DIY Faux Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

DIY Faux Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

DIY Faux Gold Leaf Succulent Planter
DIY Faux Gold Leaf Succulent Planter
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Learn how to upgrade a small faux cement planter with a perfect metallic pop! This easy tutorial is finished in an hour and is so trendy and cute! Pick up your faux cement planter at the store and dress it up with gold metallic leafing and a bit of gesso. A plain planter gets a stylish upgrade when you color block metallics to it. These adorable planters make fabulous gifts, office decor, or centerpieces! If you love the rustic chic look, there is no better combo than gold and cement.

From the Designer: This is a fun and trendy home décor tutorial that features Metallic Transfer Foil Sheet in Gold to create a faux gold leaf finish. Although a faux cement succulent planter was chosen for this project, any container will work. Make for this statement piece for your home!

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueHome Decor

Difficulty LevelIntermediate

Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Creative Embellishment Kit
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® 3D Foam Holiday Embellishment Kit
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Metallic Transfer Foils Variety Colors
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L® Adhesive Sheets 4 x 6 inch
  • Faux Cement Succulent Planter
  • Clear Gesso


  1. Remove the yellow backing paper from the Adhesive Sheets and align it onto the planter. Press firmly and rub to transfer the adhesive to the planter. Repeat until you get your desired coverage on the planter.

  2. Take a Metallic Transfer Foil Sheet in Gold and cover over the adhered area of the planter with the color side UP. Rub to transfer the gold color onto the planter and peel away.

  3. Once the first application of foil is completed, go back and spot apply foil in the “bald” spots. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Veining and flaked areas add to the rustic aesthetic of the faux gold leaf finish. 

    Designer Tip: Try applying foil from used sheets for a more random natural finish.

  4. Seal the planter with a coat of clear gesso.

What do you think of the popular cement + metallic combo?

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