Painted Gold Leaves

painted gold leaves

Are you looking for a super easy inexpensive art project for your fall decor?  Look no more!  This project took me less then an hour and was free!  Pained gold leaves, it just doesn’t get any easier!

Supplies you will need:
Gold paint
Paint brush

Painting leaves gold

I used one red oak, one white oak and one maple leaf from my yard and painted them with some gold craft paint I had.

Gold Painted Leaf

Gold Painted Leaves

Gold Painted Leaf


If you are loving Gold this season give these painted gold leaves a try!  If you do a project like this leave a comment with a link to your project, I’d love to see it!

painting leaves

This project was featured in Woman’s Day Magazine, October 2014 Issue, page 14.

Dio Home Improvements Woman's Day Magazine Feature

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78 comments for “Painted Gold Leaves

  1. Liz
    October 4, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Your blog inspired me to take a walk in my new neighbourhood and glam up the nature with some gold paint for a quick project, using material I already had on hand. Thanks for the inspiration! See my project here:

    • Dria
      October 15, 2015 at 6:31 pm

      Liz your project came out beautiful! Great job!

  2. October 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Very pretty! I haven’t seen this before! Now following!

    • Dria
      October 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Thank you so much Heather!

  3. October 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    These are beautiful, Dria! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    • Dria
      October 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

      Thank you so much Roeshel! I love easy and inexpensive projects. This has to be one of my favorite so far :)

  4. October 19, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    These look so easy to make and they turn out so beautifully! Perfect for Autumn too!

    Thanks for sharing at Wine’d Down Wednesday! Pinning your post to our WDW Pinterest board to share with our followers! Hope to see you back at the party next week!

    • Dria
      October 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      Thank you so much Kristen! I look forward to your next party!!

  5. Kali
    October 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Where are the frames from? I love them!

    • Dria
      October 7, 2013 at 6:33 am

      Hi Kali, they were from AC Moore.

  6. October 5, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Really pretty idea! Love this!

    • Dria
      October 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

      :) Thank you Anne!!

  7. October 4, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    These are gorgeous, Dria! Sharing on my FB page 😉
    Jamie @

    • Dria
      October 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      :) Thank you so much Jamie (I just saw your zinc paint WoW!!)

  8. October 3, 2013 at 11:41 am

    This is such a classic look…I love it!

    • Dria
      October 3, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Thank you so much Sharon!!

  9. September 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    This is genius and I love it! It’s one of my personal faves from last week’s Home[work} Wednesday bloghop and will be featured on my blog when the party goes live at 8pm on Tuesday night. Thank you for linking up!

    • Dria
      September 30, 2013 at 9:36 pm

      Aww Thank you so much Suzy!!

  10. September 30, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I’m going to try coating some really colorful leaves with clear fingernail polish, maybe even with glitter either in the polish or added. I love the color of the leaves. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Dria
      September 30, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Nancy! If the clear nail polish doesn’t work for you I know dipping them in paraffin wax works awesome!

  11. September 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Dria, I selected you for one of my features on Give Me the Goods Monday Link Party! Thanks for linking up this fantastic idea! I can’t wait to do this with my kids! Hope you link up to Give Me the Goods often 😉

    • Dria
      September 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm

      Aww Thank you so much Amy! I love Give Me the Goods!!

  12. Jill T
    September 30, 2013 at 10:59 am

    fantastic! what a beautiful, simple and chic way to honor fall. Can’t wait to try it. I also like to spray paint branches and lay them on the mantle, these would look great with that.

    • Dria
      September 30, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you so much Jill, come back and let me know when you’ve done this so I can see yours!!

  13. September 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    These look so chic! I’ve always wanted to do a leaf project!

    • Dria
      September 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      :) Thank you so much Trisha!! You should give these a try can’t beat the price that’s for sure!

  14. September 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Dria, these look so fantastic and what a wonderful idea! Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at Best of the Weekend! Pinning! Hope you are having a wonderful week and see you on Friday night!

    • Dria
      September 26, 2013 at 7:28 am

      :) Thank you so much Cindy!!

  15. September 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

    They look so chic! I might have to try this and put our own little spin on it! Thanks for the inspiration!!! :)

    • Dria
      September 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

      :) Thanks so much Aurdra! I can’t wait to see yours!!

  16. September 23, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    What a fab idea! They turned out beautifully!

    • Dria
      September 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you so much Emily!

  17. Brenda Marie
    September 23, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Over time, doesn’t the leaves decay or start looking dead?

    • Dria
      September 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      They haven’t so far but I don’t expect them to last beyond the season, which is fine I can just paint more leaves next fall.

  18. September 23, 2013 at 10:59 am

    How cute! Love that you chose gold and that they could be switched out every season! What a perfect statement piece : )

    • Dria
      September 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much Jodie!

  19. Vel
    September 23, 2013 at 10:46 am

    looks high-end and perfect for the season! Thanks for sharing!

    • Dria
      September 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much Vel!

  20. September 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Pinning immediately!

  21. September 22, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Looks like a really easy craft fair project, especially since I have several black frames. The matting may be from hand made paper – or not. Depends on if I get that energetic.

    • Dria
      September 22, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      It was really easy Nancy you should give it a shot!

  22. jUDY
    September 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I am amazed ..wonder how much they would cost in one of those high end stores. I LOVE THEM

    • Dria
      September 22, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      :) Thank you Judy! I’m pretty happy with them, they are actually prettier in person then in the photos!

  23. September 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Dria, A suggestion, prime fresh leaves with silver spray paint first covering both sides. Let paint dry. Then coat over with your gold, with spray solid or streak it on. Interesting results and fear not that leaves will eventually crumble. (That last remark is for people who love their leaves FOREVER!) We did a few in the florist shop that turned out great! Rich Look!!!

    • Dria
      September 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      That’s a great tip Aathy thanks so much!

  24. September 22, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Thank you for the link but the one thing that it doesn’t address….did you pain on both sides?

    • Dria
      September 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Helen, I only painted the front of the leaves!

  25. Maxine
    September 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

    pretty…behind glass? don’t look flattened

    • Dria
      September 22, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Thank you Maxine! Yes these are behind glass, they aren’t flat I’m not sure if it’s because they were still green when I painted them?

  26. September 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I haven’t seen anything like them anywhere else. Very creative, and they turned out so elegant looking. Love them!

    • Dria
      September 22, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you so much Loribeth! I’m loving them too, the wall I have them on was pretty empty for a long time!

  27. September 22, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Your leaves are gorgeous! Don’t know when I might find time to do this but if I do I’ll certainly share :)

    • Dria
      September 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Thank you so much Donna! They were so easy to do, I’d love to see yours when you do them :)

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