I made these gold painted leaves as part of my Christmas wrapping this year, which (of course!) has a nature theme.
I had a lot of pressed leaves collected over the last few months here in Brooklyn – all sorts of exciting leaves that you don’t come across too often in Australia. I also had a few gum leaves (eucalypts) collected from my work because they remind me of home. While beautiful on their own, I thought it would be fun to add some patterns in gold paint to make the leaves more festive.
I used the leaves for my Christmas cards but you could also use them scattered down the centre of your table for decoration, or you could write a name on each one using the end of a paintbrush or a gold pen and use as place settings.
- fresh leaves – aim for a different mix of shapes, sizes and colours
- gold paint
- a small paintbrush
- plastic cup for mixing paint
Press your leaves in a flower press or between the pages of a heavy book for at least a week (use pieces of baking paper on either side to protect your book).