Unlike the idea of “gilding the lily,” something simple like a rustic terracotta pot feels enhanced by the addition of a little glitter and glam! We love the mixture of the raw clay with the shiny gold. Of course, we never get sick of anything that carries a golden hue. Here is another great idea for a gift, a party, a centerpiece, wedding favors or a refresh on something you already have. These gilded pots look great with frosty blue succulents or as a holder for air plants. — The Ladies of Forêt
View the full how-to after the jump . . .
- terracotta pots
- spray adhesive
- gold-leaf sheets
- small dry paintbrush
- spray sealer
1. Gently mist the terracotta pot with spray adhesive where you want to add the gold leaf. We chose to focus on either one side of the pot or the top edge of the container.
3. Pull back the waxed paper layer. Don’t worry if some of the leaf hasn’t fully adhered to the surface; you’ll be able to use the dry paintbrush to press down the leaf to help it adhere and brush away any pieces that don’t stick.
4. Once the gold leaf looks the way you want it, lightly dust the surface with the clear sealant to set the gold leaf, and voilà! You have your gilded pot ready to plant. If you already have potted plants to which you wish to add gold leaf, simply repeat steps 1–4, but be careful not to mist the plant with spray adhesive or sealant.