Best Christmas Art Projects For Kids

  • by James O'Brien
  • Sep 12,2019

Keep the kids busy through the holiday season with these fun Christmas art project ideas for kids. This cool collection of cute Christmas art projects, Christmas crafts, and Christmas painting ideas include classic symbols and characters associated with Christmas AND how and why these symbols came to be associated with Christmas. Try any of these easy Christmas art ideas and Christmas art projects for toddlers to teens with your children this year!

Spend some time getting creative with your children this holiday season with this collection of fun Christmas art projects for kids of all ages.

Whether you are a teacher or educator looking for cool Christmas art projects or a parent looking for cute Christmas handprint art, Christmas footprint art, and Christmas fingerprint art keepsake gifts and Christmas painting ideas you can find what you are looking for in this roundup of fun Christmas art project ideas!

We have listed the Christmas art projects for kids into categories so you can easily find a super cute Christmas art idea to try with the kids!

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Christmas Tree Art Projects and Painting Ideas for Kids

Why do we have a Christmas Tree?

Evergreen fir trees have been used to celebrate winter festivals for thousands of years. Learn more about the history of Christmas trees HERE!

There are so many creative ways to make Christmas tree art. Use handprints, footprints, fingerprints, sponges, ripped paper, bubble wrap, or a fork to make cool Christmas tree art! For a cute keepsake, make handprint, footprint or fingerprint Christmas trees!

Christmas Tree Art Ideas

  • Watercolor Christmas Tree Art Cards
  • Glowing Christmas Tree Chalk Art Tutorial | Hodge Podge
  • Sponge Painted Christmas Tree Art | Hello Wonderful
  • Christmas Tree Winter Art | I Heart Crafty Things
  • Ripped Paper Christmas Tree Art | Thinking Outside the Sandbox
  • Black Glue Christmas Tree Art Project | I Heart Crafty Things
  • Bubble Wrap Christmas Tree Art | School Time Snippets
  • Fork Painted Christmas Tree | The Pinterested Parent 
  • Single Handprint Christmas Tree Art | Fun Handprint Art Blog
  • Upward Handprint Christmas Tree Art | Pinky for Pink
  • Family Downward Handprint Christmas Tree Canvas | Mum in the Madhouse
  • Footprint Christmas Tree | Fun Handprint Art Blog
  • Fingerprint Christmas Tree Art | A More Crafty Life
  • Positive and Negative Fingerprint Christmas Tree Art (photo below)

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Cool Santa Art Project Ideas for Kids

Why is Santa associated with Christmas?

Santa Claus is one of the most classic characters associated with Christmas. The legend of Santa Clause is said to have originated from stories of a rich monk named Saint Nicolas that gave gifts to the poor and those in need.

Learn more about the connection between Saint Nicolas and Santa Clause in fun family Christmas traditions.

Santa Clause art project ideas

  • Draw Santa on a Stamp | Art Projects for Kids
  • Santa Claus Directed Drawing | Proud to be Primary

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Cute Christmas Lights Art

Christmas fingerprint art is fun! Make fingerprint Christmas lights for a cute Christmas keepsake gift idea or create gorgeous Christmas lights art with chalk. Both Christmas art project ideas are super easy and turn out beautifully. You can even make fingerprint lights on a Christmas tree card!

Christmas Lights Art Projects

  • Chalk Stencil Christmas Light Art | Buggy and Buddy
  • Fingerprint Christmas Lights | Crafty Morning
  • Easy Fingerprint Lights Cards | Dayna Banya
  • Fingerprint Lights Christmas Tree Art Cards (photo below)

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Fun Christmas Elf Art Projects for Kids

What are Elves?

Elves are known to be tiny, dwarf-like creatures that are both magical and mischevious.

Christmas elves are Santa’s little helpers that are said to live with him and Mrs. Claus at the north pole. Christmas elves are usually dressed in red or green and have large, pointy ears and pointy hats.

Many children believe that Santa’s elves help make the toys in Santa’s workshop and take care of his reindeer.

Christmas elf art ideas for kids

  • Fingerprint Elf Art | Crafty Morning
  • Draw Symmetrical Elf Shoes | Art Projects for Kids
  • Elf Hat Marker Art Video | Glitter Meets Glue
  • Step by Step Elf Drawing | Art Projects for Kids

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Cool Snowman Art Project Ideas for Children

What is a Snowman?

A snowman or snowperson is a snow sculpture that is built in the winter after a fresh heavy snowfall. A typical snowman usually has two or three large snowballs of different sizes stacked one upon the other with the larges snowball placed on the bottom.

