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How To Make Inexpensive Gold Ornaments

This gold papier-mache ornament is not only beautiful, but also easy to make.

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shiny gold leaf ornaments complement gold ribbon
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Cover the Ornament with Gold Leaf

Paint the papier-mache craft ornament to seal it. Crumble several pieces of the gold leaf (called "skewings") in a small box. Set the papier-mache ornament, which is sticky with paint, into the box to pick up the skewings. Use a paintbrush to distribute the skewings on the ornament. Continue until the entire surface of the ornament is leafed.

Step 2: Hang the Ornament

Make a small loop out of ribbon and attach to the top of the ornament to hang on the tree.