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

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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.

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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.

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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.






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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:

DIY Pumpkin Decorating Idea: Cover it with Tissue Paper

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DIY Pumpkin Decorating Idea: Cover it with Tissue Paper.  Oh yes!  There are so many fun tissue paper patterns and prints out there that this DIY gives a styrofoam pumpkin a new look.  I made these for Halloween decorations and am still enjoying them through fall and Thanksgiving.  Plaid is everywhere this season.  And perhaps you’ve seen this plaid tissue paper when you go shopping.  It’s my favorite, and I’ve been wanting to use it some way. Then I saw Sincerely, Sara D. ‘s darling pumpkin decorations and knew the plaid tissue paper had a good use.  These pumpkins would be perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape!

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I made my pumpkins with tissue paper a little different from Sara’s and instead of mod podge, I used spray adhesive.  Most craft pumpkins are sold out, so use a halloween craft pumpkin that you might have laying around.  There will be more next year!  Spray your pumpkin, wait until it gets to tack (about 3 minutes) then cover with the tissue paper.  Press it down with our fingers until it is smooth.  Cut any excess paper.  Spray down any tissue that is a fly away.

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A easy DIY pumpkin decorating craft idea that will be perfect for your Thanksgiving table scape and will give it a modern style.  Use it as a Fall decoration around the house prior to your big feast!

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Here are other pumpkin decorating items:


DIY: Lacquer Lamp and Shade

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DIY: Lacquer Lamp and Shade.  I have a little corner in my studio that has needed some TLC.  The black lamp that has been sitting on the side table (see the DIY for the side table) is the perfect size and a good modern shape, but needed a little makeover to brighten up a boring corner of the room.  White Lacquer and a touch of gold is a continual trend I am still gravitating toward.  With a little lacquer paint of white and gold, my black lamp has gone from “boring” to “oh yeah”!

Here is the BEFORE of my black lamp.  It’s cute and serves it’s purpose, but it’s definitely missing something.

Black lamp before DIY

A simple, quick solution is to spray paint it, but spray paint color is so mundane.  Lacquer is not!  I recently attended a painting workshop at Amy Howard Home Studios.  I gained so much information and inspiration; I can’t wait to share everything I’ve learned!  I have been wanting to use her lacquer paints, so this was a good beginning project.  Amy Howard Home lacquer paints are much different than the lacquer spray paints you might buy at Home Depot.  Her lacquer paints are a professional furniture grade lacquer using shellac, where as other brands use acrylic paint.  Acrylic lays on top of a piece, whereas lacquer fuses to the piece.  It is a deeper finish.  You can be purchased AHH lacquer paints at your local Ace Hardware or you click here to find a retailer near you.


Tape off your lamp.  Make sure to clean the base with a Simple Green degreaser to remove dust and grime.  Wipe.  Then wipe it down again with water to remove the cleaning solution remains.  You are now ready to lacquer.


I wanted to keep the base of the lamp white so I lacquered with “white perfection“.  Make sure to follow the directions of shaking the can well.  Spray a distance of 6-8” from the object in a left to right, top to bottom motion, overlapping each stroke.  Let it dry for 1 hour in between coats.


I sprayed on two coats of white lacquer on the base.  For extra high-gloss performance, spray “bright idea” , a clear lacquer finish, over a dried layer of white perfection.  The lacquer paint makes the lamp base look like a glass gourd.  So pretty!  The below picture is taken with one coat of paint.


I then decided to switch out the original lampshade.  It was a little too small for my liking, and I wanted something larger and more of a drum.  I bought a reasonably priced new shade.  I like this shade because the inside is plastic and the outside is a fabric.  After seeing this table lamp, I knew I wanted the drum’s inside to be gold metallic.  So, I taped the edge to avoid getting paint on the fabric front part of the shade.  I then lacquered the inside with the metallic “golden egg” lacquer paint.  It took about 2 coats of paint.  The picture below is with one coat of paint.


Once everything was dried, I put it back together, styled my little corner and it looks so much better !

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The gold peeking out is the perfect amount.  And at night, it gives off a warm glow.


Simple and a new look to an old lamp!

lacquer lamp base gold lacquer shade diy amy howard paints before & after

Here are other lacquer lamp options with white and gold!

