Photos by:

Brian Schindler

Gold leaf has to be one of my favorite DIY goodies – within seconds it can jazz up even the simplest items, turning them into glitzy accents or show-stopping pieces. Such is the case with these gold leaf branch centerpieces, which can also be turned into place card holders. Thanks to Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate for sharing the tips and tricks!

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DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

For this project, you will need:
-Branch
-3/4″ boring bit
-taper candle
-drill
-gold leaf
-spray adhesive
-handsaw

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece supplies - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

Directions:
1. Cut branch to flat ends so it will stand straight; use a handsaw or miter saw.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

2. Use boring bit to drill about 1/2 – 3/4″ deep into center of branch.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

3. Apply spray adhesive to areas of branch.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

4. Gently lay gold leaf to spray adhesive sections.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

5. Rub smooth with tissue paper in gold leaf packet.

6. Guide candle into drilled hole, it may take some forcing, but make sure it stands straight.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

7. For place card holders, clamp a 3″ tall piece to a steady surface.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

8. Use handsaw to cut a little slice across the branch top.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

9. Place card will slide right into the slice.

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece

DIY gold leaf branch centerpiece - photo by Brian Schindler Photography http://ruffledblog.com/diy-gold-leaf-branch-centerpiece


View step-by-step images from this tutorial in the gallery

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1 comments
  • Sana Nurani – Vancouver Mobile Wedding Hair & Makeup Artist

    I love the way this looks! i don’t know that i would ever be able to do this myself for my wedding but i love the gold!