MAKE IT / GOLD FOIL PILLOW
Hey everyone, Ashley here! I’m super excited to share my love affair with all things gold with you today by showing you how to create this DIY gold foil brushstroke pillow. Don’t worry, it’s a very do-able weekend project that doesn’t require you to be super precise with a paint brush, plus you’d never know it’s a DIY. That’s a win/win folks!
• Gold silk screen foil
• Silk screen adhesive
• Small bowl for adhesive
• Paint brush
• Pillow cover and insert
• Sheet of parchment paper
• Old magazine or piece of cardboard
• Scissors (optional)
• Squeeze a bit of the silk screen adhesive into a small container to make brushing it onto the fabric easier.
• Making sure your pillow cover is wrinkle free so the foil applies evenly, then lay it down on a flat surface and insert an old magazine or piece of cardboard inside to keep the adhesive from soaking into the other side
• Dip your brush into the silk screen adhesive and wipe away any excess paint (you won’t want too much excess on the fabric or it won’t adhere properly), then make a quick stroke onto the pillow surface and let dry for 30-45 seconds.
• Next, place a piece of gold foil down onto the brushed adhesive spot (you can even use scissors to cut a small section just big enough to place on the glue to make it last longer) with the shiny/metallic side facing up. Place a piece of parchment paper down over top of the foil and apply heat with a household iron for 30 seconds or until to foil is evenly heated. Be sure not to overheat to foil it will burn the fabric and glue.
• Wait until the foil has completely cooled to the touch, then gently remove each piece of gold foil slowly and repeat the steps as necessary until your pillow is covered.
• If you’re having trouble getting the foil to adhere, you’re either using too much adhesive or applying heat for too long.
• Be very careful when printing onto velvet fabric that the iron doesn’t come into contact with the velvet, only the parchment paper or it will singe the texture.
Once your pillow cover is complete, be sure to let the foil cure for at least 72 hours before major handling or hand-washing if necessary.
You can also use stencils to create more precise shapes or designs in foil, too. I really love the idea of doing geometric blocks also. Be sure to show us how you style yours! – Ashley
DIY by: sugar and cloth
photos by Jared Smith