We are delighted to have Debi Lilly from A Perfect Event speak to Be U Weddings and share how to create a beautifully DIY decorated table for your fall event. Debi is the founder and president of A Perfect Event, one of Chicago’s most successful special event companies with a faithful (and famous) following, including Oprah Winfrey. Debi continually serves as an industry expert for such publications as In Style Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, Bridal Guide, Chicago Social Magazine, and more. She also offers her expertise as a contributing editor to Chicago Magazine and Chicago Tribune Magazine.
Today, feast your eyes on special DIY project perfect for those fall soirées: Gilded and Glorious Autumnal Containers to introduce a vintage, yet oh-so-seasonal motif to your table.
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I absolutely love to design long, European dining tables at weddings and parties, which instantly add to the feeling of intimacy for any among-friends celebration. Likewise, gilded gold vases are a fast and easy DIY, that sparkle and glow along the tabletop, and can be filled with florals and surrounded by lavish candlelight to finish the effect. Using booklets of gold leaf and a can of spray glue, both from the craft store, you can transform your simple plain glass vases for a lovely, warm effect that within mere minutes looks aged and imperfect. Then, layer in my favorite stylist secret – votive candles in amber glass, gilded gold leaf votives (more spray glue and gold leaf booklets and voila!), and Moroccan glass teacups for votives – and in an afternoon you will have DIY designed a finished tabletop that has a thoughtful, inspired collection of mixed metallic.
DIY Gilded and Glorious Autumnal Containers
Add the Midas touch to your next party with gilded, easy vases, votives, lanterns, and more.
- Booklet(s) of gold leaf. (Gold leaf is generally sold in booklets of 3″ x 3″ squares, which are very delicate.)
- Glass votive holders and vases
- 3M spray adhesive from your local craft store
- Spray the outside of the glass votive or vase with adhesive.
* Can be found at your local craft store such as Lake View Art Supply, Michael’s, Jo-Ann’s Fabrics, etc.
- Apply the sheets of gold leaf randomly on the glass container, leaving space and creating interest from one square to the next.
- Repeat. (The sprayed parts of the glass that are not covered with gold leaf will dry and not be sticky.)
- Fill vase with water; arrange flowers.
- A nearby candle will glow through the uncovered parts and light up the reflective, romantic goldleaf.
- You can use this gilding technique on just about anything from ceramic to metal. Try it on affordable frames to make them extraordinary table numbers, personalized photo frames, favors, and more, in an instant.