Welcome! You are in for a treat today! You’ve either stumbled here because of one of the other fabulous bloggers sharing handmade gifts today, or not. Which means you’re either enjoying loads of great handmade gift tutorials, or you’re about to be! My handmade gift idea is these darling little cutomizable gold leaf embellished trinket plates.
What You’ll Need:
A lot of this process involves playing around with your options until you like how it’s turning out. I had a lot of fun creating my plates’ designs, but I changed my mind a lot to get to what they’re at now.
The Numbers Plate is actually the house number for one of my giftees. Use vinyl numbers and dots (the period stickers) and stick them straight to the plate. Following the direction for the adhesive, paint on a thin layer and wait until the adhesive is clear and tacky. Then, just lie the gold leaf onto the adhesive and use a brush to press it all down. Then use a stiff dry brush to flake off all the excess. Coat the plate with the sealer and set aside to dry.
The Marker Marks and Gold Triangle plate was the only success out of my permanent marker attempts. I tried out metallic permanent markers and just wasn’t wowed enough with the effect. For the record: I used a generic permanent marker from the dollar store and it didn’t specify whether or not it was oil based. Just make little tick marks in pairs in alternating directions over half the plate. Place the plate in a cold oven, then set the temperature to 400 degrees fahrenheit. Bake for 30 minutes.
Once the plate is cooled (I let mine cool in the oven overnight), you can take it to your work surface and tape out a triangle. Follow the same directions for using the gold leaf keeping within the triangle. It helps to really run the brush along the edges of the tape to ensure a clean line when pulling the tape back.
The Gold Square plate is easy. Tape out a square shape and follow the directions for the gold leaf adhesive and sealer process.
The Gold Stripes plate is almost just as easy. Tape out a square and then tape across the square twice. Follow the directions for the gold leaf and sealer process and BAM!
The plates make adorable additions to a watch or bracelet gift. Or on their own. Trinket trays are perfect for placing keys, accessories, and wallets into. Although the sealer holds everything down pretty good, it is not food safe. If you’d like to replicate the process for food items, you would need to pick up a sealant that is food safe.
I wrapped a few atop some christmas gifts I’d already picked up. I get pretty stoked for Christmas and start my shopping in the summer. I wrapped the gifts in fun red glitter wrapping paper and tied everything together with the natural cotton twine. The trinket trays look adorbs as gift toppers!
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DIY Gold Accented Trinket Trays – For My Love Of (you are here!)