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Holiday Ornament DIY

Since we moved into our bigger house, I’ve been excited about decorating and all the space we have.  But I’ve been waiting like an excited little kid for the holidays to come around because we will finally have enough space for a regular-sized tree.  For years, I always had a small 4-foot tree but now? Its time for an 8-footer!  This holiday ornament DIY came to  mind a few weeks ago after strolling through and buying all the holiday decor at Target. 

I immediately fell in love with the Hearth and Hand red and green ornament sets.  Our main tree (we have like six in assorted sizes) is decorated in matte ornaments, crystals and disco balls in mixed metal colors but I wanted to add some traditional red and green in there too.

These sets had the perfect coloring – the colors were rich and the green wasn’t the lime green like I kept seeing everywhere.  The only thing that was holding me back was the smaller-sized ornaments that were included – they were white with a pattern printed all around the middle of the ornament that I didn’t care for.

I threw caution to the wind and bought two boxes of each color; telling myself that I would figure out something to do with those ornaments and make it worth it.  I spent about two weeks thinking about it until I figured out the solution.

Hearth & Hand red ornament set
Hearth & Hand green ornament set

What did I decide?  To cover it with gold of course!  Anyone who knows me, knows I love gold.  Even my own mom wonders out loud how I manage to find so much gold decor.  But how to get a good match for the brushed brass color AND make it easy for me to actually do it without making a mess?  Enter Rub’n’Buff in Gold Leaf to save my holiday ornament DIY!

This product is so cool!  Its a creamy wax that you literally rub and buff to give something a metallic finish.  I have used this for so many other projects and it has never failed me but, having said that, it does take some getting used in how to handle it.  Scroll below for the step-by-step instructions for my holiday ornament DIY.

Holiday Ornament DIY

Skill Level: Beginner
Prep Time: 5 mins
Mess:  Minimal

  • Rub’n’Buff Gold Leaf
  • Sponge brush
  • Ornaments
  • Small plate
  • Paper towel

  1. Squeeze out a small amount of the Rub’n’Buff onto your plate.   Place the paper towel under your work area – trust me, it’ll be covered in gold wax crumbles!          *Make sure you’re using a plate you don’t care about because you can’t wash this stuff off – I used a small plastic plate.
  2. I work in small amounts because it dries up – I squeezed out about the size of a nickel, four times for the whole project (16 small ornaments).  Also make sure to cap it tight between uses.
  3. Get a little on the corner of your brush and start applying it to your ornament.  I used a sponge brush to get a smoother and more opaque coverage.  If you want your ornaments to look a little distressed use and actual brush.
  4. Work the product over the desired area but don’t just focus in one spot – you need to allow it to dry a little, check the opacity and then apply more if needed, otherwise you’ll just keep wiping the wet product off.
  5. As it dries it may get a little crumbly, that’s totally normal; just finish your ornament and then go back and rub any of the big chunks off with the clean end of the brush.  Don’t get to obsessive though, its going on a tree – no one will be looking that closely.
  6. Place them somewhere to dry that they won’t be leaning on something and getting scratched.
  7. Be happy that I told you to put down that paper towel while you’re quickly cleaning up the mess.
  8. Place on your tree and admire your handy work!!!
suppliesrub'n'buffing my ornamentletting the ornaments dry

Here’s our finished tree!  I think the newly painted ornaments fit in so much better than the patterned ones could have.  If you try this out for yourself, or even if you try out the Rub’n’Buff on something else – tag @vzcollective on Instagram so I can see!

Christmas tree closeup

If you have any questions about this DIY or how to use Rub’n’buff – feel free to ask!

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