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
• Iron
• 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.

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• 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.

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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

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DIY by: sugar and cloth

photos by Jared Smith


Add your own

    Colleen says:

    Love this! I have a few velvet pillows that could definitely do with a refresh

    Komik Hetai says:

    I just love the pillow. I was looking for something in my craft room the other day and ran across some foils that I had forgotten about. All I need is the foil adhesive and I’m set. So it’ll be off to Hobby Lobby I go. Well, maybe when The sun comes up and it stops snowing. Happy New Year!

    Lauren says:

    This is so gorgeous!! I love metallic accents in decor lately.

    Rebecca Ellis says:

    I love this idea! I have been adoring gold myself (thank you Pinterest)… so this is something I’d love to try myself x


    Vel says:

    This is fabulous! Thanks!

    This is BEAUTIFUL! I’ve been wanting to make gold polka dotted pillows… and this is perfect!! Do you have a link to where you purchased the gold silk screen foil and adhesive? I found this stuff, but wasn’t sure if it was the same… http://www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/screen-printing-foil-heat-transfer

    Lynne says:

    I would love it if you would provide a link to where you purchased the supplies, especially the foil and adhesive. That sort of info is always so useful.

    Naomi says:

    Who, I LOVE this DIY! I want to do it on more than a pillow!
    I never heard of silkscreen foil before, where do I get it?!

    Dana says:

    That looks fantastic!
    I have to try it.

    Thank you.


    Veronica says:

    I love the color combo of rich pink + gold!

    Always Me says:

    Looks simple and so chic. I love the color combo!

    Kelly says:

    Oh my goodness, this is adorable!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

    So in love with this! Great project. x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

    This is ridiculously gorgeous! Who knew you could do this….problem is I will now need to do gold foil brush strokes everywhere….wonder how that will go down with my hubby?!

    This is an inspiring idea and really beatuiful project!
    You could get easily the same result with the New Gold paint of Autentico Paint. Have you ever tried to paint with it?

    Anna says:

    This blog is soo inspiring <3 thanks for sharing


    love this Ashley! it looks simple to do too..pinned !

    Mdizzles says:

    Yes! Where to find foil and adhesive supplies would be very helpful!

    Aimee says:

    Do you think I could do this on an area rug? Would the foil still adhere okay?

    Toni Marie says:

    This is so cute, I love it! Really wanna make this soon 🙂


    Kirsty says:

    Love this, such a simple idea but it looks fab! http://kirsty.ws/

    John Hartil says:

    Lovely piece of work. It looks gorgeous!

    Mary L. says:

    I love gold foil and have been wanting work with it for a while. I will really want to do this! Great tutorial 🙂 Have a lovely day!

    Eloquence says:

    I love this! It looks so artistic. It certainly looks a lot more complicated than it is.

    Whaaaaat??? This is crazy! I need gold silkscreen foil….

    Love this project! any links to the supply list?

    Motte says:

    I’m not sure why anyone would not try this – I definitely will! Great project!
    x Motte

    lavivavera says:

    Thank you for sharing this amazing idea! These pillows would be perfect for my couch 😉

    Eline says:

    Looks lovely!
    Where did you buy the paper and the glue?

    omg, this is so pretty…pink and gold such a lovely combo, and the process is easy enough to try…


    Emily says:

    What a lovely idea!! It looks amazing 🙂
    Emily xx

    Angelique says:

    I’d love to try this, but I’m having trouble finding the supplies. I’ve looked online and called around to art supply stores with no luck (what I found online looks totally different so I don’t know if it’s the right thing). Can you let us know where you go the foil and adhesive?

    Joanna says:

    I’d also love to know where you bought the supplies for this project! I want to try something similar and I was just today wondering how to do it, and then I found this post!!

    Erica says:

    I look forward to trying this 🙂

    Linda says:

    i have searched and can’t seem to find the supplies. Any ideas or links?

    Laetitia says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try something similar. Thanks for sharing!

    xo – Laetitia

    Kerri-Ann says:

    I love this! Can you please let us know where to get the supplies from? Thanks 🙂

    Simone Ashley says:

    PLEASE post where you bought the supplies (gold foil and adhesive)!

    Jill McMahon says:

    Please post where you got the supplies ive been searching for hours!!!!!!

    Mdizzles says:

    Still wondering where to find supplies!

    Excellent weblog here! Also your web site a lot up very fast!
    What web host are you using? Can I am getting your affiliate hyperlink in your
    host? I want my website loaded up as quickly as yours lol

    What’s up colleagues, its wonderful paragraph on the topic of teachingand fully explained, keep it up all the time.

    Stella says:

    This is absolutely beautiful and seems easy enough for someone who’s not very savvy with crafts.

    Brittany says:

    In bigger cities (I’m in LA) and there silk screening supply stores. I went to a super helpful place called McLogan in DTLA. The adhesive unfortunately doesn’t come in small amounts so it was about $30 but there are a TON of foil choices!

    Joyce de la Rosa says:

    I just love the pillow. I was looking for something in my craft room the other day and ran across some foils that I had forgotten about. All I need is the foil adhesive and I’m set. So it’ll be off to Hobby Lobby I go. Well, maybe when The sun comes up and it stops snowing. Happy New Year!

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    Tote Bags says:

    Lovely Diy, just wonder if the gold with flake off after some time.

    I was given some gold sheets and didn’t really know what else to do with them. This is a really good idea!

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