These modern DIY gold leaf boxes are easy to make with stencils from your printer. They make great personalized gifts! SO easy anyone can do them.
I absolutely LOVE the look of gold leaf. I’ve tried it several times, but never done it in a very specific pattern . . . it’s always been an entire surface or a smattering here and there.
I decided it was time to try being a bit more exact with my leafing – like with monograms. There are two people that I wanted to give a gift, and knew that gold leaf boxes would be the perfect way to go.
I’m not quite sure why . . . it was the force or something. I found these birch boxes at the thrift store and they tickled me, so into the basket they went to be used as my surfaces.
I made them over and added the monograms with gold leaf, and here’s how I did it.
DIY Monogram Boxes
Gather These Supplies
- Balsa wood boxes
- Gold leaf with adhesive size
- Acrylic paint – colors of your choice
- Printer and thicker paper (at least 120 gsm weight)
- Craft knife and mat
- Paintbrushes of various sizes
- Mod Podge (optional)
Remove the elastic closures by untying the knots and setting aside. Paint both boxes in the color of your choice – but not the sides. Just the tops . . . and all the way over and back under. Leave the mini handles too.
The next step is to use your computer to create your stencils. Choose a bold font and print the monograms out on thicker paper. Make sure you have enough room between the letters as well – so that you can cut them out and your gold leaf won’t run together in a big mess.
Carefully cut out and remove your letters with your craft knife and mat.
Apply several layers of adhesive . . . and work quickly. Your adhesive will need about 20 – 30 minutes to set up (follow the instructions on the back of the bottle).
Your gold leaf comes in sheets, so remove a sheet from the package and place down on the surface and smooth.Keep smoothing until you feel like as much gold leaf as possible has transferred to the project.
Use a soft bristled brush to rub away the excess. Don’t brush too hard – just apply medium pressure. Now you’ll see I didn’t do the *best* job at applying my adhesive. If this happens to you . . . don’t freak out. It’s okay.
I think sealed my boxes with Mod Podge Satin (I’ll leave that up to you – you don’t have to).