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Light Bulb Cactus Ornament

DecoArt® Opaque Glass Paint Marker™

Light Bulb Cactus Ornament
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Light Bulb Cactus Ornament

designed by Crimson Duvall

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

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Bahama Blue (DA255)
  • Bubblegum Pink (DA250)
  • Cadmium Yellow (DAO10)
  • Dark Chocolate (DAO65)
  • Hauser Light Green (DA131)
  • Santa Red (DA170)
  • Snow (Titanium) White (DAO1)

DecoArt Opaque Glass Paint Marker

  • Blue (DGPM61)
  • Fuchsia (DGPM54)
  • Green (DGPM59)
  • Red (DGPM55)
  • Turquoise (DGPM60)
  • Yellow (DGPM57)

Galaxy Glitter™

  • Champagne Starburst (DGG14)
  • Clear Ice Comet (DGG18)
  • Milky Way Blue (DGG05)
  • Red Nebula (DGG04)

Snow Products

  • Snow-Tex® (DAS9)

Other supplies

  • paper towels
  • rubbing alcohol
  • scissors
  • liner brush
  • hot glue gun (with clear glue sticks)
  • masking tape
  • 1-1/2" standard terra cotta pot (one for each ornament)
  • clean cloth
  • palette knife
  • light bulbs (various shapes)
  • container (with small opening at top)
  • medium flat brush
  • heavy cardstock (or any heavy stock paper)
  • baker's twine
  • color pencil (light color)


NOTE: 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.
    Step 0 Example
  2. Use a Green Glass Marker to color the glass of the light bulb.
    Step 1 Example
  3. 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.)
    Step 2 Example
  4. Place dots of Yellow Glass Paint Marker randomly around the "cactus".
    Step 3 Example
  5. Another variation of the "cactus" ornament starts with a standard-shaped light bulb.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Paint stripes down the light bulb with Turquoise Glass Paint Marker.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Fill in the areas between the stripes with Turquoise Glass Paint Marker.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Fill in the larger areas with Green Glass Paint Marker.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Tape the light bulb into the top of a container with a small opening and allow to dry. (See photo.)
    Step 8 Example
  10. For each ornament, add hot glue into the bottom of the terra cotta pot.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Stick in the light bulb and hold until the glue has cooled.
    Step 10 Example
  12. 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.
    Step 11 Example
  13. With a palette knife, place Snow-Tex around the interior of the pot to give the look of dirt.
    Step 12 Example
  14. On a piece of cardstock or stiff paper (like watercolor paper), paint out some Santa Red. Allow to dry.
    Step 13 Example
  15. Flip over the Santa Red sheet and paint on Bubblegum Pink. Allow to dry.
    Step 14 Example
  16. On another sheet, paint out Cadmium Yellow. Allow to dry.
    Step 15 Example
  17. Print off and cut out the provided flower patterns.
    Step 16 Example
  18. Trace the rounded flower shapes onto the Santa Red/Bubblegum Pink-painted sheet.
    Step 17 Example
  19. Trace the spiky shapes onto the Cadmium Yellow painted sheet.
    Step 18 Example
  20. Cut out the Cadmium Yellow shapes and set aside.
    Step 19 Example
  21. Cut out the Santa Red shapes and set aside.
    Step 20 Example
  22. On the ornament with the Yellow dots, paint on tiny flower shapes using a Fuchsia Glass Paint Marker.
    Step 21 Example
  23. Dot a center in each flower with a Yellow Glass Marker.
    Step 22 Example
  24. Basecoat the pots with Snow White. Allow to dry.
    Step 23 Example
  25. Outline the Turquoise shapes with a Blue Glass Paint Marker.
    Step 24 Example
  26. Add star shapes onto the Green areas using a Yellow Glass Paint Marker.
    Step 25 Example
  27. Paint the Snow-Tex on each pot with Dark Chocolate. (See photo.) Allow to dry.
    Step 26 Example
  28. Paint the pot of the Turquoise ornament with Bahama Blue.
    Step 27 Example
  29. Paint the pot of the Green ornament with Santa Red.
    Step 28 Example
  30. Add Turquoise Glass Paint Marker lines to the Green area of the ornament.
    Step 29 Example
  31. Add Milky Way Blue to the Turquoise area of the ornament. Allow to dry.
    Step 30 Example
  32. Add Champagne Starburst to the "dirt" of each ornament. Allow to dry.
    Step 31 Example
  33. Once they are dry, trace on a design, year, or initial onto each pot with a light color pencil.
    Step 32 Example
  34. Cut an X into the center of each flower shape.
    Step 33 Example
  35. Cut an X into the center of each starburst shape.
    Step 34 Example
  36. Push twine through center cut of the flower.
    Step 35 Example
  37. Push twine through the center cut of the starburst.
    Step 36 Example
  38. On the Bahama Blue pot, paint a half loop design around the top of pot with Bubblegum Pink and diamond shapes with Cadmium Yellow.
    Step 37 Example
  39. 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.
    Step 38 Example
  40. On the blue pot, paint initial/year/dots with Santa Red Americana Acrylic.
    Step 39 Example
  41. On the red pot, paint initial/year/dots with Hauser Light Green Americana Acrylic.
    Step 40 Example
  42. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the flower with the twine.
    Step 41 Example
  43. Glue to the top of round ornament.
    Step 42 Example
  44. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the starburst with the twine.
    Step 43 Example
  45. Glue to the top of the swirled ornament.
    Step 44 Example
  46. Add accent glitter to pots. For the red use Red Nebula Galaxy Glitter.
    Step 45 Example
  47. For the green, use Clear Ice Comet Galaxy Glitter.
    Step 46 Example
  48. Add some Galaxy Glitter to the tops of flowers to add even more sparkle.
    Step 47 Example
  49. Add your DIY ornaments to other fun, bright holiday decor!
    Step 48 Example
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