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distressed gold leaf pumpkin //handmade jade

I wanted to do something fun with pumpkins for the season and I’ve been dying to actually use the gold leaf I’ve had for years! But I’ve been loving the whole distressed look of things lately so I thought I’d try and see how easy it was to distress the gold leaf! Turns out, it’s pretty simple! I did a few pumpkins so I had a chance to play around with variations of intensity of the distress, lightly and intense. My pick is definitely the intensely distressed big pumpkin with the white paint underneath. Love how they turned out! I feel like gold leafing everything! lol

distressed gold leaf pumpkin //handmade jade

diy distressed gold leaf pumpkin // handmade jade – pumpkins { all shapes & sizes }
– paint { I used white chalkboard paint }
– paint brush
– gold leaf
– gold leaf adhesive
– gold leaf brushes
– soft cloth gloves to apply the gold leaf
Optional *- leaf/leaves, double sided tape, paint for the leaf in any color { I used some gold leaf paint that I had }
* I found all of my supplies at Michaels Craft store except the chalkboard paint I used which I got from a small hardware store near my house & the pumpkins which were from a local market.
{while doing the tutorial I found that the mod podge I was going to use didn’t work how I thought, so it’s in the picture but i didn’t use it}

diy distressed gold leaf pumpkin // handmade jade1. Paint the pumpkins with at least 1 coat of paint, most likely you’ll need 2 coats. Let dry completely.

diy distressed gold leaf pumpkin // handmade jade2. If you are applying a leaf or leaves to your painted pumpkin then paint your leaf/leaves and let it/them dry.

diy distressed gold leaf pumpkin // handmade jade3. Apply the gold leaf adhesive to the areas of the pumpkin where you want the gold leaf and let it dry until it’s tacky. The color of the adhesive will change from white to clear. I did mine in sections for the larger pumpkin.

diy distressed gold leaf pumpkin // handmade jade4. Put on your gloves & apply the gold leaf to the pumpkin on the area you put the adhesive. Using your gold leaf brush, rub down the surface of the gold leaf to adhere it to the pumpkin. Make sure all the areas of pumpkin are filled where you want them to be.

5. Repeat steps 3 & 4 until all areas of the pumpkin are covered in gold leaf that you want. Allow to dry a few minutes.

6. Using your gold leaf brush and gloves, gently burnish your pumpkin. { brush over the gold leaf gently, rubbing off the excess } Crinkles and cracks on the gold leaf are ok and I think add to a nice aged effect.

diy distressed gold leaf pumpkin // handmade jade7. With your gloves still on, use your finger or knuckle and rub over areas of the pumpkin, this will distress the gold leaf and show the color of paint you used underneath.

diy distressed gold leaf pumpkin // handmade jade8. Add double sided tape to the back of the leaf and attach it to the pumpkin wherever you want it/them.

distressed gold leaf pumpkin //handmade jade

distressed gold leaf pumpkin //handmade jade

distressed gold leaf pumpkin //handmade jade

distressed gold leaf pumpkin //handmade jade

The gold painted leaves on this pumpkin didn’t quite turn out how I wanted but there’s always next year!

Jade, xo

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