DIY Gilded Wood Menus

23 Jul

The cabinet color vote is at exactly 50/50. Not helpful… Tell your friends to vote, just don’t tell them what to vote!

I made these menus for the bar and buffet at my wedding:


What you will need:

  • Wood slices (I bought mine from Michaels)
  • Inkjet waterslide transfer paper (I used Lazertran)
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Scissors
  • 3 Brushes
  • Pure Turpentine (in the paint section of a home improvement store)
  • Small Glass Dish (to hold turpentine)
  • Oil-based Polyurethane
  • Gold and/or Silver Liquid Leaf or Liquid Gilding


Step 1:

Create your menu in an imaging or word processing software. I used Microsoft Word (Note: if you use Word and your printer does not allow you to print in mirror, you will need to type your menu as “Word Art” in order to rotate it or paste it to MS Paint and select “flip horizontal”). Of course, I used the same fonts from my wedding invitation suite. Print the image and cut around your wording, leaving a 1/2 inch space between your menu and the edge of the paper.

Step 2:

Soak the decal in water for about 60 seconds. In a well ventilated area, while the decal is soaking, brush your wood slice with turpentine- be generous. Blot excess water off of the decal with a paper towel. Place the decal on the wood and slide off the backing. This should happen easily. Do your best to remove air bubbles from the decal; you can use turpentine to help with this if you need a little more moisture. Brush polyurethane over the top of the decal: this is what causes the white edges to become clear. Let dry.

Step 3:

After the polyurethane is dry, dip a small paintbrush into your liquid gilding and completely cover the bark around the edge of the wood. Voila!

The first image of the menus was taken at my wedding by Jeremy & Kristin Photography.


One Response to “DIY Gilded Wood Menus”


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