Brush Pen font for the names or use your own.

Plaid Table RunnerIkea Berta Ruta Fabric .  I cut the width the size of a standard table runner (about 20″) then sewed all four sides.  Don’t sew?  Then use fabric glue to secure down the sides–fold down all 4-sides about 5/8″.

Black Dessert PlatesIkea Dinera Side plates stenciled with printables I made and gold metallic DecoArts Paints  (see above for DIY)  I also made Salt and Pepper Shakers with the DecoArts Paint pen.

Gold Utensil Set–Target (can’t find it online.  It’s the Threshold brand). (similar)

GlasswarePottery Barn

Dinner PlatesTarget

White Cloth NapkinsIkea

Mercury Glasses and votives — Michaels

Candelabra branch — Home Goods and then I spray painted it white. (similar)


Get the LOOK of the Simple Thanksgiving Decorations Table Setting: