DIY Gold Foil Prints

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DIY Gold Foil Prints

I’m obsessed with gold foil. I love it on prints, on invitations, on pillows, I mean…I pretty much love gold foil on anything but that guy’s teeth! I love browsing through Hobby Lobby & admiring all the cutesy, gold foil prints and wall art…but thinking…Hmmm I could totally make that.

You’d be surprised, but making gold foil prints isn’t as hard as you’d think! Today, I want to show you how to make your own DIY gold foil prints.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ready, Set, Craft!

  1. Plug in & turn on your laminator so that it can warm up.
  2. Print your design or encouraging words on cardstock paper with a toner printer. This will only work with a toner printed print because the gold foil is toner reactive. 
  3. Cut a piece of gold foil so that it completely covers your design.
  4. Tape down the gold foil in place with a small piece of washi tape on one side. Shiny part facing up.
  5. Use a few sheets of cardstock underneath your print to provide extra support when inserting your gold foil & print. Carefully insert your print in the laminator, tape side down. 
  6. (optional) I usually put my print through twice to make sure the gold foil transfers beautifully.
  7. Carefully peel off the gold foil from your print & be extra careful when you peel off the washi tape.
  8. Feel free to smile and giggle at your beautiful gold foil print as you place your creation into a frame to hang up on your wall. 

DIY Gold Foil Prints

Every time I peel off the gold foil & see the beautiful results, I get butterflies & giggles! Who knew making gold foil prints could be so easy?!

  • Lauren

    Hello. I have been researching how to use gold foil with laminator. For some reason, no matter how many times Ived tried, I cannot get the gold foil to adhere to the toner without being splotchy. Your shamrock looks so great!! I even printed at staples, fedex. I am trying to print labels for a champagne bottle. I have printed on card stocks, paper and labels. Not good!! Any idea what I could be doing wrong? I am using I crafts deco foil. Thanks!!

    • Julia Sandvoss

      Hi Lauren…we have found it’s usually one of three things…either not a high quality level of toner was used or applied. So be sure it’s being print at a top print setting. Dust particles on the paper and not enough heat/pressure provided by the laminator. Hope that helps and will offer success for you!