Oct 3, 2012

gilded pumpkins

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time : minutes
difficulty : ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
hazards : fumes, liquid leaf addiction
would i do it again? : yes!

i picked up martha stewart's liquid gilding on a whim, thinking i'd try it on a pumpkin or two.


it's addicting!

it's a thinner consistency than mercury...but -- for me at least! -- holds the same mesmerizing fascination. i pretty much want to gold leaf every. single. thing. in our home just so i can play with this stuff some more. see similar metal leaf options from dick blick here.

liquid gilding is sooo easy to use. i applied it with a small goat-hair brush directly onto the pumpkin. a little bit goes a looong way -- which will help you justify paying $6-ish dollars for this teeny-weeny bottle.

it has very opaque coverage.
just look at the before...

...and after:
...and this is only ONE coat!

liquid gilding is very silky-slick. it coats the pumpkin -- or whatever else you may choose to bless with the midas touch! -- like a second skin. so spend time finding the smoothest, least-blemished pumpkin you can.

it comes in a few other colors...which i am going to pick up next time i'm at michael's. i definitely remember copper, brass, and silver...there may have been more.

a simple and elegant addition to your halloween decor:

* mari
nope, you're not crazy.
this post was reformatted in september 2013.

psst! interested in silver gilding? jennifer at {delightfully noted} makes over her deer with it! 


  1. This is so beautiful!! Do you have to peel some of the pumpkin shell first?

  2. thank you! no, i did nothing to prepare the pumpkin except wipe it clean. :)

  3. This turned out GORGEOUS! I've never worked with liquid gilding paint before; may have to change that!

  4. thank you, jennifer! it's definitely addicting -- i can't wait to see what you make with it!!

  5. I, too, have gone looking around the house for more things that I can liquid gild. I have used in on thrifted artwork frames that I had previously spray painted gold but that had sort of turned dull and flat-looking. They are now gorgeous again. It also works for the crevices when you gold leaf something, like, oh I don't know, a nightstand. ; )

  6. love it! anything is better with gold and this is awesome! :)

    1. i definitely agree about the gold -- thanks cassie!

  7. Gorgeous! Love the tone of this gold! Looks like I have a new craft supply to pick up!

  8. I've never gilded anything before - but now I simply must do it.

    Thanks for linking ot the Pumpkin Parade.

    1. what??!!? i can't believe it -- i'm a gilding addict. :D


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