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How to Make a Christmas Tree Collage

Are you looking for a fun art project to try over winter break with your kids?  Here is one that is sure to be festive, fun and creative!

Christmas Tree Collage for Kids

What you will need:

1.  Begin by drawing a Christmas tree shape on a piece of watercolor paper.


2.  Start by painting in the sections of the tree with various shades of green.  Get your brush nice and wet while painting.


3.  While the paint is still wet, I like to dab in other colors that are similar (yellows, turqouises, different shades of green).  The colors blend and spread in a way that is unique to watercolors.


4.  When you are finished painting the tree, let it dry for several hours.

Watercolor Christmas tree

5.  While it is drying, take some time to gather the items that you will use to decorate the tree.  I have a stash of paper scraps that I keep handy for projects like these.  Use scrapbook paper, previously painted pages, magazine cut outs or stickers.  I happened to have an astronomy magazine which had some really beautiful celestial images as well as some children’s magazines that had that moon image.

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2016-12-16-14-51-126.  When your tree is thoroughly dry, you can start decorating!  Cut out wavy line shapes for garland or use markers to draw them on.  Stick on star stickers, magazine cut outs or draw stars in the sky. Choose something festive to add to the top of your tree.

Tree in progress

I outlined the tree sections with black Micron markers and added additional doodling to the bottom of the tree.


7.  Cut out ornament shapes from your painted papers, scrapbook paper scraps and magazine pages.  Put stickers on the tree for ornaments.  Place a bird or animal sticker to be sitting on the tree.  Outline any stickers that need defining.  After I started decorating, for some reason I began using green markers to color on top of the actual tree.  I didn’t like it, but it was too late so I had to keep going.  If I did this again, I would just leave it with the watercolor paints only.

Detail shot of tree

8.  Finally, in my opinion, white accents make everything better!  I used my white paint marker to add dots on to the garland and tree.

Tree detail

Here is the finished image! When you are done, you can frame it and hang it as a Christmas decoration or you can photocopy it and use it as a Christmas card.

What do you think of this idea?  Do you like collage as much as I do?

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About Marcia Beckett

Marcia is an elementary art teacher and loves painting, drawing, sculpture, art journaling and clay. Her blog, Art is Basic, features many exciting art projects for kids.

2 Responses to How to Make a Christmas Tree Collage

  1. Rhonda H says:

    I LOVE collage! I recently started doing a small collage every day using different materials. I have begun setting up a drawer system of organizing collage elements like: words, people, wildlife, backgrounds, colors, etc…The holidays have kind of (happily) derailed my collaging, but I hope to get started back after the first of the year. Thanks for sharing this mixed media collage!!

  2. Martha says:

    Thanks for sharing. I do like the addition of the white. It really pulls it together and gives the design a sense of unity.