Retro Christmas Ornament | Dot Art

Retro Christmas Ornament | Dot Art

Posted by DecoArt on Dec 16th 2021

Create your own unique gift box and retro Christmas ornament using relaxing dot art.


    • palette or plastic plate
    • scissors
    • ruler
    • hole punch
    • tissue paper
    • paper shreds or tissue
    • wooden skewer
    • paper mache box
    • thin ribbon or string
    • watercolor paper
    • -fine grit sandpaper
    • •pencil
    • unfinished wood bulb ornament


    1. Start with a retro inspired, unfinished wood ornament.
    2. Instruction #1
    3. Pick a white, paper mache box that fits the ornament.
    4. Instruction #2
    5. Cut of the original hanger/string.
    6. Instruction #3
    7. Sand the entire surface using a fine sandpaper.
    8. Instruction #4
    9. Wipe off dust.
    10. Instruction #5
    11. Basecoat the entire ornament using a flat brush with Cactus Flower Americana Acrylic. Allow to dry.
    12. Instruction #6
    13. Paint the entire exterior surface of the box using a flat brush with White Enchanted Shimmer. Allow to dry.
    14. Instruction #7
    15. Lightly sand the ornaments surface and wipe off the dust. Add a second coat of the Cactus Flower Americana Acrylic and allow to dry completely.
    16. Instruction #8
    17. Choose about 5 different size of dotting tools. These can be pencil erasers, ends of paint brushes and a wooden skewer.
    18. Instruction #9
    19. For easy dotting, pour out a small amount of the following colors onto the plate or palette: Snow White, Sea Breeze, Primary Red and Pistachio Mint.
    20. Instruction #10
    21. Using Primary Red and the largest dotting tool, place the first (largest) dot in the very center of the ornament.
    22. Instruction #11
    23. Dot smaller red dots on each side of the large dot. Be sure to reload with paint for each dot.
    24. Instruction #12
    25. Using the next size down dotting tool, place the next red dots.
    26. Instruction #13
    27. Place smaller dots at the end of each of the previous red dots.
    28. Instruction #14
    29. Keep decreasing the size of the dots until you reach the ends of the ornament. Always remember to add fresh paint after each dot.
    30. Instruction #15
    31. Next, place the largest center dots on either side of the red line of dots using Sea Breeze.
    32. Instruction #16
    33. Continue to place descending sized dots on either side of the largest blue dots. Be sure to add them in a gently curving line to resemble the shape of the ornament. Do the same using Snow White and the same dotting tools.
    34. Instruction #17
    35. (TIP: make sure to curve each line of dots to form to the ornament shape to give a dimensional look.) The next line of dots with be with the Pistachio Mint followed by Primary Red. Dot on Silver Extreme Sheen around the top of the ornament.
    36. Instruction #18
    37. Using a liner brush and the sample star pattern, paint Cactus Flower stars on the left of each side of the box. Using a liner brush, paint larger star patterns onto the bottom right of each side of the box, with Sea Breeze.
    38. Instruction #19
    39. Place silver dots above each blue star on the box.
    40. Instruction #20
    41. Using a flat brush, paint a small piece of watercolor paper with Pistachio Mint. Allow to dry.
    42. Instruction #21
    43. Dot centers onto each star using Primary Red.
    44. Instruction #22
    45. Using a straight edge and the provided diamond template, trace the shape onto the painted paper with a pencil.
    46. Instruction #23
    47. Place three Cactus Flower dots onto the diamond shaped tag.
    48. Instruction #24
    49. Punch a hole in the tag.
    50. Instruction #25
    51. Paint a Cactus Flower star onto the box lid using a liner brush.
    52. Instruction #26
    53. Add a hanger to the ornament using a silver ribbon. Place tissue paper shreds into the box and insert ornament.
    54. Instruction #27
    55. Use the same (or different) ribbon to tie a bow onto the box.
    56. Instruction #28
    57. This DIY gift has a classy and retro feel but is fun and easy to make!
    58. Instruction #29


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