(diy tutorial) thanksgiving mini succulent gilded place cards & teacher gift

All things will be gilded in my house over the holidays. I told you I was addicted to gilding! It’s super easy to do and looks like a million bucks. I  just love how these gilded miniature terracotta pots turned out! I added mini succulents to the pots and name flags to use as Thanksgiving place cards. I made extra for my child’s teachers and added some healthy snacks for a little turkey day gift. Use calligraphy on the name flags and I can see these making gorgeous wedding place cards. Now go get your gilding on!


Mini Terracotta Pots
Mini Succulents
Succulent Potting Soil
White Card Stock
Black Marker
Painters Tape
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Sheets
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Brushes
Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Gloves

Instructions: Use painters tape to tape around the mini terracotta pot, leaving half an inch from the bottom showing. Place gloves on and brush a thin layer of gilding adhesive over the non-taped part of the pot. Allow to dry (surface will be sticky) and then place a gilding sheet (shiny side down) onto the non-taped part of the pot. Rub the gilding sheet over the pot until it is completely covered and use a gilding brush to remove excess. Carefully remove the painters tape. Place potting soil and succulent into the pot. Glue a strip of white card stock to a toothpick and stick in the pot. Add your guests names to the flag and use as a place card. You can also add your succulent to a little gift basket of healthy snacks and give it to your child’s teacher.



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I'm Vanessa and it's my mission in life to spread my love of hot glue guns and glitter to others. I suffer from craft ADHD, regularly working on at least 10 projects at the same time and my craft room looks like a tornado hit it. My first craft book, Party in a Jar, was published in 2014. I look forward to crafting with you!

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