I love decorations that change with the seasons. A couple years ago I bought a home sign from the Lakeside Collection catalog that sits on a shelf in my family room. The “O” in home changes every month with a different seasonal wooden cutout. A few months ago, I bought the additional wooden cutouts for the sign they were offering. One of the pieces I was most excited to get was the holiday ornament. Unfortunately, when it arrived and I unwrapped the ornament, the paint was smeared. I was bummed at first, but then I decided I was going to fix it, and the results turned out even better than I thought.
A new craft I’ve been obsessed with is Diamond Dotz. Much like knitting or doing puzzles, I find it a great way to relax after a stressful day and it is great to do while listening to a pod cast or watching T.V. Add to that the sparkly finished product, and it is just the craft for me. But before I could cover the ornament in Diamond Dotz, I first had to fix the smeared paint. Since you can see the paint between Diamond Dotz, it is important to first paint the wood the same color as the Diamond Dotz your using. I simply used some acrylic paint on I had on hand and did my best to mix the colors so they matched the piece.
Then I went to JoAnn’s Fabrics to find loose Diamond Dotz in the right colors for this project. They’re pretty inexpensive, so I bought a few reds to find the best match to the ornament. The best match I found was Sangria (#8081). Most craft stores sell loose gems, just look in the area where the store sells Diamond Dotz projects. But if you cannot get to a store, there are also craft catalogs or online that you can order from instead. The only issue I have with catalog or online ordering is that it is difficult to see the true color of the gems on paper or a computer screen.
I love the way it came out. With the Christmas Tree lights, the ornament really sparkles and looks even more festive. Since I had such a success with this project, I think I might start adding Diamond Dotz to the other wooden cutouts I have.
Acrylic paint to fix smeared paint
Alene’s Tacky Glue
Diamond Dotz used:
Pale Slate (#8184)
If you piece has smeared paint, like mine, use some acrylic paint to fix the smears. Once the piece is painted and dried, the next step is to cover the piece in tacky glue. Using Alene’s Tacky Glue. This glue is supposed to be for things that will not be permanently glued down, like stencils. But if applied in a thick layer, it is also great for Diamond Dotz application. Apply a thick layer of tacky glue all over the wooden piece. Then let it dry for at least an hour or longer.
When the glue is transparent, you can begin applying the Diamond Dotz. Starting at the edge, I first covered the red area of the ornament, then applied gems to the dots.
This ornament went from being my least favorite piece to my favorite piece and I cannot wait to put it out for the holidays. Perhaps there is an old Christmas decoration collecting dust in your closet that could be given a new life some new paint and a little sparkle. It couldn’t hurt to try. You may end up with a treasured upcycled piece you will display for years to come.