DIY: Fabric Covered Tray

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DIY Fabric Covered tray: I’ve been wanting to do a DIY fabric covered tray for so long using a faux white crocodile fabric that I bought quite some time ago.  But I kept coming across problems with 4 different glues I was using to keep the heavy fabric from peeling away from the tray.  DIY failed.  So it sat for a while a mess and I looked at it everyday wondering if I should tackle again or just be gone with it.  Tackle it, I did!
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This DIY is simple to complete but you have to get the right glue.  That is the key.  This adhesive is so good, it might even hold down leather (another project in the waiting).
faux-crocodile fabric or any other fabric
exacto knife (optional)


1.  Lay out your fabric.  Place the tray on top and measure the width of the tray and mark.  Try to get the width exact.  Then measure the length of the tray and add additional fabric to cover the side tray.  Then add 1/2″ to the fabric length so you have extra fabric to go under the tray.  Cut out.
2.  You will have a long strip of fabric that will fit your width but longer on the length.  If you’d like to be more precise, take an exacto knife cut off any extra fabric on your width sides.


3.  Place the long strip of fabric to the side.  Cut out another fabric that is long enough for the length of the tray, but the width should just be wide enough to cover the inside and outside sides of the tray.
4.  Make sure you read the directions on the glue.  There is some wait time between application.  The glue sticks better if you let it dry to tacky.  Don’t forget to spray the project outside.  Take the adhesive and spray the outside side of the tray and the fabric side that will be glued down to the tray.  Let it sit for a few minutes until it gets tacky.  Press down the fabric to the tray.  Hold for a few more minutes.  Repeat on the inside side of the tray.
5. Gluing the corner: okay there are so many ways you can fold fabric over a corner.  I probably didn’t do the best way.  So pick what you are used to (think folding the sheets over your bed corner).  You might have to cut excess fabric.  Glue the corner down.
6.  After you are done gluing down all four corners and two of the sides, take the long strip of fabric that you placed to the side and place it over the inside of the tray.  You may want to spray your adhesive first (fabric and tray), then lay it down.  Press.  Hold.  Wait.  And finish off gluing down the short-side of the tray.
Let the glue completely dry then use and enjoy!  This diy fabric covered tray is looks like an expensive tray you’d buy in the stores.
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DIY Tassel Pillow

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DIY Tassel Pillow
Cost: $15 (includes pillow insert)
Project Time: about 1.5 hours
I’ve become obsessed with tassels and making them is so easy!  So sticking with the tassel theme, I am showing how to make a DIY tassel pillow that would look good on a sofa or bed.  This pillow is inspired by this Anthropologie pillow and less than half the price.
I cut out about 32 tassels, and made most of them while listening to my 1st grader read for his daily 20 minutes of reading.  Multi-tasking ladies!
embroidery thread (multiple colors).  For a 20×20 pillow you will need about 16 threads
sewing machine
white thread
pillow cover (I used Ikea Gurli pillow cover)
pillow insert (I used Ikea Fjadrar pillow insert)
Follow these instructions to make the tassels.  Some modifications are that you won’t fold over the embroidery thread.  You will just make one tassel on each end of the embroidery thread (so 2 tassels for 1 embroidery).  I used the same thread color to tie the tassels.  No need to put a jump ring on it.  You will sew it instead.  I cut my tassels about 2 inches.
So for a 20×20 pillow I made 32 tassels (8 tassels for each side).  Once you finish making your tassels, lay out the tassels evenly along the edge of the pillow.  The ikea pillow cover I bought was a flange pillow so I made a little cut between the seam and wiggled the tassel in between so it looked like it was sewn into the pillow cover.  If your cover doesn’t have that, then you can just sew it on the outside and keep that side of the pillow against the sofa.



After you pin all the tassels along all 4 sides of the pillow, sew a straight stitch right along the edge.  Be careful if you have a zipper that you don’t sew the opening shut!  Once done, put the pillow insert in and enjoy!
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Here are some options if you don’t want to make one:


Back-to-School Crafts: DIY Tassel Necklaces

DIY Tassel Necklaces: We said goodbye to summer last week and are now back at school…still in our summer haze though.  With school comes back-to-school shopping, and my girls love all the new clothes, shoes and accessories they want to buy.  As a kid, one of my favorite things I enjoyed about going back to school was wearing new clothes and planning out my outfits for each day.  I always liked to accessorize.  A cute necklace with do that to any outfit.  So we made some long tassel necklaces for my girls to wear with their new outfits. And now I want to put a tassel on just about everything!