Snowmen are usually decorated with natural materials such as sticks or branches for arms and clothing like hats and scarves. Make a face with coal pieces or rocks, and a carrot nose!

There are as many ways to make and build a snowman as there are ways to create snowman art. Try a few of the cool snowman art projects with your children this year. for more snowperson, art ideas pop over to have a look at winter art projects for kids.

Snowman Art Ideas for Kids

  • Snowman Directed Drawing | Proud to be Primary
  • How to Paint a Simple Snowman | Flower Patch Farmhouse
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  • Fingerprint Snowman Art (photo below)


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Cute Reindeer Art Projects for Kids

How did reindeer become associated with Christmas?

Like Santa Clause and elves, a reindeer is another classic character associated with Christmas. According to tradition, Santa’s reindeer help Santa Clause deliver gifts to all the girls and boys all over the world on Christmas Eve.

Santa’s reindeer were first made popular by a poem titled “A visit from Saint Nick” written by Clement Moore that is known as “Twas the night before Christmas” today.

What are Santa’s reindeer names in order and how many reindeer does Santa have?

Santa’s reindeer names in order are Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen made popular by the story “‘Twas the night before Christmas.”

Later, the popularity of the song “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer” brought Santa’s official number of reindeer up to nine.

Reindeer Art Ideas for Children

  • Reindeer Directed Drawing | BusyKidsHappyMom
  • Sponge Painted Reindeer | I Heart Crafty Things
  • Handprint Reindeer Art| Crafty Morning

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Christmas Nativity Art

What is a Christmas Nativity Scene?

A Nativity scene is a display or art that depicts the birth of Jesus. The figures traditionally represented are the baby Jesus, his mother Mary, and his father Joseph. Give one of these Christmas nativity art ideas a try!

Christmas Nativity Art Projects for Kids

  • Nativity Christmas Art | Fun A Day
  • Nativity Art Project | The Crafty Classroom
  • Christmas Nativity Art | Munchkin Time

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Christmas Nutcracker Art

What is a Christmas Nutcracker?

Nutcracker dolls are decorative figurines that represent power, strength, and good luck as they guard us against evil and danger. This is why a Nutcracker is almost always found bearing its teeth. Try drawing a Christmas Nutcracker with this fun giant nutcracker art project.

Christmas Nutcracker Art Projects for Kids

  • Draw a Giant Nutcracker | Art Projects for Kids

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Christmas Ornament Art

Christmas ornaments are one of the most classic Christmas crafts around. Make some Christmas ornament art to go along with the Christmas ornament crafts that you make with your children this year!

Easy Christmas Ornament Art Ideas

  • Ornament Marker Drawings | Art Projects for Kids
  • Potato Stamp Christmas Ornament Bulbs | Crafty Morning
  • Holiday Ornaments Art Project | Artsonia

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Best Christmas Handprint Art

Christmas handprint art makes a wonderful keepsake gift idea that kids can make for parents and grandparents. Try any of the fun Christmas handprint art ideas below!

Christmas Handprint Art Projects for Kids

  • Single Handprint Christmas Tree Art | Fun Handprint Art Blog
  • Upward Handprint Christmas Tree Art | Pinky for Pink
  • Family Downward Handprint Christmas Tree Canvas | Mum in the Madhouse
  • Handprint Reindeer | Crafty Morning
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  • Easy Christmas Carolers Handprint Art (photo below)

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Christmas Fingerprint Art

Kid-made Christmas fingerprint art is another fun and easy keepsake gift idea. Create some Christmas magic with your fingertips with any of these art ideas.

Easy Christmas Fingerprint Art Ideas

  • Fingerprint Lights Christmas Tree Art
  • Reverse Fingerprint Christmas Tree Art
  • Best Christmas Fingerprint Art Ideas–Click for more Christmas fingerprint art ideas

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Best Christmas Footprint Art

Christmas footprint art also makes a great keepsake gift idea that kids can make. Make some handmade (or foot-made) Christmas art today!

Christmas Footprint Art Projects

  • Reindeer Footprint Art| Emma Owl
  • Footprint Christmas Tree | Fun Handprint Art Blog
  • Best Christmas Footprint Art Ideas–Click for more Christmas footprint art ideas

Christmas Art Project Ideas for Children

Try any of these fun Christmas art projects with your children this year. We have included a selection of cute Christmas art projects for kids from toddlers to teens.

From Christmas handprint and footprint art ideas to a fork painted Christmas tree, there is an art project in this collection to please everyone. Happy holidays!

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