Gold Leaf

Initial Thoughts: DIY Letter Stud Earrings

Glitter N Glue DIY initial Stud EarringsAnything love anything monogrammed or personalized with my initials. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of these letter stud earrings and thought it was time I made a pair for myself.  Note – these also make a wonderful gift and with the Holidays right around the corner… I’m just saying!

Glitter N Glue DIY initial Stud Earrings MATERIALSMaterials: Metal Letter Charms, Gold Paint, Earring Post, Glue, Paint Brush

Glitter N Glue DIY initial Stud Earrings CUTUse your pliers to remove the loops from your letter charms.

Glitter N Glue DIY initial Stud Earrings PAINTIf your charms are silver and you’d prefer gold, used a gold paint to change the color.

TIP: When painting such small pieces, I often use a Q-tips so I don’t have to worry about cleaning a brush afterward

Glitter N Glue DIY initial Stud Earrings GLUEOnce your letters are dry, use your glue to add the earring post to the back of your letters.

Glitter N Glue DIY initial Stud Earrings  KK for Kristen

Glitter N Glue DIY initial Stud Earrings TT for Turner


DIY: Metallic Gold Desk Lamp

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Spray Paint Desk LampThis Sunday Hollywood is throwing a big ole party for a little man named Oscar! Now imagine if the award show was sponsored by Krylon and once an actor won they were handed a boring grey metal statue and a can of metallic gold spray paint. They were then escorted backstage where cameras were set up to capture them actually spray paint their Oscar statue LIVE. Not that would be a show worth watching! LOL

You guys know how I love to take something ordinary and transform it to extraordinary with a few coats of spray paint.  Remember Olly the owl? (Click here if you don’t) He was salvaged from the $1 store and now lives the most fantastic and glamorous life on my shelf. Today it’s time for my boring desk lamp is get a new lease on life.

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Spray Paint Desk Lamp  MATERIALSMaterials: Desk Lamp (available at Target), Krylon Metallic Gold Spray Paint

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Spray Paint Desk Lamp SPRAYThe Krylon Metallic Paint is great! I love the color and it dries within 15 minutes. It took only 2 coats to make my lamp shine.

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Spray Paint Desk Lamp PAINTWhile I was at it, I gave Roberto the rabbit (Smith & Hawken available at Target) a make over too!

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Spray Paint Desk Lamp DESKWhat a difference a few coats of paint can make

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Spray Paint Desk Lamp  ROBERTO THE RABBITRoberto the rabbit reading up on his cousin’s adventures with Alice


DIY: Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots

It rains 3 days out of the year here in sunny SoCal, but on the days it does it’s a torrential downpour and I am NEVER prepared! I can never find my umbrella or suitable wet weather footwear. And of course on those rainy days I usually have a laundry list of errands and spend the day running around the city looking like a wet dog. #NotCute I promised myself I’d be prepared for this season. Custom rainboots are a must and Krylon’s gold leaf paint pen makes this project delightfully easy!

NOTE: Click here for the “Hey Girl Hey” doormat DIY tutorial

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots BOOTSMaterials:  Rainboots (these available at Payless for $29.99)  and…

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots PENKrylon’s 18kt. Gold Leafing Pen (<- This pen is AMAZING!! You MUST add it to your craft stash.)

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots DRAWUse your gold leafing pen to personalize the design on your boots. You can draw polka dots or hearts or a coll tribal print. The design is completely up to you. I chose to create my own leopard print pattern…obviously.

If you a leopard print design is your thing than you can easily create it by drawing “C” and “I” shapes. Go over your shapes with a zig zag stroke to create the furry texture.

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots DETAILSGotta love personalized rainboots!

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots OUTFITStyle Notes: Jacket from H&M | Dress  from Target | Umbrella…ella…ella from Target

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots RAIN

Glitter N Glue DIY Gold Leaf Leopard Rainboots MARY POPPINS SWAG#MaryPoppinsSwag


DIY: Distressed Gold Leaf Vase

Glitter N Glue DIY Distressed Gold Leaf Vase

It’s Academy Awards week here in LA and the city is buzzing in anticipation for the big night. The traffic on Hollywood Blvd. is a nightmare, they’ve closed down my neighborhood park so they can start setting up for Elton John’s Oscar view party and my stylist friends have gone MIAAA (Missing In Academy Awards Action). Awwwww the excitement!

With all the golden madness surrounding the Oscars I figured I’d dedicate this week to all gold everything on Glitter ‘N Glue. While we may never receive an Oscar statue in our lifetime that doesn’t mean that our shelves can’t be adorned golden goodies.  There are many different ways to craft the Midas touch and today we’re play with the gold leaf paper. I’ve seen these gold leafed jars and vases floating around Pinterest and I’m just obsessed. They’re so easy to make and oh so chic.

Glitter N Glue DIY Distressed Gold Leaf Vase MATERIALSMaterials: A Vase, Gold Leafing Paper, Gold Leaf Adhesive, Gold Leaf Sealant, Paint Brush

Glitter N Glue DIY Distressed Gold Leaf Vase GOLD LEAFING PROFESSThe gold leafing process is simple but takes a little practice. However, the great thing about the distressed look of this project is that imperfection is key. The perfect application of the leafing paper is not necessary. First, apply a thin layer of the adhesive to the areas of your vase you wish to make gold. After you’ve allowed time for your glue to set and get sticky, carefully place your gold leafing paper over your glue. Use a dry brush to remove any access paper. A bristle brush will help your obtain that distressed look. Once you’re satisfied with the way the leafing looks on your vase, apply a thin coat of sealant to set the paper. Allow time to dry before use.

   NOTE: The process is generally the same but be sure to read the instruction provided with your brand of leafing materials just to be sure you’re doing it properly.

Glitter N Glue DIY Distressed Gold Leaf Vase FLOWERSNow it’s time to add a little color

Glitter N Glue DIY Distressed Gold Leaf Vase ARRANGEI’m a sucker for fresh flowers. If you live in LA you have to make it downtown to the Flower Mart. You’ll have to wake up early early for the good deals but trust me it’s work the trip. If you’re not in LA or prefer to sleep in on the weekends Trader Joe’s grocery store always has wonderful deals on pretty flowers. If there’s not a Trader Joe’s in your neighborhood…I’m very, very sorry. You ought to pick up the phone, call Mr. Joe and tell him he’s welcome in your neighborhood. It’s a FAB market.

Glitter N Glue DIY Distressed Gold Leaf Vase DETAIL

Glitter N Glue DIY Distressed Gold Leaf Vase WIDEWhat I love most about this vase is that you can see the stems on the inside but yet the bottom is still decorative. Kinda like the clear phone of the 90s… or not. I plan on making a few more like this. All different shapes and sizes, but all golden. Maybe even a mason jar or two. Oh the possibilities!


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