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All these craft supplies came from a hobby store (like Michaels or Hobby Lobby).  I bought a bead box and the embroidery thread cost about 40 cents for each one so you can make a lot of tassel necklaces for just under $10!

The step-by-step is really easy and fast to make and easy enough for an older child to put together.
1. Take the entire bundle of thread without taking off the packaging
2. Fold in half
3. Wrap another thread around and around the top portion
4. Tie it off with a square knot
5. Add a metal jump ring to the loop, making sure to include ALL the threads on the ring
6.  Take the packaging off and evenly cut the bottom



To make the beaded necklace, cut the cord about twice as long as you’d like the length.  Take the flexible needle and thread the cord in the hole.  We made a knotted necklace, so you can string the bead and then tie a knot then string the bead and then a knot.  Keep doing that until you get your desired length.  We made the necklaces long enough so we just knotted the necklace off with a square knot.  Or to make the necklace quicker, you can just string the beads on the cord, ending with a square knot.  To attach the tassel, take another jump ring and secure the tassel on the necklace.  Add as many tassels onto one necklace with a jump ring!

Make one for you and add multiple tassels to a simple long gold chain!

DIY: Watercolor Inkblot Artwork

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This is a really fun activity to do with kids on a lazy summer day.  We did this activity outside on our porch for easy clean-up, and my kids came up with a lot of fun color combos.  Creating watercolor inkblot artwork is easy, requires no skills and can make really cool art formations.  Each viewers can take a different perspective on the art piece, and there is no wrong way.
All you need is watercolors, watercolor paper, paintbrushes and cup of water.  Plan to use about 4 to 5 paint colors.  Make sure to add a lot of water to the colors so they spread, but so they aren’t water down also.  For the children, I creased the center of the paper so there is a line of separation.


We did circles and placed similar sizes and colors in mirrored spots between the center line.  Don’t be afraid to overlap circles and to get closer to the center of the paper.  Once satisfied, fold the paper and press down on the paper so the colors merge and bleed together.
For a creaseless paper, make sure that your colors have a lot of water and place another paper on top of painted paper so the colors bleed easily together.  


Open up.  Add any additional colors if you’d like.  Let them dry.


I can’t wait to get these framed!
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Vintage Dresser Re-do with a touch of Modern

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Mirror: Ballard Designs style Atoll (sold out) (similar) || Lamp: West Elm || Dresser Handles: Amazon
Repainted Vintage Dresser: We found this vintage dresser hanging out in the front yard of an abandon house.  It was going to be junked so we snatched it.  This is very much out of my element (grabbing random furniture off the side of the road), but we saw potential in the piece, and it was solid wood and very well made.  They don’t make furniture like they used to!  We cleaned it and kept it in the garage for a while.  Then one weekend we got the urge to finally refinish and stain it. My husband spent a full day sanding, taking off the decorative items and filling any cracks.  Here are the befores:


After sanding, we stain the piece with Varathane sun-bleached.  The color is beautiful, but I will say that it’s more gray than brown.  Once we stain the entire piece I was thinking it looked a little too gray and flat.  We have gray walls so I didn’t want the piece blending with the walls.
After it dried, I then did light sanding and applied one quick layer of Miniwax Special Walnut wood stain.  I let it dried and then touched up with Amy Howard’s One paint in Java, which I applied only a little bit to create more variation and texture.  With Amy Howard one paints you have to finish it off with a wax.  My local store that sells her products were all out of the wax and because of timing I decided to reapply a quick coat of stain to seal the paint.  Afterward I felt satisfied!  I like how you can still see the sunbleached peeking through, and the other colors giving it more depth and texture.  I am wondering if instead I started the base with special walnut and then added the sunbleached over if it would give it a different look.  We bought new handles and kept the hole width from the previous handles. Overall I think the vintage dresser came out good.




To make the vintage dresser look a little more modern, I styled it with a modern pillar lamp from West Elm and a white-framed mirror from Ballard Designs.  The decorative vases and tray are items I had around my house.

Don’t want to DIY and just want to buy it?  Here are some options: