Easy ways to stop glitter shedding from Christmas baubles

It’s that time of year again, when we dig out the Christmas tree decorations from storage and give our living rooms a Holly Jolly makeover. 

But one of the worst parts about festive decorations is the glitter which gets quite literally everywhere.

And we really do mean everywhere… deep into carpets, in between floorboards, on the soles of your slippers – no doubt you’ll even find some on your face when you’re finished up as well.

No surface is safe from glitter – even after you’ve vacuumed and mopped, it will still turn up months down the line.

We all know glitter is an absolute nightmare to clean – but there are some easy ways to stop glitter shedding from Christmas baubles and festive decorations. Here are a few hacks which should be on your radar this year…

Spray baubles with a non-aerosol hairspray 

One of the quickest and most cost-effective ways to stop glittery baubles from shedding is to use an object lots of people will already have around the house… hairspray.

Cleaning expert Tim Keaveney from Homethings tells Metro.co.uk: ‘As soon as they’re out of the box, spray your baubles with some non-aerosol hairspray to keep the glitter firmly in place. 

‘Aside from being a great eco-friendly alternative to regular hairspray, non-aerosol hairsprays don’t contain propellants, which means they’re not flammable. Nothing would ruin the Christmas cheer quite like a flammable tree.’

Although, it’s worth pointing out that the hairspray might wear off over time, so Tim advises topping up the coating every five days. 

Seal with some non-toxic acrylic sealant

For a heavier duty, one-and-done alternative there’s always a non-toxic acrylic sealant – which will help keep the glitter in place for the long-term.

Tim explains: ‘Seal the glitter in place by painting a thin layer of clear, non-toxic acrylic sealant onto the baubles as soon as they’re out of the box. 

‘Allow the sealant to dry fully before placing your baubles onto your tree, where they’ll hang beautifully all season. 

‘You can purchase acrylic sealants at most craft stores and they come in a range of different colours.’

So you could get your craft on and give your baubles a personalised makeover with another coloured sealant.

Invest in some dependable storage solutions 

‘If glittery baubles are tightly packed away all year, they’ll inevitably rub against one another and shed their glittery coating,’ explains Tim.

‘To avoid damaging your best decorations, the best option would be to store your baubles in a compartmentalised storage box. Some baubles are already packaged and sold in these, so don’t throw them away.’

Tim adds: ‘If you haven’t got any to hand, fear not, try carefully individually wrapping each bauble in tissue paper before storing in a loose box or bag. This will minimise their contact with rough materials and stop their coatings from loosening and shedding as soon as they’re handled.’

If you don’t have separate storage boxes for glittery pieces, you’ll run the risk of getting glitter on anything you decide to store in those boxes in the future.

When inevitable glitter fallout happens, be sure to keep a roll of sticky tape nearby. You can loop the tape around your index and middle finger (with the sticky side facing out) and dab away at any pesky specks.

Rethink your decorations for a greener Christmas 

Another way to prevent a glittery nightmare is to simply not buy glitter baubles in the first place – or invest in eco-friendly alternatives.

Tim says: ‘If you’re in need of new Christmas decorations this year, try opting for baubles that contain only eco-friendly biodegradable glitter. This will stop any nasty microplastics from travelling across the home and into water systems. 

‘Better yet, reusing materials is a great way to lessen your environmental impact during the festive season. 3D paper baubles can be made using clever origami folding techniques, and can be neatly folded away for reuse next year.

‘For a glitzier vibe, try gluing some old sequins onto last year’s baubles, or even those used light bulbs you’ve got lying around.’

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