DIY gold dot stationery

9 January 2014

Hi friends! Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments on my last post! I loved reading them!

Going back a few more posts, I had mentioned that I was considering DIY-ing this Sugar Paper note card set. And I did! It ended up turning out very well (if I do say so myself!), so I thought I’d share it here.


Supplies needed: white cards (I used A2), colored envelopes (my favorites are from Paper Presentation), metallic gold craft paint, a 12″ bamboo skewer, a small paint brush, something to hold your paint, and an old magazine


There are really no instructions for this project — you’re just making dots, however you think looks best! But I do have two very helpful hints. The first: I like the look of dots going off the card, but if you do so, you’re depositing paint on your work surface with every card, which can make finding a clean place for your next card difficult. My solution: use an old magazine you’re ready to recycle! You can turn the page after every card so you have a clean surface for each one without using an excessive amount of paper.

diy-stationery copy

Second tip: When you use the base of the skewer to deposit the dots, it leaves a tiny peak. I wanted a cleaner look, so I went back over each dot with a small paintbrush to pick up some of the extra paint and smooth things out. It sounds fastidious, but only took a few seconds for each card! Before and after below.


And that’s it! I tied sets of six with satin ribbon for gifting after letting them dry overnight. They may not be letterpress like Sugar Paper’s, but I think they’re pretty fun!



DIY projects don’t always turn out that professional-looking, which can make them hard to give as gifts, but I think this stationery is the perfect candidate. Tuck this one away until next December, or make a set for yourself! :)

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January 9, 2014 8:04 am

I happen to agree that these make a perfect gift! :) I’ve already used two of mine!

January 9, 2014 8:51 am

Love the look of these! And I’m super excited that I have all the supplies on hand, might just have to try them this weekend.

January 9, 2014 9:07 am

So adorable and (seemingly) so easy! I’m not really a crafty person, but I definitely plan on trying this.

January 9, 2014 3:00 pm

Those are darling. I’m obsessed with Sugar Paper!

January 9, 2014 6:57 pm

YAY!!! I’m so glad you posted this project! They look great! And, it’s the gift that keeps on giving– when you give a set, the recipient gets to give the gift of a handmade card to whoever they send it to, and no one can deny the joy in that! I also like the texture of the painted dots because it gives it a handmade feel which always communicates something special. :)

January 9, 2014 7:27 pm

Absolutely love this idea! (Valentines is coming up, so yay for DIY!)

January 10, 2014 7:30 am

So cute! I also love that stationery set, but not so much the price tag. Thanks for an awesome DIY option!

January 10, 2014 8:56 am

So cute! Packaged up with thick, gorgeous gold ribbon, these would make beautiful gifts!!!

January 10, 2014 9:24 am

This are just darling Emily! I have a goal of sending more happy mail to loved ones this year, so this project is perfect for me. Thank you for sharing this how-to!