How To | Make a Gold Foil Vase + Pot


We recently joined up with The Chic Canuck Team to host one of their curated workshops in support of CAMH's Darkness to Light event. In an effort to defeat mental illness and raise funds and awareness for CAMH, this was the inaugural year for the city-wide, all-night event. It was a great night for a great cause, and things were certainly bright well into the night. We hope to come back next year! 

Here's what we created at the workshop, and now you can try it too. 


  • Glass vase or terracotta pot. Or anything you want to apply gold foil to! I also tried it on a Moleskin notebook.
  • Gold foil adhesive. You can find this at an art supply shop near the gold foil sheets.
  • Gold Foil Sheets. Not a fan of gold? They come in bronze and silver too.
  • 2 flat, soft brushes. Size can depend on how on your surface area. Acrylic brushes are great. Use one brush for the adhesive (wet brush) and one for brushing the foil (dry brush). 
  • Gold foil sealer or varnish. I just used a typical sealer to protect the gold foil and prevent tarnishing. If you want something more heavy duty (dishwasher safe), ask for one at your art supply shop.
  • Painter's tape. For masking areas. You can use varying widths for different effects. 
  • Rubbing alcohol. To remove excess glue or varnish when you're done. 


  1. Decide what kind of design you want to create. This is the hardest part! You can get graphic and mask areas and shapes, or go freestyle and mimic your brushstrokes. 
  2. Make sure you surface is clean and dry.
  3. Using a flat, soft brush or foam brush, apply the adhesive to your surface. Apply extra coats on surfaces that are more porous (wood, clay, paper based, etc.). Let dry for about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once the adhesive appears less cloudy, you can carefully place the gold foil sheet on the surface. Use the transfer sheet to apply the bright gold side down. Gently brush the gold foil in place with a flat, soft brush. The brush MUST be dry.
  5. You don’t have to apply it all at once. Go back and fill in spots as necessary. The gold foil is delicate, but forgiving.
  6. Once the gold foil is in place, use the same dry brush to carefully dust off excess gold foil.
  7. Using a flat, soft brush, apply a thin coat of the sealer. The adhesive can be used as a sealer for a matte finish. Or, use a glossy sealer.
  8. Let dry completely (allow 24 hours). Remove any tape very carefully. If there is excess glue or varnish on your surface, you can gently remove it with rubbing alcohol.
  9. Admire your creation!

Thanks to The Chic Canuck and CAMH for allowing us to be a small part of their event. Happy gold foiling!