DIY Friday: Decorative Golden Accents

Written by    Last updated: October 10, 2014

Autumn is still in the air, so we have a gorgeous DIY filled with autumnal gold! A very simple guide, we’ll show you how to add beautiful golden accents to your wedding decorations to help make your wedding dazzle and delight.

DIY wedding gold-accented antlers, ceramic bird, and butterfly  with place cards| Confetti.co.uk

DIY wedding gold-accented antlers, ceramic bird, and butterfly with place cards.

What You’ll Need:

Ceramic wedding place card decorations - antler, butterfly and flower, and lovebird | Confetti.co.uk

Ceramic wedding place card holders and decorations with paint brush and metallic gold paint.

  • A decorative element of your choice.
  • Paint (in this DIY we used “folkArt” metallic gold, colour #660 .
  • A fine-tipped paintbrush.
  • A flat-tipped paintbrush.

See our featured Confetti products to recreate the looks in this DIY:

Technique #1 – Dipping

Ceramic bird decoration with gold paint accent | Confetti.co.uk

Ceramic bird decoration dipped into a small amount of gold paint.

There’s so much creative liberty with what you can do with even a small lick of paint, and our first technique is dipping. Dip the point you want to accent into a bit of your paint , as shown above with our ceramic bird’s beak. Then you let the excess drip off, and this ensures an even coat of paint!

Ceramic bird with gold-tipped beak | Confetti.co.uk

Ceramic bird with gold-tipped beak.

Technique #2 – Ombre

Antlers decoration with golden tips | Confetti.co.uk

Antler place card holder with gold-accented tips.

A little more care is required for this second technique. Using a fine-tipped paintbrush, brush your paint gently from the top of your item. Above, the paint is concentrated at the tip of the antler and gets thinner at the bottom (this may require you to apply paint more than once at the tip). This gives a pretty fading-out look, and would work wonderfully for a faded vintage effect.

Antlers decoration with gold-painted tips | Confetti.co.uk

Antler decoration with golden ombre accents.

Technique #3 – Focal Points

Golden butterfly wedding place card | Confetti.co.uk

Golden butterfly wedding place card holder.

In this third technique, we ask that you choose a focal point on your decorative item and, with a flat-tipped brush, paint it. Above, the butterfly has been accented in gold, and now it really stands out against the rest the ornament. It draws the eye beautifully!

Gold-painted butterfly decoration | Confetti.co.uk

Gold-painted butterfly ceramic decoration.

 The Golden Result!

You could use any colour you want to accent your items, and the final results will look something like these:

DIY wedding gold-accented antlers, ceramic bird, and butterfly | Confetti.co.uk

Antlers, ceramic bird, and butterfly with golden accents. All would make beautiful wedding favours.

Ceramic white and gold birds wedding decoration | Confetti.co.uk

Ceramic white and gold birds wedding decoration perched on a cubist keepsake box.

Antlers decoration with gold-painted tips and place card | Confetti.co.uk

Golden accents on antler place card holder, featuring our Woodland Pretty Large Rectangular Tag.

Gold-painted butterfly decorative place card holder | Confetti.co.uk

Gold-painted butterfly decorative place card holder, featuring our Forget Me Not Large Rectangular Tag.

Of course, with the above items you don’t have to use them as card holders. You could simply use them as decorative elements all on their own—such as part of a table centrepiece—or as wedding favours for your guests. Also, you don’t have to stick to using paint to accent your decorations. You could do more, and experiment with things like glitter.

Gold is a stunning accent to your wedding, and it has become something of a traditional colour choice beside white or ivory. From table decorations to bridal accessories, it’s a real sprinkle of elegance on your wedding decor.

Classic white and gold wedding accessories and decorations | Confetti.co.uk

Classic white and gold wedding accessories and decorations inspiration.

Above: Antiqued Battenburg Lace Parasol | Pearl and Vintage Gold Wire Ornamental Floral Mini Ring | Art Deco Laser Embossed Invitations with Personalisation

Find more classic white/ivory and gold items in the Confetti shop. You could really add a touch of DIY to anything, and therefore make your items unique to you. Even the vintage parasol could be personalised with glitter or fabric paint!

 

An earlier version of this DIY appeared on our sister blog, Weddingstar.

This article was written by

Leanne Smith
Leanne manages Confetti's Instagram account (@confettiwedding) and is one of Confetti's article writers. She enjoys being a highly creative person with a life-long passion for art and creative writing; she has a determined dream of becoming a published author. She values giving help and advice to everyone she can, and loves talking to new people.

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