DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes

Welcome back to the 12 Days of Christmas! Have you visited the other fab bloggers who are part of this festive series? To make things especially convenient, I’ve include links to all of them at the end of this post. They have some spectacular ideas so be sure to swing by and say hello.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Today I’m sharing a colorful project that is certain to come in handy this holiday season. Whether giving a gift, decorating your house, or serving cookies, it’s always nice to have a few colorful boxes around. To make these, I started with plain paper-mache boxes from the craft store and gave them new life with a bit of bling and color.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Using some paint and gold leaf, you can quickly create these boxes to make gift giving and entertaining even more special. Aren’t they awesome?

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes

Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

paper-mache boxes (available at any craft store)
craft paint
gold leaf sheets
gilding adhesive
painter’s tape
paint brushes

Begin by painting all of your boxes whatever color you’d like. I chose cheery colors. I suggest giving the boxes two coats for even coverage. Allow the boxes to dry completely.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Then using painter’s tape, mark off areas on the boxes that you want to gold leaf. Have fun and be creative with your shapes.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Once taped, apply the gilding adhesive with a paint brush. Allow it to dry. It will be clear and tacky.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Next, add the gold leaf. If you’ve never worked with gold leaf, it can take some getting used to as it’s very fragile. Where you can, apply whole sheets; then fill in other areas with portions of sheets.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Once the designated areas are completely covered, use a larger paint brush to get rid of any excess gold leaf.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Then remove the tape.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

After I removed the tape I went over the gold-leafed surfaces with my fingers to make sure everything was flat and that there were no loose pieces.

And that’s it! In a couple of hours, you’ll have a collection of gorgeous boxes. Aren’t they beautiful?

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Like I said, you can use these for almost anything. If you’re not a fan of wrapping, just tuck your gift inside in a bed of tissue paper, close the lid, and tie the box up with a ribbon. Wrapping complete.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Don’t the round boxes look great stacked together? The color combination makes me weak in the knees.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

I think they also look wonderful as part of seasonal decor.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

I used gold leaf with a patina for this box (and the round teal box) and I’m obsessed with the way it turned out. It may be my favorite. The pattern is unique.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Doesn’t it look sweet just sitting on the shelf? Plus, it can double as storage for a deck of cards, Post-It Notes, or whatever needs a home.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

You can also use a box to serve holiday cookies. Place a coordinating napkin inside and fill it with your favorites.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

What do you think?

Don’t forget to visit my fellow 12 Days of Christmas bloggers. This a sneak peak of the ideas the are sharing today.

donna

Donna from Funky Junk

marianne

Marianne from Songbird

shanty

Whitney and Ashley from Shanty2Chic

thistlewood

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms

cass

Cassity – Remodelaholic

Well, I’m off to decorate my second Christmas tree this year. Join me here tomorrow to check it out. That is, if I can get it finished in time. I may need to borrow a few of Santa’s elves.

DIY Gold-Leafed Holiday Boxes | Inspired by Charm #IBCholiday #12days72ideas

Merry Christmas, friends!

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  3. Found your site through Funky Junk Interiors. Loving it. Gotta go do some volunteer work for my Church, but will be back on your site tonight. Hopefully, you are my inspiration to stop procrastinating and get going on my own blog and sewing business. Also, sent your site to my nephew. He has your God given talents, also. thanks, Cindy

  4. These boxes are almost too beautiful for words. I think the ones with the gold leaf that has the patina are my faves. So-o-o-o-o pretty!

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  6. Gorgeous gift boxes. I LOVE the gold leaf with patina too. Great texture. Well, I have all of the supplies, guess what I will be doing soon? =) Thank you for the lovely inspiration. I really enjoy reading your blog.

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