How to Make Colorful Christmas Tree Art

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The Colors of Christmas by Jill Howarth had us pulling out all the colors of the rainbow … and some splatter and shimmer!


This sweet book had us from the beginning with a sparkly cover and super colorful illustrations. As a former art teacher, this board book is a DREAM to share with my girls to build up the excitement and magic of Christmas through color!

We were inspired to make these quick and easy Colorful Christmas Landscapes inspired by the pictures at the end of the book of all the colored trees and ornaments.


  • 12″ x 18″ light blue or teal colored paper (for background)
  • 6″ x 18″ white paper (for snowy foreground)
  • Colored paper rectangles for the trees (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, pink & purple)
  • Crayon or pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Watered down white tempera paint and brush (for splattering snow)
  • Glitter paint in various colors (or regular liquid tempera)
  • Q-tips
  • Glitter foam star stickers


  1. Draw triangles on the colored paper with a crayon or pencil for the trees. Cut out and set aside. (If doing this with ages 3 and under, I’d have the triangles pre-cut.) I helped my daughter draw the lines, then she cut.

2. Cut a wavy line across the white paper and glue to the blue background. Then, glue the trees.

You could paint the foreground with white tempera paint and sponges if you’d like! That just meant adding another art session, and I wanted to keep it as one.

3. Splatter white paint for snow. Let dry for a few minutes. Then using a q-tip, add glitter paint dots for ornaments and top with glitter foam star stickers.

These were SO much fun and easy to make. We hope these landscapes can bring some more color and shine to your classroom or home this Christmas season!


How to Create a Colorful Christmas Landscape

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