Clear Ornaments with Silver Leaf

Hello everyone, today I’m sharing clear ornaments with silver leaf.

Today is also our DIY Challenge hosted by Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip.  If you are coming here from Gail’s Purple Hues and Me welcome.   Wasn’t her seeds and beads ornaments pretty?

This months challenge is anything with clear ornaments.  This is a fun challenge and I can’t wait to see everyone’s ideas.

I purchased plastic Christmas balls from Michael’s for $5, pretty good right?


I purchased my my silver leaf from Amazon I have worked with Mona Lisa before.  It’s a great product and you can find the the adhesive here as well.

Silver leafing can be a bit messy so I suggest putting a drop cloth or paper underneath when doing this project. As you can tell from the paper I have been busy with mess y projects.

This product has been much improved from years ago therefore, don’t let the phrase “a bit of a mess” scare you off.

Let’s Begin with Adding Adhesive

After adding your adhesive, let it dry. It dries clear and will become tacky.

I use throw away sponge brushes for this step because a brush can get sticky and ruined.

Adding Silver Leafing

It’s also important not to use too much adhesive. It’s best to make sure it’s smooth and has no bubbles.

As an example, I find it best to apply the silver leaf in small sections at a time. Especially because less leaf is wasted and I found it easier to work with for clear ornaments with silver leaf.

Smoothing the Silver Leaf

The leaf needs to be smoothed and for this step I find a stencil brush works best.

This craft isn’t too time consuming however, it takes patience. Overlapping of leaf is normal and the imperfections of the leaf adds the aged look of the ornaments.

Apologies for not having more pictures. This is a relaxing project and I forgot to stop to take pictures.

Piled into me French wired basket they look pretty sitting on a Christmas book on my bookshelf.

Now hop over to visit Christine at Pallet and Pantry to see her ornament.

I hope you think about giving clear ornaments with silver leafing a try?

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Hello, my name is Cindy and welcome to Cloches & Lavender. I enjoy making our house a home with antiques and thrifted finds. Antiques are used as my staples in my dcor to remain on a budget. I will often upcycle pieces with paint to make them new again. I enjoy DIYs

25 thoughts on “Clear Ornaments with Silver Leaf

  1. Your ornaments are lovely, Cindy and look so expensive! I’ve never used silver leaf but now you’ve inspired me to try it! I also love how you arranged them in the wired basket!

  2. Your patience paid off these are beautiful. They look so pretty in your wire basket. Happy Wednesday. xoxo Kris

  3. This looks so pretty, Cindy. Thanks for all the tips. I’ve done this with pumpkins for fall but never ornaments and I don’t know why! I need to do some this year for sure!

  4. What a fabulous and unique way to color ornaments, Cindy! Silver leafing certainly does add lots of elegance and style to clear ornaments! I love how they turned out!

  5. Cindy, these are so beautiful and elegant! They look so impressive arranged in that pretty container! Thanks for the tutorial! I may try my hand at it sometime.Take care, sweet friend!

  6. oh my goodness, Cindy these are gorgeous! They look like real antique treasures. You did a beautiful job, thanks for the diy!

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