I can’t tell you exactly when it was that I fell in love with gold leaf, I just know that when I did I fell hard. My sister and I have always been told that we were little monkeys because they, too, were drawn to shiny things. I do know that it wasn’t until I had a crazy familiarity of my local craft store due to constantly visiting to buy supplies when I decided to make this site my life’s work.
When I did stumble upon them, those pretty, gold sheets called my name and I bought them without even knowing what they were or how they worked. Now I have to tell you that in my little world gold and silver means fancy and colorful means happy. Put the two things together and I guess you’ve got fancy and happy and what’s a better combination than those 2 things? Nothing. Except perhaps fancy, happy plus Gallo Family Vineyard Wines. Yes, now that’s the ticket!
Now I’m going to drop a little truth bomb on you here… Christmas is like crazy upon us. It’s pretty much already here! Your guests are basically on their way! Oh, my goodness your crazy aunt has a lampshade on her head! Oh my gosh why is there SO MUCH wrapping paper on the floor?!? Just kidding…. we still have a weensy bit of time to pull our act together. And I’m about to help you with the entertaining portion of the holidays. We’re going to make these gorgeous colorful gold leaf wine glasses that everyone can ooh and aah over as they sip their tasty wine (might I suggest Gallo Family Pinot Grigio?) while you explain, “no, darling, I didn’t buy these, I made them!”
For this project you will need:
- Colorful wine glasses
- Alcohol (rubbing alcohol to be specific but every kind has its place ;)
- Dishwasher safe decoupage
- Loose gold leaf
First you’ll need to find colored glass. I bought mine at one of those inexpensive general store types that carry a little bit of everything for a buck apiece. Boom! Score! Remove labels on the bottom of your glasses and wash with warm, soapy water. Dry completely and clean the exterior of each glass with rubbing alcohol.
Apply a thin amount of dishwasher safe decoupage onto the bottom of each glass, including the base and stem if your glasses have them. What you see here is MORE than you actually want to use but I needed to make it visible for the pictures. You can go crazy, as I did, or work up a pattern if you prefer. The only rules are that you need to be sure to keep the decoupage and gold leaf far enough away from the lip that they won’t make contact with the mouth as these 2 things are not food safe.Pat your loose gold leaf all over the wet decoupage. Set aside and allow to dry. Don’t rush it, as I did or you get to start all over again. Give your glasses at least an hour, 2 is better for the glue to fully set.
After your glasses have had an appropriate amount of time to dry use your fingers to rub away the excess and loose gold leaf. You can be fairly rough with it and you should still have a good amount of gold leaf stay with the glasses. Be sure to get everything that wants to come off now before you have guests walking around with metallic hands.
Apply another coat of decoupage onto the gold leaf to help it stay put and keep these glasses dishwasher safe.
Allow to cure at least 24 hours before washing and using. Now, using a dishwasher safe decoupage should make you think that these are perfectly dishwasher safe BUT if you really, really want to keep these glasses as is I HIGHLY suggest hand washing. It’s up to you whether or not you want to take the risk of the glasses getting messed up.
Grab a few bottles of your favorite Gallo Family Vineyard Wines and let the guests roll in. And now we at least have the beverage portion of the holidays down! Find out where to buy right on over there and then hit up Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook for even more ideas to celebrate not only the season but the whole year!