Gilded Robot Project

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We did a robot project! One of the best projects ever, because it is both glam and sort of tough.

Robot Art Project from

Okay, here’s what you will need:

gold leaf robot project |

1. Goldleaf – Metal Leaf imitation gold

2. Little nails and screws and metal items that your husband digs out of his tool chest

3. Wood blocks in different sizes

4. Leather (or paper or ribbon or beads or whatever bits you find stuffed in your art supply drawers.)

5. Glue – wood glue or regular squeeze glue to attach the wooden blocks together, and stick glue for the gold leaf.

Now that you have everything compiled, have your kids play around with the wood blocks to see what sort of robot they want to make.

When they’re ready, they can glue the blocks together and let them dry.

hammering wood blocks for Gilded Robot Project |

They can now add their embellishments. Help them add screws and nails, or let them go at it if they’re old enough. (Kids might find it easier to nail and add their extra pieces on to the wood blocks before they glue the piece together, plus they can dig in right away instead of waiting for the piece to dry.)

Gilded Robot Project for kids |

For the gold leaf, we skipped the traditional adhesive ‘size’ that is used for many projects. For our purposes, stick glue worked beautifully. You rub it right onto the wood and carefully lay a piece of metal leaf over the glued area. Press down gently on top of the leaf and break away any that is hanging over the edges. Make sure your fingers are nice and clean and dry when handling the leaf. (You may want to apply the glue and let your child lay on the leaf if they are young.)

Gilded Robot Project |

For some of the weird non-nail metal fastener things, we pre-drilled a hole and filled it with glue, so the metal thing would stay put.

Robot Art Project

Robot Art Project

Metal Leaf imitation goldMister Art carries metal leaf: Metal Leaf imitation gold, (They also offer copper and silver if you prefer.)

Are you as crazy about robots as we are? Here’s some more good robot stuff to peruse:


Robot Dreams

Robot Dreams is a graphic novel about a dog and robot who learn about the power of friendship. What could be better? Ages 8 and up.

If I Were a Robot Kindle book

If I Were a Robot for Kindle is a really cute book and only $2.99.


robot flash drive

Robot flash drive is a pretty cool small gift. Do you think he’s trying to cover his ears?


Matryoshka nesting robots

Matryoshka nesting dolls look like a great toy to keep kids busy for a little while when you want to converse with your spouse. (About the gilded robot project your kids just made.)


Bicycle robots print

Bicycle robots print from Jimbot on Etsy.

robot stencils

Robot stencil kit from Uncommon Goods. This is just plain absolute greatness.




  1. 11/03/2012 / 7:25 am

    Sounds (and looks) awesome. I’m past the kids project thing, until the grandkids come along. Thanks for sharing, and have a great weekend!

    • 11/04/2012 / 10:26 am

      Your grandkids will think you’re the coolest grandma in the world if you set them up with this project. I guess you have a while to prepare if they haven’t come along yet… thanks for visiting!

  2. 11/03/2012 / 8:02 am

    That is so cute and awesome. #loverobots

    • 11/04/2012 / 10:25 am

      Thanks! Robots are pretty great, aren’t they? It was a fun project.

  3. 11/05/2012 / 5:23 pm

    I didn’t know robots could be so CUTE!!! Love these! Cute stencil kit too!

  4. 11/06/2012 / 3:31 pm

    Gosh girl you make it seem so easy. at first glance i was like “oh nooo, i can’t do this” but this is a great tutorial. thank you. i wonder if vanessa will try it with me now that she’s given up cooking. 😀

  5. 11/08/2012 / 5:59 pm

    Love it when art meets science. My son will want to do this immediately. I guess I better spring for some gold leaf!

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