Faux Gold-Leaf Christmas Ornaments

Happy December All! Wendy here with a fun foiled ornaments project to share. Quickly and easily create a high-end gold leaf look using inexpensive foil!

These ornaments with their cute tags would make great teacher or co-worker gifts and will add a bit of sparkle to the tree!


Deco Foil Transfer Sheets – Gold

Rebekah Meier Designs – Mixed Media Medium

Paper House Patterned Paper

Paper House 3D Stickers

Paper House Life Organized Stickers

Paper House Life Organized Washi Tape


Other Supplies: Clear plastic ornaments, craft paint or spray dye, glitter, gold twine, gold metallic paper, cardstock, liquid adhesive and snowflake & bow dies.

Christmas Ornaments:

Step One:

Start by mixing some basic school glue and water into a cup to make it runny enough to move easily. Add some paint or dye into the glue mixture and pour into the ornament. Cap and shake the ornament to make sure the glue/color mixture coats the entire inside. Uncap and turn the ornament upside down into a cup to allow excess to drip out.

Hint: I used both paint and dye. I put only one drop of paint and then sprayed dye liberally to increase intensity. The paint helps it to be more pigmented but by using mostly dye the color remains less opaque so that the next step is visible.

Step Two:

Create a small funnel using copy paper (see above picture) and pour a matching color glitter into each ornament, cap and shake to distribute the glitter.

Hint: If you don’t have a variety of glitter colors, use a clear glitter for all ornaments. Another thought (that I had after they were completed lol) was to try spraying Glitter Dust into the glue mixture before pouring it in to see if you get the same effect. Please comment on this post if you try it!

Step Three:

Apply Mixed Media Medium to the lower one-third to one-half of each ornament and allow to dry thoroughly.

Hint: If you do not have the Mixed Media Medium you can use a Deco Foil Liquid Adhesive to apply adhesive to the ornament and continue to Step Four.

Step Four:

Once the adhesive is completely translucent, apply Deco Foil in the color Gold (or any desired color) to all areas where you applied the medium.

Tip: I cut my Foil Transfer Sheets into smaller squares to make it more manageable. This also made it easier to use every bit of foil I could from each piece.TooltipText

Step Five:

Create small tags from the Paper House patterned paper (the snowflake paper used is from the Christmas Joy line) and embellish using die-cuts and Paper House stickers.

Hint: If you do not have a die-cutting system, embellish solely with Paper House stickers!

Step Six:

Add Washi Tape and tags to ornaments and add to the tree!

Hint: Use the back of the tags to address the gift to your intended recipient.

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8 Comments on Faux Gold Leaf Foiled Ornaments with Paper House Gift Tags

  1. Kelsey Thomas
    December 6, 2018 at 2:21 pm (9 months ago)

    These ornaments are so awesome! 🙂 Love the tags too. My favorite part of the holidays is spending time with my family.

  2. trainwithmeghan
    December 6, 2018 at 2:30 pm (9 months ago)

    These are FABULOUS!!!! I love the tags and ornaments! I love spending time with my twin sister during the holidays!

  3. Denise Bryant
    December 6, 2018 at 3:38 pm (9 months ago)

    These are so pretty! I love the ornaments and tags! My hubby just got rid of our old strings of lights…. ugh! Should have saved those bulbs!
    I love making my special recipe of Scandinavian Almond Bars for the holidays, and delivering them to friends and neighbors!

  4. Carla Hundley
    December 7, 2018 at 1:20 am (9 months ago)

    Fabulous ornaments! I
    love driving around town
    and looking at the holiday lights.
    Carla from Utah

  5. Brian Poteraj
    December 7, 2018 at 9:30 am (9 months ago)

    Your ornaments look WOW! The gold makes them look vintage. My sister would love to get a set of these, and I would too. THANKS for the idea. I might have to borrow it.

    • Brian Poteraj
      December 7, 2018 at 9:31 am (9 months ago)

      I forgot to say that I like the food during the holidays. Desserts and candy are my favorite.

  6. Sue D
    December 7, 2018 at 8:01 pm (9 months ago)

    Wow–these turned out awesome. I like to go Christmas caroling.

  7. memalagene
    December 8, 2018 at 10:31 am (9 months ago)

    Wonderful creations! I love all the sparkle of the glitter and added foiling on the tips! My favorite thing this time of the year is celebrating with family and yummy cooking!