Forget Gold Leaf — Gold Transfer Foil Is the Stuff DIY Dreams Are Made Of


We’re in love. Gold transfer foil is the stuff DIY dreams are made of. You can add a touch of gold to a tote using transfer foil and brush-on adhesive, designed specifically for fabrics — all included in our handy dandy DIY Gold Foil kit.


This technique also works on wood, cork and some paper objects as well as an endless list of fabric items. So take a look around and start thinking of what objects in your home could use a metallic accent!


We teamed up with Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth to bring this beautiful DIY to life in aconvenient kit. Get the inside scoop on Ashley here and see where it all started!


– Cotton tote bag

– Gold transfer foil

– Foil transfer adhesive

– Paintbrush

– Parchment paper

Additional Tools (not included):

– Iron

– Scissors (optional)

– Paper plate


1. Squirt some glue onto a paper plate or other surface not used for food.

2. Brush a thin layer of glue onto your tote bag.

3. Let glue dry slightly for 30 seconds.

4. Place one sheet of gold transfer foil on top of the glue, silver side down.

5. Lay a sheet of parchment paper on top of the gold foil and iron for 20 seconds.

6. Let sit until completely cool to the touch, and peel away the gold foil.

7. Repeat this process until you are happy with your design.

8. Let gold foil cure completely for 72 hours before use.

Grab your main materials (pictured left) and some additional household supplies (pictured right) and let’s get started!

The Brushstroke

This first technique is a fun, no-fuss brushstroke for a painterly look!

First things first — squirt out some transfer adhesive onto a paper plate or other surface that will not be used for food.


Brush on a thin layer of adhesive in a sweeping motion, loading on more glue at the beginning of the brushstroke and lifting your brush up and away from the fabric at the end. If you’re nervous about this step, turn your tote bag inside out and do a practice run on the inside first!7

Let the adhesive dry slightly for 30 seconds so that it becomes tacky, and then place one foil sheet, silver side down, on top of the adhesive. Gently smooth down the foil with your fingers so that you can see the adhesive shape beneath.


Place a sheet of parchment paper on top of the gold foil and iron for 20 seconds on medium heat. Make sure to get the whole surface of your design heated.


Let the foil cool down completely so that it is no longer warm to the touch, and then peel away to reveal your gold brushstrokes!


Repeat this process until you are happy with your design! We covered the entire bag for an all-over pattern.


Check out that shine! Let your gold foil design cure completely for 72 hours before use, and hand wash if necessary