30 Minutes or Less / DIY

Easy DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper — 3 Ways

12.16.15
This post is sponsored by Minted, but all words/ideas/opinions are entirely my own!

It’s not the thought that counts.

It’s the gift wrap.

Yep, I am a material girl. The holidays may be all about giving and kindness and love and all good things, but let’s be real—I like presents. And my liking of a present increases by 27.2% when the gift wrap is pretty. 68% when the prettiness involves oh-so-shiny gold foil. (Those are real statistics, husband, hope you are paying attention).

This year I’m making my gifts pretty pretty pretty with three easy ways to diy gold foil wrapping paper.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

Easy gold foil? Yes, really. No fancy machines, no laminators. Just a couple simple craft store basics and you will have the most coveted gift at the Yankee swap. On the outside, at least, I can’t do anything about what you put inside.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper

Skill Level: absolute beginner (assuming you can wrap a present)

Time: 30 minutes or less per technique

What You Need:

+ kraft paper or other plain wrapping paper

+ gold foil transfer sheets

+ double-sided tape (grab one in a rolly dispenser to save your sanity!)

+ glue dots

foil liquid adhesive

+ paintbrush (I found that a softish bristle brush worked best)

+ scissors

+ bone folder OR save yourself the money and use a credit card

+ the perfect card to finish off your gift presentation

Geometric Gold Foil Wrapping Paper

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

one – Use your tape runner to create a pattern on the paper. No need to overthink it, it can be as simple as a few stripes.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

two – Place a gold foil transfer sheet on top of the tape—shiny side up!

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

three – Use a bone folder, your finger, or a credit card to rub over the foil where it’s covering the tape. I used my library card so you can’t steal my identity, hehehe. As you rub you will see and feel the foil start to separate from the sheet.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

four – Peel off the sheet and see your pretty foiled pattern. If there are any areas that you missed or that aren’t as shiny as you want, just put the sheet back down and rub over it again.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

**Note: Because the foil is being transferred from the foil sheet to the wrapping paper, the foil sheet will be left with lots of empty naked spaces. DO NOT get these naked spots on the exposed sticky tape! It will get super stuck and pull and rip and you will be a sad panda.

five – Keep “painting” with the tape and adding foil until you’re happy with your pattern. Wrap your gift!

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

Confetti Gold Foil Wrapping Paper

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

one – Peel a glue dot off of the glue dot tape.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

two – Stick the glue dot onto your paper. This seemed easier with cold hands, so if you find that the glue dots are sticking to your finger more than to the paper and you are not permanently cold like me, try running your hands under cold water to cool them down. The single dot is a little hard to see, so here is a fancy highlighting technique called pointing:

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

three – Repeat lots of times!

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

four – Place a gold foil transfer sheet over the dots. Transfer the foil by rubbing as above. The dots are so tiny it was easy to just use a finger for this one.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

five – Peel and reveal. Wrap your gift!

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

Brushstroke Gold Foil Wrapping Paper

**Note: The other two techniques you can definitely do on your already wrapped gift, but this one you’ll want to do on the paper before wrapping the gift so the adhesive doesn’t bleed through.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

one – Pour out some foil liquid adhesive and start brushing it on the paper. You want the adhesive to be thick, but not globby. I got about 3-4 good thick brushstrokes with one loaded brush, then went back over each stroke without reloading the brush to thin the strokes out a little.

Different brushes will give you a different look, so don’t be afraid to play around a bit before painting your final gift wrap.

Don’t worry about perfection here, perfection is boring. You can see on my final box that I started with very uniform brushstrokes that gradually got sloppy more freeform as I went along. I promise no one will notice because a) gold foil, and b) you made your own gift wrap.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

two – After you’ve made all the brushstrokes, let the adhesive dry. The directions on the kind I used say to wait an hour, but it really only took about 15 minutes. The adhesive should feel dry but sticky. Test it with your finger after 10-15 minutes—it should feel tacky to the touch but not come off on your finger.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

three – When the adhesive is dry and tacky, place a gold foil transfer sheet over the brushstrokes—all together now—shiny side up. Use your finger/bone folder/credit card to rub the foil onto the wrapping paper.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

Ta-da! Remember, if you missed any spots, just put more foil down and do it again. It’s a very forgiving little DIY.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

Wrap your gifts and enjoy the delighted faces of your giftees!

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

And don’t forget to grab a card! Minted has a huuuuuge selection and rush shipping so you can still make the big day.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

My favorite is the car card, it makes me think the Griswolds are coming over.

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

So who else always gets their holiday cards out late? (Me, I’m the worst).

DIY Gold Foil Wrapping Paper @ Idle Hands Awake

Author: Marlene @ Idle Hands Awake

Maker, baker, cat momma, total nerd, perpetually covered in glitter/sawdust/paint. Blogging DIY and design for modern creatives.

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