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Easy How to Draw a Christmas Tree Tutorial Video and Christmas Tree Coloring Page

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial to learn how to draw a Christmas Tree Tutorial Video and Christmas Tree Coloring Pages. There are several fun Christmas Tree drawing tutorial projects to choose from.

Christmas Tree Drawing

Christmas Tree Drawing Tutorial Video

Why use this Christmas Tree Drawing Tutorial?

This Christmas Tree drawing tutorial offers an easy way to draw the layers of a tree, without getting too bogged down with all the detailed branches. The simple sections that get wider and wider are easy to draw, and let students add shadows too, if they’d like. (Note: Another tree drawing tutorial with the more traditional branches may be found further below on this page.) The simple elements of this version, however, all add up to a Christmas tree drawing that is easy for young artists to see and learn how to draw. And the more successful that students feel with their drawing, the more likely they are to continue.

As far as the background goes for this tree drawing, why not think outside of the box, and make a tree drawing in a really unusual place? Trees in homes can be very pretty, of course, but a tree in the middle of nowhere starts to tell story. Who put it there? Is it for people who live there, or just come and visit? Who are the presents for?

When it comes to choosing a media for your Christmas tree drawing, crayons will work just fine. If you have the budget though, I recommend using some good markers, like the Stabilo brand linked in the materials list below. They make really bright color, can fill in all those small details really well, and even make nice subtle shadows when layered. An extra layer of green on the right side of the Christmas tree makes it look more dimensional, and an outline of light gray makes for a great touch with shadows.

Drawing Tip for your Snowy Background

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Here’s a tip that will keep your student’s background snow looking white and fresh. All they have to do is remember NOT draw the little circles first with a pencil or black marker. They need to stop when they’re done tracing the tree and mountains, and draw the snow outlines with the sky blue color instead. Afterwards, when they fill in the background they will have some very pretty and soft looking snow without any dark lines. It makes for a much lighter and more delicate looking sky.

Tree by Samaya, age 5

Quick Christmas Tree Video

Why Draw with Guides?

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this website have a dashed vertical line and horizontal line running through the center of each step. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow. All they need to do is fold their sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The best part is, by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will have disappeared!

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Christmas Tree Coloring Page

Warhol Christmas Tree Coloring Page

Materials for a Christmas Tree Drawing

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  • Drawing Paper. Don’t substitute it with copy paper or construction paper. The surface will get fuzzy, erasing might cause holes, and the colors will generally not look as bright.
  • Stabilo Markers. The large pack provides lots of fun color choices, several shades of each color, including a few choices for skin. The tips are perfect for coloring, and there’s even a promise that they will work after being uncapped for 8 weeks!
  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tips. Stabilo Markers. They have the best colors, the best tips, and last the longest.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers are great for making a crisp outline to your drawing. Use them when you want your outline show up, but not be so heavy that it detracts from other things.

Step by Step Directions to Draw a Christmas Tree

Time needed: 45 minutes

Tree Drawing Tutorial in nine easy steps

  1. To start the tree drawing, draw a center star and 2 tree sections.

  2. Draw 3 more sections and add a line for the snow. The trunk does not show as it’s hidden.

  3. Draw simple lines for garland decorations.

  4. Add circles for hanging decorations on your tree drawing.

  5. Draw a horizon line.

  6. Add two small trees in the background. They don’t need to have any trunks either as they are sitting in the snow.

  7. Add mountains in the back of your tree drawing

  8. Draw presents and candy in the front.

  9. Trace the shapes, color and add shadows.

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A Christmas Tree with Curved Branches Tutorial

A drawing of a Christmas Tree, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.
A Christmas Tree with curved branches, decorations and a trunk
A step by step tutorial for how to draw an easy Christmas Tree, also available as a free download.
Christmas Tree Coloring page, available as a free download.

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