As much as I wanted to keep our holiday décor simple this year, we were planning to host a holiday office party at our home, which meant adding a bit more holiday décor than I had originally planned. For some, like Martha Stewart, throwing parties at her place of residence may not seem like a big deal. But for a novice hostess, like myself, I don’t find hosting parties to be particularly easy. Nevertheless, we needed some decorations to make it fun and festive, if not for ourselves, then for our guests.
I stopped by local Target on a busy and very snowy Sunday to pick up some cat litter to clean up the oil in our garage (more on that story later). And true to great marketing and store layout, the dollar section called out to me with the glow of glittery ornaments.
I scored these eight mini-glitter ornaments for a $1 each! I picked up a few and decided to hang them up on our Japanese maple tree in our front yard.
After a little threading with curling ribbon:
and tying the knot, I thought I was ready to hang one of these.
But then a strong gust of wind struck our door, and I realized the glitter on these lightly glued ornaments needed a little TLC before I sent them off to brave the snow.
How to Protect Fragile Craft Projects in the Outdoors
I’ve learned a few things or two in my high school art class, such as hair spraying my pastel encrusted artwork. Thus, I knew protecting a mini-glitter ornament in the outdoor elements was a must. Here are three different protectants I tested.
I went with my trusty Garnier Fructis hairspray to keep the shiny glitter intact. But just like a bad hair day in rain or fluffy snow, I knew that hairspray would not cut the mustard in the long-term or short-term.
I purchased some decoupage on clearance a few months ago, and I wanted to give this a try as well. Friends told me this was a great way to keep pieces intact on craft projects. However, after reading the label on the back, I read that it is a water-soluble based product.
(Decoupage + Snow ≠ Protected Glitter Ornament)
Oh well, so much for trying out decoupage.
3. Polyurethane finish (in a spray can)
Ahh, last but not least, I think I figured it out – spraying polyurethane finish! True to perfect Christmas weather in the Midwest, I stood outside with the garage door half way open (to protect the ornaments and me from the wintery elements), sprayed each ornament and headed back in the house. The ornaments “dried” in 28 degree weather, even though the weather had a windchill factor of 14 degrees.
Now, the before:
After some strategic placement, here is our finished product:
We’ll see if these ornaments can withstand the wind, freezing temperatures through Christmas.
Come back tomorrow as I share a tutorial from Handimania and one other budget-friendly wreath tutorial for less than $3!
From my hometown to yours,