September 23, 2013

DIY Gold Leaf Hurricane

Happy fall, y'all!

To celebrate the start of the new season, I made my first fall project – a DIY gold leaf hurricane:

I started with a clear glass hurricane I got from HomeGoods a couple of years ago:

I wasn't sure how thick I wanted the gold leaf band to be but 1 1/2" looked the best to me so it's what I went with:

I applied painter's tape all around the hurricane at 1 1/2" increments:

I didn't make any measurement marks on the glass, I simply held the tape measurer up and made sure I was lining the tape up at 1 1/2" as I went around the hurricane.

After the entire hurricane was taped off, I began applying the gold leaf's adhesive size AKA glue:

I used the Speedball brand and applied it with an angled brush making sure it didn't pool up in any spots.

Once the adhesive size had gone from milky white to clear (about 5 minutes):

I began to apply sheets of gold leaf:

I applied the gold leaf to the outside glass of the hurricane as well as the top lip of the hurricane, avoiding the glass inside:

After all of the gold leaf was applied, I gently brushed off the excess until I was left with this:

I slowly started to remove the tape by pulling it out and away from the hurricane at an angle:

After all of the tape was removed, I started to apply the gold leaf sealer:

I chose to apply it after I pulled the tape off in case I needed to touch up any of the gold leaf around the bottom edge where the tape was removed.

I could have stopped here and moved on to the filler stage but because I can't leave well enough alone, I decided to grab some excess pyramid stud trim I had leftover from my console table makeover and my trusty E-6000 glue.

I applied a small dab of the glue to the end stud and stuck it in place. I held it until it set up (about a minute) and then I wrapped the rest of the trim around the hurricane lining the middle of the studs up with the bottom of the gold leaf's edge. I cut off the excess trim and glued the last stud in place next to the first stud. I held it in place until it dried and then I adjusted the studs' placement until I had this:

I filled the bottom of the hurricane with 10 oz of whole coffee beans:

I eyeballed the center of the hurricane, nestled a candle down into the coffee beans, and lit it on fire:

The candle is in a glass jar of it's own so I don't have to worry about it setting the beans on fire.

When the candle's glass jar heats up, it warms the coffee beans which makes our house smell divine!

I made the hurricane for fall but it can easily be used year round simply by switching out the filler elements and candle scent!

What do you think of my first fall project?


The Lettered Cottage


  1. so pretty and glam! that trim takes it over the top!

  2. I love gold leaf anything! That turned out so great!!! xo Kristin

  3. I've never used golf leaf. The blogger shame. This looks really good. I've always been curious if the coffee been thing really worked or not. Very cool.

  4. This is so pretty and totally a fall decoration that I can handle.

  5. love it- and I'm so glad studs are on trend right now. our houses are going to look so badass. haha

  6. And you do it again! So great. And can coffee beans actually start on fire?

  7. Well if this isn't the best thing ever, I don't know what is! I LOVE gold leaf. I've been wanting to use it so bad. I need to just DO it.

  8. I want to try this stuff! it looks so fun and chic! and super yum to those coffee beans in there!

  9. I love this!! I've never tried a project with gold leaf but you make it look so easy. I bet the coffee beans smell amazing as well. What a great project!

  10. FABBBB!! The gold studs take it over the top. Gorgeous!
    Kelly @ View Along the Way

  11. The studs MAKE it.

    But don't tell gold that I said that...

  12. This is so pretty! I love the gold and I love the idea of burning a candle with coffee beans. Love that smell!

  13. Nope. You bought that. Even though I watched you make it, it looks too good to be home made. Impressive work.

  14. never leave well enough alone when it comes to gold pyramid stud trim! love it!


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