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Long gone are the days that foiling is only for paper! I’ve recently found a product that foils on fabric and wood and I’m more than excited to share my secrets so you can make some fun foil projects too. Although, this look doesn’t have crisp clean lines like those with a foiling machine, you can get beautiful one- of-a-kind pieces and it’s so much cheaper than the cost of a machine with laser printed images!
For this DIY gold foil technique you’ll need:
- Heat source- Use an iron for fabrics and a blow dryer for all your other projects
- Deco Foil– There are so many colors and patterns to choose from and they only cost $5 for a tube of 5 sheets. These go a long way, so make sure you use up every inch! I found several tubes at Hobby Lobby, but their color selection was pretty limited, so I got a couple on Amazon as well. If you have a large project, I’d recommend getting the 20 sheet package which is only a few dollars more.
- Stencil- You can purchase stencils at the craft store or make your own with a cutting machine or paper punch. The paper ones usually only last for one application so keep that in mind.
- Adhesive- Find something tacky that won’t absorb or run on the surface- my favorite adhesive is this fabric glue, which works well for paper, fabric and wood!
How to Gold Foil on Paper
I had bunches of fun making my own gallery art with gold foil. I made this fun gold foil print on some watercolor paper using fabric glue, a blow dryer, a stencil (which you can download at the bottom of this post and cut on your Cricut or print for all art) and some craft foil. You can check out my original gold foil on paper tutorial here for other adhesives and heating details- My favorite adhesive to use on paper is actually a glue stick! In case you were wondering, the 9″ X 12 ” project below only used half a sheet of foil.
How to Gold Foil on Fabric
For this surface, you’ll want to use your iron and of course, fabric glue. You can make all sorts of gold foil projects on fabric. I made a pillow and a “SPOOKY” canvas banner for the fall and Halloween season. For the full tutorial read on here.
First, stencil your image or art onto your fabric using a spouncer foam brush and fabric glue. Let the glue sit for a minute until it’s tacky and not wet. If you put your foil on while it’s too wet, your image will smear, which is especially important to avoid when making letters. Cut out a piece of foil just a little bigger than your adhesive and lay on top. Press down lightly to stick in place. Cover with a piece of parchment paper and iron (wool/ silk setting) for 35 seconds moving in small circles. When project is cool, peel off foil and you’ve got a beautiful piece of art.
How to Gold Foil on Wood
I still want to experiment with this one because it still baffles me that you can foil on wood! I made a fun fall leaf on pallet wood. I plan on setting it out on my front porch with some cute pumpkins and mums, just in time for the fall season! This particular project came out a little darker than we expected because the pallet wood absorbed the stain so quickly, BUT I will say it does give a nice contrast against the silver foil.
For wood you’ll use a blow dryer and fabric glue. First, stencil your image or art onto your wood using a spouncer foam brush and fabric glue. Let the glue sit for a minute until it’s tacky and not wet. If you put your foil on while it’s too wet, your image will smear, which is especially important when making letters. Cut out a piece of foil just a little bigger than your adhesive and lay on top. For this particular project I had to use two foil sheets to cover the adhesive. If that’s the case, slightly overlap the edges of each foil sheet to be sure that all the adhesive is covered. Press down lightly to stick in place. Blow dry each section for 30 seconds to a minute on the highest heat and lowest blow setting. Once you’re done, use a piece of fabric or cloth to rub the foil on the project to be sure the foil is adhered well. When project is cool, peel off foil and you’ve got a beautiful piece of art.
Deco foil has really opened up the doors to foiling on different mediums- I’d love to see if any of you experiment with leather, canvas or paper mache! As for these projects, watch for more detailed, step-by-step tutorials with pictures and maybe even videos in the upcoming weeks.
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