giant christmas tree paintings are my fave

December 4, 2013

Today’s artful post was created by Bar Rucci

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

When doing art at home with my kids, I am always thinking of ways to mix things up. We’ve been doing lots of small format work and collaging lately, so it was time for a change. Seeing their faces when I brought out the giant paper was priceless! They were able to use their whole body to draw and paint which resulted in a vibrant, more energetic work of art.

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave


– Large watercolor paper 30” x 22” (found at local art stores or online)

– Pencil + eraser

– Liquid Watercolor

– Brushes + water + damp sponge or paper towel


– Use the pencil lightly to draw the tree and any other decoration. My middle daughter did hers first and decided to add presents to the bottom, which I loved. (I hadn’t even thought of that!) We talked

about what type of tree to draw, and she decided she wanted a triangle instead of a bushy tree. After seeing hers, my son and other daughter followed suit, with triangle trees and presents. They all look different, though, which is the best part!

– Next, color in with the liquid watercolor. I encouraged them to mix different greens. We also let the paint dry before coloring in the ornaments. Although having watercolors run into each other is preferred most of the time, my kids wanted these paintings to be “more neat”.

– Two of them added a border, which is a nice way to frame and finish off the artwork. And that’s it!

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

I love how my son’s presents cover the whole page and look like flags. He is seven and usually the messiest artist, but this time he worked really hard to stay in the lines. I was so proud!

christmas tree paintings | you are my fave

My oldest daughter likes all of her art to be perfect and symmetrical (which can be a bit of a frustration for her). She used a ruler to draw her tree and all of her decoration. I love the triangle snowflakes and her super tall present on the right. She loved it, too (phew)!

This art project was one of our faves. They all painted with such concentration, and there were very few supplies needed so it was easy to set up and put away. We will hang these up every Christmas from now until forever.

I hope you try these with your kids (or maybe make one yourself)!

You can find more of Bar’s art projects at Art Bar Blog or shop her card shop (hello holiday postcards) at Late Night Cake.



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