Light Bulb Cactus Ornament

Light Bulb Cactus Ornament

Posted by DecoArt on Nov 16th 2020

Add a Southwestern touch to holiday ornament "topiaries" with DecoArt® Opaque Glass Paint Markers™.


    • paper towels
    • rubbing alcohol
    • scissors
    • liner brush
    • hot glue gun
    • masking tape
    • 1-1/2" standard terra cotta pot
    • clean cloth
    • palette knife
    • light bulbs
    • container
    • medium flat brush
    • heavy cardstock
    • baker's twine
    • color pencil



    Find a variety of old light bulbs with different shapes. Also, choose a twine that will coordinate with the colors of the ornament. Tiny terracotta pots work perfectly for this project.

    1. Wipe down the light bulb with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth to remove dirt and oils.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Use a Green Glass Marker to color the glass of the light bulb.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Dip a flat brush into rubbing alcohol and lightly dab onto the paint into certain areas. (This will give a watercolor look to the paint.)
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Place dots of Yellow Glass Paint Marker randomly around the "cactus".
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Another variation of the "cactus" ornament starts with a standard-shaped light bulb.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Paint stripes down the light bulb with Turquoise Glass Paint Marker.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Fill in the areas between the stripes with Turquoise Glass Paint Marker.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Fill in the larger areas with Green Glass Paint Marker.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Tape the light bulb into the top of a container with a small opening and allow to dry. (See photo.)
    18. Instruction #9
    19. For each ornament, add hot glue into the bottom of the terra cotta pot.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Stick in the light bulb and hold until the glue has cooled.
    22. Instruction #11
    23. TIP: If there is a deep space between the light bulb and the pot edge, add a scrunched-up paper towel and then add on the Snow-Tex.
    24. Instruction #12
    25. With a palette knife, place Snow-Tex around the interior of the pot to give the look of dirt.
    26. Instruction #13
    27. On a piece of cardstock or stiff paper (like watercolor paper), paint out some Santa Red. Allow to dry.
    28. Instruction #14
    29. Flip over the Santa Red sheet and paint on Bubblegum Pink. Allow to dry.
    30. Instruction #15
    31. On another sheet, paint out Cadmium Yellow. Allow to dry.
    32. Instruction #16
    33. Print off and cut out the provided flower patterns.
    34. Instruction #17
    35. Trace the rounded flower shapes onto the Santa Red/Bubblegum Pink-painted sheet.
    36. Instruction #18
    37. Trace the spiky shapes onto the Cadmium Yellow painted sheet.
    38. Instruction #19
    39. Cut out the Cadmium Yellow shapes and set aside.
    40. Instruction #20
    41. Cut out the Santa Red shapes and set aside.
    42. Instruction #21
    43. On the ornament with the Yellow dots, paint on tiny flower shapes using a Fuchsia Glass Paint Marker.
    44. Instruction #22
    45. Dot a center in each flower with a Yellow Glass Marker.
    46. Instruction #23
    47. Basecoat the pots with Snow White. Allow to dry.
    48. Instruction #24
    49. Outline the Turquoise shapes with a Blue Glass Paint Marker.
    50. Instruction #25
    51. Add star shapes onto the Green areas using a Yellow Glass Paint Marker.
    52. Instruction #26
    53. Paint the Snow-Tex on each pot with Dark Chocolate. (See photo.) Allow to dry.
    54. Instruction #27
    55. Paint the pot of the Turquoise ornament with Bahama Blue.
    56. Instruction #28
    57. Paint the pot of the Green ornament with Santa Red.
    58. Instruction #29
    59. Add Turquoise Glass Paint Marker lines to the Green area of the ornament.
    60. Instruction #30
    61. Add Milky Way Blue to the Turquoise area of the ornament. Allow to dry.
    62. Instruction #31
    63. Add Champagne Starburst to the "dirt" of each ornament. Allow to dry.
    64. Instruction #32
    65. Once they are dry, trace on a design, year, or initial onto each pot with a light color pencil.
    66. Instruction #33
    67. Cut an X into the center of each flower shape.
    68. Instruction #34
    69. Cut an X into the center of each starburst shape.
    70. Instruction #35
    71. Push twine through center cut of the flower.
    72. Instruction #36
    73. Push twine through the center cut of the starburst.
    74. Instruction #37
    75. On the Bahama Blue pot, paint a half loop design around the top of pot with Bubblegum Pink and diamond shapes with Cadmium Yellow.
    76. Instruction #38
    77. On the red pot, paint half loop design around the top of pot with Bahama Blue Americana Acrylic. Also, paint diamond shapes with Cadmium Yellow Americana Acrylic.
    78. Instruction #39
    79. On the blue pot, paint initial/year/dots with Santa Red Americana Acrylic.
    80. Instruction #40
    81. On the red pot, paint initial/year/dots with Hauser Light Green Americana Acrylic.
    82. Instruction #41
    83. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the flower with the twine.
    84. Instruction #42
    85. Glue to the top of round ornament.
    86. Instruction #43
    87. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the starburst with the twine.
    88. Instruction #44
    89. Glue to the top of the swirled ornament.
    90. Instruction #45
    91. Add accent glitter to pots. For the red use Red Nebula Galaxy Glitter.
    92. Instruction #46
    93. For the green, use Clear Ice Comet Galaxy Glitter.
    94. Instruction #47
    95. Add some Galaxy Glitter to the tops of flowers to add even more sparkle.
    96. Instruction #48
    97. Add your DIY ornaments to other fun, bright holiday decor!
    98. Instruction #49


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