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

Below you’ll find an easy step-by-step tutorial for how to draw a Christmas Tree and Christmas Tree Coloring Pages. Why not mix things up and put it in a really fun place, like a snowy mountain?

Christmas Tree Drawing

If Christmas is a magical time of the year, then why not think outside of the box, and learn how to draw a Christmas tree 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?

This tutorial offers an easy way to draw the layers of a Christmas tree, without getting too bogged down with all the branches. The simple sections that get wider and wider are easy to draw, and let students add shadows too, if they’d like. It all adds up to a tree that doesn’t look so flat, which is what happens when only the outline is drawn.

Lastly, when it comes to coloring your drawing, here’s a tip that will keep your student’s snow looking white and fresh. All they have to do is remember NOT draw the little circles first with a black marker. They need to stop when they’re done tracing the tree and mountains, and draw the snow circles 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 black outlines. It makes for a much lighter and more delicate looking sky.

Getting Started with Drawing Guides

The best way to get students off to a good start to any drawing lesson is to show them how to use guides as a reference point.

You may have noticed that all of the tutorials on this site have a dashed line running through the center of each step, in both horizontal and vertical directions. If students make their own centered lines on their own paper, before drawing, they will have an easy reference to follow.

Drawing skills are all about getting the size and placement of lines on paper, so having some visual reference point to get started, will always help anyone learn how to be a little more accurate.

So does that mean students need to get out a ruler to draw a big fat line down the center of their paper before they start? Goodness no, please don’t! That will most likely be hard to erase and distract from any finished art. No, simply fold the sheet of paper in half both ways, make a crease, and unfold. The beauty is that by the time the drawing is done and colored in, the creases will disappear.

And now, on to the Christmas Tree drawing project.

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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.
  • 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 make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them in areas with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath for table protection.
  • 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!

Step by Step Directions for to Draw a Christmas Tree

Time needed: 9 days and 1 hour.

Draw a Christmas Tree in 9 Easy Steps

  1. Draw a center star and 2 tree sections.

  2. Draw 3 more sections and add a line for the snow.

  3. Draw lines for the lights.

  4. Add circles for decorations on the tree.

  5. Draw a horizon line.

  6. Add two small trees in the background.

  7. Add mountains in the back.

  8. Draw presents and candy in the front.

  9. Trace, color and add shadows.

Another Christmas Tree Tutorial

A drawing of a Christmas Tree, made with the help of an easy step by step tutorial.
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.

Student Drawings

By Samaya, age 5

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