Clear Ornaments with Silver Leaf

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

graphic for challenge

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 month’s 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 Michaels for $5, pretty good right?

clear ornaments in the container

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 leaf sheets for ornaments

Silver leafing can be a bit messy, so I suggest putting a drop cloth or paper underneath when making this ornament 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 for the Leafing

Step 1: Adding the Leafing Glue

After adding your adhesive, let it dry. By the way the glue with be a white color. It will dry clear and become tacky.

adding leaf adhesive for the silver leaf on the balls

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

Adding Silver Leafing

showing the glue wet and white

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

first bit of silver leaf on ornaments

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

Smoothing the Silver Leaf

Step 2: Smoothing the Silver Leaf After Application

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

smoothing the silver leaf with a brush
more of the leafing and ornament
showing the first bit of silver on the ornament

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

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

one ornament finished

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

silver leaf balls in a wire basket

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?

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. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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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