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Retro Christmas Ornament | Dot Art

Americana® Enchanted Shimmer™

Retro Christmas Ornament | Dot Art
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Retro Christmas Ornament | Dot Art

designed by crimson duvall

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

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Learn more about Americana® Enchanted Shimmer™.


Americana Enchanted Shimmer

  • White (DES01)

Americana® Acrylics

  • Cactus Flower (DA384)
  • Pistachio Mint (DA253)
  • Primary Red (DA199)
  • Sea Breeze (DA256)
  • Snow (Titanium) White (DAO1)

DecoArt® Extreme Sheen™

  • Silver (DPM13)

Other supplies

  • palette or plastic plate
  • scissors
  • ruler
  • hole punch
  • tissue paper (white- for packing)
  • paper shreds or tissue
  • wooden skewer
  • paper mache box (white-size to fit ornament)
  • thin ribbon or string (silver)
  • watercolor paper
  • -fine grit sandpaper
  • •pencil (with unused eraser)
  • unfinished wood bulb ornament (Michaels)


  1. Start with a retro inspired, unfinished wood ornament.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Pick a white, paper mache box that fits the ornament.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Cut of the original hanger/string.
    Step 2 Example
  4. Sand the entire surface using a fine sandpaper.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Wipe off dust.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Basecoat the entire ornament using a flat brush with Cactus Flower Americana Acrylic. Allow to dry.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Paint the entire exterior surface of the box using a flat brush with White Enchanted Shimmer. Allow to dry.
    Step 6 Example
  8. 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.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Choose about 5 different size of dotting tools. These can be pencil erasers, ends of paint brushes and a wooden skewer.
    Step 8 Example
  10. 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.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Using Primary Red and the largest dotting tool, place the first (largest) dot in the very center of the ornament.
    Step 10 Example
  12. Dot smaller red dots on each side of the large dot. Be sure to reload with paint for each dot.
    Step 11 Example
  13. Using the next size down dotting tool, place the next red dots.
    Step 12 Example
  14. Place smaller dots at the end of each of the previous red dots.
    Step 13 Example
  15. Keep decreasing the size of the dots until you reach the ends of the ornament. Always remember to add fresh paint after each dot.
    Step 14 Example
  16. Next, place the largest center dots on either side of the red line of dots using Sea Breeze.
    Step 15 Example
  17. 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.
    Step 16 Example
  18. (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.
    Step 17 Example
  19. 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.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Place silver dots above each blue star on the box.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Using a flat brush, paint a small piece of watercolor paper with Pistachio Mint. Allow to dry.
    Step 20 Example
  22. Dot centers onto each star using Primary Red.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Using a straight edge and the provided diamond template, trace the shape onto the painted paper with a pencil.
    Step 22 Example
  24. Place three Cactus Flower dots onto the diamond shaped tag.
    Step 23 Example
  25. Punch a hole in the tag.
    Step 24 Example
  26. Paint a Cactus Flower star onto the box lid using a liner brush.
    Step 25 Example
  27. Add a hanger to the ornament using a silver ribbon. Place tissue paper shreds into the box and insert ornament.
    Step 26 Example
  28. Use the same (or different) ribbon to tie a bow onto the box.
    Step 27 Example
  29. This DIY gift has a classy and retro feel but is fun and easy to make!
    Step 28 Example
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