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Cute Christmas Art Projects

Cute Christmas art and craft projects for kids from my favorite art bloggersI’ve been admiring the supreme cuteness of all of the Christmas art projects on my favorite blogs. I don’t do any holiday based art lessons at my school. No one has said that I couldn’t, it’s just a choice that I made a long time ago to focus on non-religious art lessons. And besides, Christmas tree art doesn’t look as relevant in the annual spring art show as it does during December!

But I found a few that are almost too irresistible…

I adore these torn paper Christmas trees and the happy carolers. Children would love to create such happy pieces and there is no parent on earth who could resist placing these front and center during the holidays. Don’t you think that either one would make a great holiday card? Unfortunately, neither web source lists a tutorial.

Cute Christmas art and craft projects for kids from my favorite art bloggers

I saw this adorable watercolor elf (1) on Pinterest and it was originally sourced through Artsonia. Again, no tutorial but I have to say that this might be the cutest elf ever!

My family loves to “Elf Yourself” every year and there is nothing that makes me laugh harder than when my sister sends me her family shot. I think these paper elves (2) are equally as fun!

For the classic art lesson, the stately nutcracker (3) checks off many art standards. The tissue-paper trees (4) are not necessarily a Christmas lesson but they look so lovely and serene.

Thanks everyone for sharing your fantastic art lessons…I don’t think I can resist doing at least one of these this week. Which one will it be?


  1. My favorite is the nutcracker. I will have to ask my daughter (seven) what she thinks but given that she just had a Clara and the Nutcracker themed birthday party I think she will choose him too.


    December 4, 2012

  2. Hi Patty! I am a fan of your blog for a long time and I have been pleasantly surprised to see one of my works in this post (an album cover, a boy singer). I understand your thinking, I also avoid religious connotations las in my work as public school students have diverse backgrounds and whenever something is done with the utmost respect. T’aclareixo the child does not sing carols, alludes to the Winter Festival in December we do for families with all kinds of dances, songs and poems not religious. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and sorry for not knowing English. I used the google translator. A big hug from Barcelona (Catalonia) soon.


    December 4, 2012

    • Love your blog and your work! Thanks for introducing yourself!

      Patty Palmer

      December 4, 2012

      • I do a version of these trees. There’s a brief how-to on my blog. Please feel free to visit 🙂

        Beth Peterson

        December 5, 2012

  3. Hi Patty, thanks for including my Nutcracker in your collection! I’ve done that project dozens of times but still love that painting the most. It was by far the most original version done by a talented little 3rd grader I believe. Wishing you a happy winter break and very creative new year!

    Kathy Barbro

    December 6, 2012

  4. You saved me, Patty!
    My school commandeered my art tables for a scholastic sale and forgot to tell me BUT I adapted the fantastic Christmas tree into a cut (or rip) and glue project, had the kids use oil pastel on the black paper and they created beautiful individual trees. I actually used construction paper (some faded, some darker than others) and had the kids in a circle (each beginning with a different shade) rip one piece then pass their paper to the next person so each child ended up with a pile of ripped pieces of varying shades. They had a BALL and it was a great, quick lesson for a multi age classroom (grades 1-3).
    I LOVE your lessons and blog.

    Jenn MG

    December 7, 2012

    • Oh good! Glad I was there to help! I love this lesson as well. Any grade level could do it and the amount of detail and embellishment makes it unique to each child.

      Patty Palmer

      December 7, 2012

  5. Hi Patty! I love your blog, projects, and packets. I came across a website that has instructions for a Christmas tree very similar to the one pictured above. I thought you might want to check it out. http://kidsartists.blogspot.com/search/label/trees

    Michelle Gifford

    December 7, 2012

  6. I like all of them but I too stay away from Christmas projects which might make some of the children feel left out. I do however like the nutcracker that would work. Thanks for sharing. It just might be the one to get me through the last week before the holiday break.


    December 15, 2012

  7. Hi Patty, I was planning to do the nutcracker art lesson tomorrow. What happened to the link?


    December 16, 2012

    • Yes. I see what you mean. Something changed on Kathy’s blog. I went to back and searched for ‘Nutcracker” and relinked to the correct post. Thank heavens for search buttons!

      Patty Palmer

      December 16, 2012

  8. (⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
    .•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫ HAPPY NEW YEAR!


    December 31, 2012

  9. Hi Patty! Thank you for including my torn Christmas trees on your blog! I did these with second grade at a private Catholic School my first year teaching! I now teach at a Public school and no longer do this lesson because of the diversity. But I do recall we used sea sponges for snow and painted papers for the trees. We had to carefully tear the paper to show the white to make it look like snow! As for the presents I always have boxes of pre-painted paper scraps! Love your blog thanks!

    Sara Brady

    November 20, 2014

  10. Your blog is awesome! thank you so much for sharing 🙂


    November 24, 2015

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