I so love a good craft. In fact, during the holiday season, nothing makes me happier than gathering my boys and getting a little messy creating something that’s just amazing. As a tradition we always create one ornament a year; it’s just something special we do as a family and each year as we decorate our tree, we talk about the fun we’ve had in previous years making these amazing ornaments.
As I prepared to create our ornaments this year, I was hit with a dilemma. As many of you know, we recently moved into a new home. And while I love our wood floors throughout, they can be a little hard to clean. Since I knew both of the boys were really expecting to make something sparkly and spectacular, I’ll be honest and admit that I was worried about the cleanup. I didn’t want to let my fear of huge messes derail our perfect monogrammed ornaments but I knew that to make this a truly memorable holiday craft, I had to make some major adjustments to my glittery plan!
Since I knew scrapping the sparkle just wasn’t an option, I set out to find a better way to clean up after the epic mess that we were sure to create. I mean, two boys (one of which is a preschooler) and glitter just equals one big ol’ mess! So before starting my project, I hopped online at Amazon.com to see what I could find to make cleanup easy. Since I’ve been an O-Cedar fan for years, the moment I spotted the O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop I knew I had found my solution.
With it’s larger 16-inch mop head that picks up more dirt and dust on the first pass with no excess dripping thanks to it’s super absorbent microfiber head that covers 75% more area at a time, it was the perfect way to worry less about the mess that I was about to create. Knowing that our fun (and messy) craft just wouldn’t wait, I quickly placed my order using my Prime shipping so that I could rest assured that delivery of my essential cleaning tool would happen quickly.
Sure enough, two days latter my O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop arrived on my doorstep and the minute it came out of the box, I knew that this messy craft was on because cleanup was going to be a breeze! After sharing my excitement about this better way to clean with the kiddos, I pulled out all my glitter and crafting supplies without a worry that this would create a bigger mess than I was prepared to clean.
As soon as I pulled out my essential items, the kids were ready and I just could see from the gleam in their eyes that they had some major mess making in mind! Knowing that there was nothing I couldn’t handle the clean up for, I pulled out my plastic ball ornaments (a must if you’re crafting with littles) and got ready to help them create.
To start our project, we took off the tops of the plastic ornaments and poured two tablespoons of Mod Podge into each one. Now I know there are several ways out there to create glitter ornaments but since I’m a Mod Podge queen, it was really the only option for me. After pouring the Mod Podge in, I let the kids gently roll the ornaments around so that it formed a coating on the entire inside of the ornament.
By this time our giggles had brought the hubs to the kitchen to see what in the world we were doing and after a brief explanation about how easy clean up would be, he jumped in on the fun and helped the boys drain any excess Mod Podge out of their ornaments.
Next, with a layer of Mod Podge inside each ornament to help the glitter stick, we poured a generous amount of glitter into each ornament.
After placing the top back on (that’s a can’t miss step) I let my little guy shake, shake, shake his ornament until it was covered on the inside with glitter.
While the ornament looked awfully white on the inside at this point, I knew my Mod Podge would dry clear, creating a beautifully sparkly ornament that we could turn into something really amazing!
After repeating the process on a few more ornaments, we set them aside to dry while we assessed the mess we had created.
I knew my guys thought they had been extra careful not to get any glitter off the table but let’s just be honest, it’s glitter and it spreads like crazy no matter what you do! As soon as my little guy hopped out of his chair and took in the situation on the floor, he saw that we had more of a mess than he had anticipated.
But I wasn’t worried! Because I knew that there was no job too big for my brand new O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop! After adding some soap and water to the sink, I dipped it in, rung it out easily thanks to it’s twisting head (those of you with wood floors know how important this step is and it’s never been as easy as it is with O-Cedar) and handed it off so that the mess makers could be the mess erasers.
At first, they were skeptical that this mop could take on such a big mess but as they pushed the microfiber mop head back and forth across the floor, we were all amazed at the way it instantly picked up the glitter and cleared a path of clean floor where a big mess had just been.
I was thrilled that with the O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop because it helped make clean up so easy that even the kiddos could help eliminate the mess that they had helped make.
After the floor was sparkling clean (which literally took less than five minutes), I rinsed out my mop, locked the head of it into place so it could dry and be stored easily and went back to work finishing up our now dry ornaments.
Since the Mod Podge had dried, we had sparkly ornaments that were just about perfect! But I wasn’t stopping there! Since I wanted to make them extra special I quickly helped the boys cut a piece of ribbon to tie around the top of each ornament.
Then I ran to my vinyl cutter and cut out letters for our names to create beautiful monograms. After peeling them off of my vinyl and sticking them onto my glittering ornaments, our craft was complete.
In one simple afternoon, we had created an ornament that we’ll treasure for years. And I have to be honest, it turned out so perfectly that I’m considering having another craft afternoon to create ornaments like this to give as teacher gifts this holiday season. Because now that I have my O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop, I can craft away knowing that the cleanup will be amazingly simple!
And as my crafting continues, I’ll rest assured that no matter how big of a mess we make, clean up will be a breeze with the easy to replace Microfiber head of the O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop!
Now I know that this Christmas, the most beautiful ornaments every will adorn our tree and the floor beneath it will be sparkling clean.
And I’ll smile each time I see them knowing that creating them was messy but amazingly fun thanks to the ability to clean up quickly with the O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop.
Whether you’re crafting, baking or simply entertaining this holiday season, don’t less messes slow you down! Order your very own O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop from Amazon.com or pick it up at major retailers nationwide today and you’ll soon discover like I did that creating messes is much more fun when the cleanup is so simple!
Now that I’ve shared how I’m cleaning up easily after fun messes with the O-Cedar MicroTwist™ Microfiber Mop, I’d love to know how you would use it to keep your home holiday ready!