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How to Draw an Easy Christmas Tree

Learn how to draw an easy Christmas Tree with a step by step tutorial. Try adding the branches in layers to get this pretty look.

How to Draw an Easy Christmas Tree
Easy Christmas Tree drawing

Almost everyone starts off drawing a Christmas tree, or any evergreen tree, as a cone. Perhaps more than any other tree, they obviously have their pointy branches on top, and wide, spread out ones on the bottom.

The basic cone shape is easy to see, but what happens when students want to make the branches look a little more defined? Without getting lost in the details?

This tutorial shows students how to think of those branches in layers, with each progressive one getting a little wider the further down the tree they are. The wavy zig-zag shapes on the bottom of each layer allow for some randomness, but there is still an overall cone shape to follow when drawing.

Note: Remind students that the very first step in the tutorial should be drawn super light. It’s the guide for the overall shape of the tree, and meant to be erased when the drawing is done. Experience has taught me that drawing lightly doesn’t come naturally to most, so they need to be sure to stop and read about that step before actually doing it.

Preview of the step by step Easy Christmas Tree tutorial

How to Draw an Easy Christmas Tree


  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • 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 with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.


Time needed: 35 minutes.

How to Draw an Easy Christmas Tree

  1. LIGHTLY draw a cone shape.

  2. Draw the star at the top.

  3. Add the first tree section below.

  4. Draw two more layers below.

  5. Draw two more layers below.

  6. Draw two more layers below.

  7. Add decorations.

  8. Erase the cone, add a background.

  9. Trace with marker and color.

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