DIY Faux Gold Leaf Light Up Tree Inspired by Glade Sparkling Spruce

November 23, 2014Allison Murray
Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I’m in love with pine scents during the colder months. It probably started way back when while I was still in elementary school. We lived in West Texas and just about the only foliage you were going to see were mesquite bushes. One year it was decided that we were going to trek up to where the pines were and cut down our own tree and bring it home. How exciting is that?

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It wound up being a lot more effort than anyone would imagine. Finding a perfect tree on the tree lot with its checkerboard of big Christmas lights above was so much easier by comparison. I remember trekking around in the snow for what seemed like hours, though it was probably less than 30 minutes. And when we found one my dad chopped it down and it was drug back to the car. Upon strapping it to the top of the car, we realized that this tree was much larger than it appeared out in the wilderness.

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

Apparently it is against the law to cut down a tree that is taller than a certain limit. Ours was taller. In fact, when we got it home it wouldn’t even fit in the dining room. My sister and I giggled while my dad would chop a few inches off of the bottom, prop it upright, curse and start cutting on the bottom again. And the whole time, we could smell that tree and with every cut it got stronger and stronger.

Now pine = a happy winter for me. So I was eager to try out the limited edition  holiday scent called Sparkling Spruce from Glade. I always thought I was a purist to the pine scent but it turns out I’m not… this gorgeous smelling wax was quickly put into my cute little owl burner and I could fainly pick up on the hints of eucalyptus and lavender and a little bit of cedar, also. Okay… I’m totally lying. I was all “this smells good, uh huh. It’s not 100% spruce though.” So I looked up online and got the extra scents that really kick this scent up a notch. I’m a cheater. Sorry :)

But while I was smelling my smell goods in the craft room one day I decided it was high time to get into Christmas crafting. Normally my tolerance for all things Christmas is nil until after Thanksgiving. I don’t understand Christmas carols in summer or Christmas trees up in the living room pre-Black Friday. But the scent got me feeling jolly and crafty and I made this fab faux gold leaf Christmas tree for my sister!

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

To make your own  you will need:

  • Ceramic Christmas tree craft kit
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Brushes (one kind of junky because you’re going to fray it up a bit)
  • Glue, I used Aleene’s Always Ready Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • A whole mess of rags or paper towels

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

Here is my kit. Inside it has a multi-color LED candle which isn’t awesome for the overall chichi theme I was going for but the nephews are going to love it at night.

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

Though inside of your kit will be some paints, I’ve always found there is never enough for me. Perhaps I get too much on my face (true story I went to the mirror and had a huge smudge of this stuff across my forehead, gah) but I prefer to grab my own craft acrylic paints. And since we’re not following the color scheme here, that’s just the way it’s gotta be anyway.

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

First you’re going to paint this bad boy gold and leave to dry. Overnight is really best, but if you haven’t got that much time, at least an hour.

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

Next take your ratty brush and paint black on over the gold, making sure to get the black into the cracks. Use your rag to rub the black paint off of the surface. It doesn’t have to be perfect but make a little effort.

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

This is what your tree will look like after all of that painting and wiping. Set aside to dry (this time just 30 minutes is good enough).

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

Take your gold paint and put a small amount on your brush. First pass rub that brush on something else to remove the excess. Now paint onto the tree. This is called dry-brushing and you can see the difference in the right side which has been dry brushed and the left which has not.

Continue for the entire thing and allow to dry a few hours.

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

Glue the light bulbs that came with your kit into  each hole, with the star at the top (I did a bulb and had to pry it out -oops!)

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

The end result is so pretty and reminds me very much of a mirror that used to hang above my Mimmie’s couch when I was a child, where I had so many amazing Christmas days! And with my Glade Sparkling Spruce wax melts nearby, I also get to experience that fantastic, wonderful smell that reminds me of my father lying on his back under a Christmas tree cursing for all he was worth!

Take a ceramic tree kit and turn it into a glamorous faux gold leaf beauty!

I’m sure you’ll enjoy this scent just as much as I do, but there are a whole mess of scents fantastic Glade seasonal scents to try… Under the Mistletoe, Merry Citrus Melody, Apple Cinnamon Cheer, Frosted Cookie Party (what a cute name!), Hot Cocoa and Mint, Gingerbread Jingle, Mocha & Chestnuts. There’s sure to be a new favorite fragrance perfect for you!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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