Create beautiful, budget-friendly Easter decorations with Jolie Paint and Metal Leaf! Follow the step-by-step tutorial or watch the video tutorial to learn to paint and gild wooden Easter eggs and metal buckets.
Read the step-by-step instructions below or check out our instructional video.
Tools & Materials
Use Jolie Artist Brushes to paint the wooden egg with Jolie Paint (we used Deep Lagoon). If doing a dipped effect, dilute the paint with a little bit of water in a separate container and dip your egg. Allow the paint to dry.
Apply a second coat of Jolie Paint if necessary. Allow the paint to dry.
Apply Gold Size with an Artist Brush (or smaller tool if necessary) in the places that you are going to gild with Metal Leaf.
- For cleaner lines, place painters’ tape over the areas that you do not want to gild before applying Gold Size.
- For a more natural effect, stipple the Gold Size randomly over the surface, leaving some places untouched.
- You can also dip your egg into the Gold Size for a natural dipped effect. Wipe off any excess.
Allow the Gold Size to come to tack (it should be clear and feel sticky). This should take about 10-20 minutes.
Cut your Jolie Metal Leaf (we used Gold) into smaller strips so that it is easier to handle. Place your Metal Leaf over the tacky size.
Use a soft, dry brush to push the leaf into place and brush off the excess. Allow the Gold Size and Metal Leaf to dry in place.
Carefully remove any painter's tape from your eggs if you used it. Apply a protective coat of Jolie Finishing Wax in Clear to your eggs with a soft, lint-free cloth. Wipe back any excess with a clean cloth.
Follow the same steps to paint your Easter bucket "basket." If painting a shiny metal and the paint is not sticking, sand the surface slightly with a Jolie Sanding Pad to add some tooth to the surface and repaint.