DIY Gold Leaves

I'm teaching a class at a local gardening center to make these leaf imprinted clay bowls. I wanted to come up with some new ideas to present. I made these gold leaves with essentially the same method as I did my other project here, but I think it creates a totally different effect with the metallic paint. 

Here's what you'll need: 

  • Air Dry Clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Leaves of your choice - I used some off a rose bush and an orange tree
  • Acrylic paint - I used gold


  • Roll your clay to approximately 1/4 inch thickness.
  • Take your leaves face up and imprint them into the clay. 
  • Go over the leaves one again with your rolling pin and remove any air bubbles that may have been created
  • It is usually a good idea to take off the stem, but if you'd like to keep the stem, make sure you leave enough clay to support it.
  • Trim the edges of your leaves with scissors or a small knife. 
  • Leave leaves aside to dry for 2-3 in a sunny spot indoors.
  • Once clay is dry, remove the outer leaf.
  • You can paint your project now. Take basic acrylic paint and paint the project following the direction of the vines on the clay imprint for best results. 
  • Allow paint to dry completely between coats.