Hand painted Christmas art

Help your little ones print a pretty hand painted Christmas wreath picture - the perfect gift for a grandparent!

This craft is all about hands on and getting involved with your creative little genius. Now, we're not going to lie this can get messy so maybe get some wipe-clean aprons out and cover your tables in old newspaper.

Whether you choose to make a Christmas wreath or a Christmas tree, all you need is a willing pair of hands - these will make fabulous gifts to family and friends. Make sure your little artist signs them!

You will need

  • Square and rectangular stretched canvasses
  • Dinner plate
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Light and dark green paint
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush
  • Star stencil
  • Silver glitter paper

How to make your hand painted Christmas wreath

Step 1 For the Christmas Wreath canvas, first lightly draw round a dinner plate in the middle of the square canvas with a pencil.

Step 2 Next, make hand prints around the circle, alternating light and dark green paints, to create a wreath shape.

Step 3 Then, add some red finger printed ‘berries', then stamp a greeting in the middle of the wreath in black ink. Or freehand write it.

Step 4 For your very own Christmas Tree canvas, lightly draw 4 lines on a rectangular canvas, then print alternate light and dark green hands along each line to form a tree shape.

Step 5 Add some red finger printed ‘berries', then use the template to cut out a silver glitter star and stick it to the top of the tree with glue.

Craft: Suzie Attaway

We used: 50 x 50cm Stretched Canvas, £8; 61 x 50.8cm Stretched Canvas, £9; Green and Red Ready Mixed Paint, £1 for 300ml; Art Acrylic Paint in Sap Green, £2 for 75ml; A5 Glitter Pad in Black & Silver, £2.50 for 10 sheets, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400 hobbycraft.co.uk). Musical Snow Globe, £15, The Contemporary Home (0870 1308229 tch.net). Stripe Giftwrap, £2 for 6m, Wilko (0845 608 0807 wilko.com). Silver Sparkle Ribbon, £5.95 for 3m, The Makery (01225 581888 the makery.co.uk).


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