By Katja Kromann

Do I love Russian Earl Grey tea? - Gild tea!

Do I love Russian Earl Grey tea? - Gild tea!
Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

The thing about being creative and try new things is that you have to willing to fail. I try not to cover this blog with all  my failures - ha ha - but let's take a look at one today. Why not!

Love gilding stuff? yes! Love gilding my tea canister? Gild tea! ha ha ha - if nothing else, this whole post was worth that ;)

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

I used an old store bought canister. I removed the paper and washed it, took off the residual glue with goof-off, gave it a quick sanding and spray painted it gold.

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

Then I hit it with some tacky spray. In hindsight I think this spray isn't the most suited for gilding. I think there is a special glue for it, but the past couple of times I have been to the craft store, I have not been able to find it.

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

After the glue has been sitting for a bit it gets tacky. Then you layer on one sheet of your gilding material. These are really fine sheets that tea easily. They come in silver, gold or as I am using here, cobber.

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

With a soft brush, go over the entire piece. Tear off pieces and cover any bald spots.

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

Then after my piece was all covered I added some stickers.

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

Then I sealed it with some clear sealer. Then I let it dry.

To be honest, the canister is still peeling when I touch it and the gilding is slowly coming off. So while this gilding technique works fine for a box or mirror or anything that you are not going to handle every day, for a tea canister... not so much...

So maybe not a craft fail as much as an application fail... I gilded some pots for Christmas and I love how that came out.

Let me share something that is not a fail though, while we are on the subject of tea.

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

Our favorite tea is Russian Earl Grey. We used to import it by the bagful from Denmark in individually wrapped baggies, but recently we found that it is sold on Amazon as loose tea.

So I got a couple of these IDEALISK tea infusers at IKEA. I have to tell you, I feel good about not using a little trow away baggie for every pot of tea I make.


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This is what the tea looks like. I just read that it had lemon grass in it. Earl Grey is of course known for it's bergamot orange too. I just love this tea and drink it every day.

I tried looking up what the exact difference is between regular Earl Grey and Russian Earl Grey. I could not immediately find the answer. Maybe it is the lemon grass? I don't know. It is quite different in that it is milder and less smokey than regular Earl grey. I drink this tea straight up. I only let it infuse for a short while aka flavored water.

My parents, who originally introduced me to this tea make it in more of a tar-style way ha ha. (Velkommen til Tjæreborg) Hi Mom and Dad - waving... ;)

Guilt free gild tea how to gilt something

I am going to re-visit the whole tea canister thing in another way. Putting on my thinking cap as I type this...

Have you ever gilded anything? Which glue did you use? I think I mainly need to find a better glue... or better projects ha ha... What is your favorite tea?

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Katja Kromann
About Katja Kromann

I am a Danish American decorating life in Seattle. I love all things design and DIY.

I can’t think of anything more fun than coming up with project, making it, photographing it and sharing it with you on my websites.

I am a Graphic Artist and home maker by day.

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