Crafts & DIY

all that glitters is gold leaf

I just started a subscription to Whimseybox and I am LOVING it. It’s a crafty person’s dream subscription box, and it’s like getting a present delivered to your door every month! Use my link to get $5 off your first box:

So, how does it work?

Every month, Whimseybox sends you a sturdy, reusable box:

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with its contents all wrapped up in a perfect pretty bow:

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a few words of inspiration:

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and all the supplies and instructions you’ll need to make a craft!

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July was all about, you guessed it, GOLD! Unfortunately, the adhesive and sealant that came with this month’s box was putrid. I could smell them in my mailbox, before I even opened the Whimseybox. I attempted making a frame with these stinky liquids, and it was a total disaster. Even with all my windows open and a fan going, I just couldn’t get over the smell. Also, there was gold leaf EVERYWHERE. #goldleafvirgin

I e-mailed their beyond stellar customer service peeps, and they heard my cries of desperation (and gasps for fresh air!) Not only did they send me a replacement frame, they suggested using modge podge as a non-stinky sealant for this craft.

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Since the original liquid adhesive was just as stinky as the sealant, and I wanted a polka dot pattern on my frame, I rummaged through my craft boxes and found some GLUE DOTS. A million times easier, cleaner and non smellier than the liquid adhesive. BRILLIANT.

You could apply the glue dots and gold leaf directly to the unfinished frame, but I opted to add a splash of turquoise first:

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Gold leaf is SUPER finicky. Be extra careful and gentle with it, and try not to handle it too much with your hands. Pro tip: a thin paintbrush helps pick up pieces of gold leaf!

To remove the excess gold leaf, I rubbed a q-tip onto the dots:

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Once all the excess gold leaf is removed, add a layer of modge podge to coat the entire frame.

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Love how it turned out! Now comes the task of finding just the right photo to complement the turquoise and glittery told 🙂

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