DIY Gold Leaf Planters

Hate to say it, but it’s time to start thinking about the holidays, guys. I know! As much as I love the holidays, it can be a bit overwhelming getting gifts, gatherings, and decorations planned.

That’s where these DIY gold leaf planters come in! They’re the perfect gift for anyone who loves plants! Scroll down for the full tutorial.

You’ll Need:

  • Old tea tin can or regular plant pot
  • Spray paint and primer
  • Gold leaf and gold leaf glue
  • Paintbrush

 I have some great holiday ideas coming your way, including some clever DIY gift ideas to give to your loved ones… like these gold leaf planters! How rad are they?! So perfect for adding in some bright cacti or other colorful plants in your home. Plus, you can choose your planter color to customize for your loved ones’ gifts (or for yourself!). Let’s learn how to make them!

DIY gold leaf planter


  • Old tea tin can or a regular plant pot
  • Spray paint and primer (we used white and mint green, but you can use any color you like!)
  • Gold leaf and gold leaf glue
  • Paintbrush for applying glue and brush to apply and remove gold leaf


  1. First, prime the plant container. Follow directions on the bottles.
  2. After the primer is dry, spray a couple of coats on the container, again following directions of the spray paint.
  3. Once the paint has dried, paint the gold leaf glue onto the container. You want to achieve the marbled look so you don’t need a perfect layer of glue. Coat the container with glue haphazardly; thin areas of glue to thick, have some drips and some splatters as well.
  4. You want the glue to get tacky, so don’t let it dry completely (check directions of the gold leaf glue).
  5. Once the glue is tacky apply gold leaf. Use a brush to help lay the leaf down. Again you are going to a marbled look so this process should not be perfect. Use the brush to also remove specks or bigger pieces of gold leaf.
  6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you achieve the look you want.

Volia! Now a marbled gold leaf planter. Now plant away!

Gold leaf and greenery variations

What I love most is that you can gold leaf just about anything. If you loved making these gold leaf planters, try making a gold leaf ornament, picture frame, or hanging wall art. Let me know in the comments if you added gold leaf to anything else! If you don’t have a green thumb, fill your planters with paper plants! You can check out DIYs for various different paper plants here, including cacti!

photography by Trisha Zemp
crafting by Victoria Riza
styled by Brittany Jepsen



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