DIY Gold Foil Prints Are Too Beautiful to Be This Easy

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The gold foil trend is spreading like wildfire. I’ve seen it everywhere from clothing to home decor to papercrafts.

Today I’m excited to show you how to gold foil with a fun card making tutorial! The best part about DIY gold foil printing is it can be done in minutes at home and will cost you a fraction of what you would spend using professional printers.

DIY gold foil printing tutorial

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Laser print templates
  • Laminating foil
  • Laminator or iron
  • Text weight paper
  • Scissors


Step 1:

How to Gold Foil Tutorial

Place laser print with design face up. Cut a piece of laminating foil to cover the entire printed area.

Step 2:

Gold Foil Covering a Card Template

Place gold foil on the printed design with the gold side up.

Step 3:

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Keep the foil in position and place it in between a sheet of text weight paper folded in half. Card stock is too thick and won’t allow the gold foil to get hot enough to adhere to the printed design.

Step 4:

laminating machine

Send the paper through the laminator, folded end first.

If using an iron, place on a hard surface and press down firmly on the paper for about 30 seconds. Make sure to iron over the entire area of the printed design inside the paper. You may have to test out different times with your iron. Be sure to protect the hard surface you are ironing on with a thin cloth, while still keeping the surface firm.

Step 5:

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Now’s the fun part! Peel off the gold foil to reveal your design.

That’s it! Easy right?

Gold Foil "Love" Card
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6 Responses to “DIY Gold Foil Prints Are Too Beautiful to Be This Easy”
    • Joe Dun
      Joe Dun

      A laser printer uses a powder that contains (among other things) plastic that melts under high heat. So, your laser print “ink” can be remelted under the heat of an iron. Melting this toner again, is what makes the foil stick to it.
      I’ve also read (but not tried) that others have put a laser printer print face down on a piece of wood. Then, they iron the back of the paper. Then, they wet the paper and rub it off of the surface, leaving behind much of the laser toner from the print.


    Can you use a regular laminator that is used to laminate copies of menus or charts etc.?

    • Joe Dun
      Joe Dun

      I have some doubt that it would work. I have doubts it would get hot enough, over a larger enough area. Though, I guess you could try. You would have to make it somehow “print” a large black area. A home iron is surely a better choice.