DIY Silver Gilding and Fall Decor

DIY Silver Gilding and Fall Decor
Many years ago, we received a sweet little bamboo plant as a housewarming gift, and it arrived in this little navy-blue glazed terracotta planter. The dish matched in color but was made from plastic. Here they are:
DIY Silver Gilding of a glazed terracotta planter
The plant died. Yes, me the avid gardener killed the plant. I’m good with outdoor plants. Indoors? Well…just look again at that now-empty pot above!
I kept the pot thinking I’d plant something else in there, but never did. I came across it a few weeks ago and decided it was a perfect candidate for one of my favorite products: Martha Stewart Liquid Gilding! (No this isn’t a sponsored post – I just really do love the product!)
How to use Martha Stewart Crafts Liquid Gilding in Silver
You may remember I used the liquid gilding before on some Christmas ornaments last year. This is such an easy process, and can really give some new life to decorative objects you’re tired of or that no longer match your decor.
Supplies needed are the liquid gilding, a disposable foam brush, and rubber gloves, plus a protective work surface. And you’ll want to do this in a well-ventilated area, just so you don’t lose your wits while crafting!
silver gilding in process!
After cleaning your surface, simply brush on the liquid gilding. You might only need one coat, but two will guarantee a better sheen and even coverage. You can see that while I was letting the planter dry, I found an old glass vase as the next candidate for gilding!
Once the gilding was complete, it was time to paint the inside. Since I’m going to fill this with something decorative, I didn’t really need to finish off the inside since it wouldn’t really show:
unfinished inside of glazed terracotta pot
But I decided that a simple coat of white paint over just the unglazed terracota parts on the inside would be nice, so I used some of my DecoArt Multi-Surface Paint – one coat was all I needed and it dried quickly.
painted inside of the silver gilded pot
I lightly sanded the outside of the planter, so you see a hint of the navy blue peeking through. And now I have a gilded pot! My humble planter has turned into a decorative cachepot! OK, what the heck is a cachepot, anyway?  Am I even accurate in using the word? Time to look it up.
Cachepot: an ornamental receptacle to hold and usually to conceal a flowerpot.
DIY Silver Gilded Cachepot
Now it makes sense, and we see these all the time in decorating, don’t we? Especially indoors where you don’t want to see a plastic pot sitting among your decorative pieces.
I plan on using this pot on our mantel, and will change how it’s decorated with the seasons and holidays. And so, I’ll need to be able to easily remove any Fall embellishments I add. Here’s my easy solution:
Change your seasonal decor easily with string!

I have some pretty faux leaves I picked up last year on clearance at Michael’s, and simply punched a 1/8″ hole near the top of one, attached some silver and white baker’s twine (from American Crafts) and wound it around the pot a few times, ending in a knot about 1/2″ to the left of the leaf.

Silver cachepot decorated for Fall
Looking through my button stash, I found the perfect matching button, and threaded the ends of the baker’s twine knot through it, tied another knot, and snipped off the strings. I then frayed out the edges a bit with my fingers to form a bow shape. Done.
Silver Gilded Cachepot Tutorial and Fall Decor

Here’s a close-up of the button, and also of the light distressing done to the cachepot after it was gilded:

It's all in the details: faux leaf, matching button, and decorative bakers twine!
I love the simplicity of this look, and will use this as my inspiration piece for the rest of my Fall decorating.
DIY Silver Gilded Pot, decorated for the Fall season

With the temperatures finally getting a bit crisp and cool outdoors, it’s starting to feel like Fall! Let’s just hope this season goes very slowly, as this is my favorite time of the year!

How about you? Are you ready for Fall?




  1. says

    Love your gilded planter! Gee, I was waiting to see how it looks on that glass vase but I guess you’ll post that later. Btw, do you know Danni of Silo Hill Farm? You both seem to have the same taste in decorating, the simplistic look. Check her out – such a great person to know. She is one of my first blogger mentors – always giving useful advice.

    • says

      Thanks so much for your suggestion Gail – I wasn’t familiar with Danni, but you can bet I’m in the middle of spending some quality time over at her blog as I type this! 🙂 Glad you liked the planter, and yes, the vase will be in a future post!

  2. says

    Love the clean look of the Laura. Silver is my favorite metallic. Clever girl with the punching a hole in the fall leaf idea, too! xoxo