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Finger Painting Project : Christmas Tree

Updated on October 18, 2013

This is a nice project to make in December. Even small kids will enjoy painting this Christmas tree with their hands. Older children can make the decorations more sophisticated.

This Christmas Finger Paint Project is sure to be a success!

Supplies you'll need:

  • recycled styrofoam trays
  • finger paint (brown, green, yellow, orange, red, blue, purple, etc.)
  • white paper
  • and, to clean the hands: bucket, water and soap

Pour some brown paint in the tray and press your hand in the paint.

Then press your hand on a sheet of paper with your fingers pointing towards the edge of the paper. Preferably, keep your fingers apart to form the roots of the tree.

Pour some green paint in the tray, dip your hand in the green paint and make handprints to form the tree.
Work in a fan movement upwards and always have your fingers spread open, pointing outward.

Put several colours such as yellow, red, orange, blue, purple, etc.. on another syrofoam tray to paint the lights of the Christmas tree.
Dip the tip of a finger in paint and tap the colour around the tree to decorate it with lights and continue with different colours.

When the paint is dry, you can use white glue and glitter to add garlands.

You can also add a star made of glitter on top of the tree if you want.

Every tree will be different. This is what mine looked like:


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    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Joanna :-) Very kind of you! I have another Christmas project that I will add to this project (I will change the title obviously) and it's also done with the finger painting technique. It's great for the kids to use their hands as brushes when they are young... and it gives a souvenir of those tiny hands :-)

      God be with you too and have a wonderful day!

      PS : When I read your "God be with you", I had the song who popped in my head. We finish with that song when our choir gives a concert in a nursing home. It's a lovely song.

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      Joanna Chandler 

      5 years ago from On Planet Earth

      This idea is mouth opening Joelle. Very lovely and you know the idea of making a Christmas tree with our hands is unusual but very creative in your hub.

      Thanks for sharing

      ~~~God be with you~~~


    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much, Crafty :-) I intend to add another finger painting idea at this hub probably in December because this article is a little bit to light ;-)

      Thanks again for your visit and always kind and positive comments :-)

      Enjoy your day!

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      5 years ago

      Another awesome idea! My son did a turkey in school one year, out of cut-out handprints. But I hadn't heard of the Christmas tree idea. So cute and fun.

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Joanne! With young kids, hands are a really useful tools to use as paint brushes because it's not easy for them to hold a brush properly yet.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 

      6 years ago

      Oh, I love this. What a fun and educational craft. It looks so easy to do and may be something I could even create :) Great hub. Voted Up and shared.

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comment!

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      6 years ago

      Very useful and kids will surely enjoy this activity! :-)

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you! I must say both my kids were not to much in visual art :-( But finger painting was the best :-) Growing up they were playing music (flute and violin).

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      6 years ago from Kolkata, India

      Joelle, that's just wonderful. Easy and yet beautiful, I am sure such a craft project would captivate any kid from 3-11. Your child must be quite smart to pull it off at age 2, but even if they are not able to deliver a clean show piece, they will definitely get immensely invigorated by the exercise. Voted up and sharing too.

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your vote and yes, I hope that it can help parents and educators!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub and so well explained and easy to do, will keep kids entertained for hours . Well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you ishwaryaa22 (sorry, I don't know your name) for your visit and your kind words. I try to find ideas with different levels of difficulties to help parents and educators with kids of different age groups. I did a Christmas tree like this one sith one of my sons when he was about two years old and he won the contest :-) May be it was the simplicity of it and it was certain it was his little hands!

    • kidscrafts profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much for your kind comment Shampa and your votes!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      A wonderful & easy-to-follow tutorial with direct instructions & helpful photos. Your creation is very pretty! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & pinned

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      Shampa Sadhya 

      6 years ago from NEW DELHI, INDIA

      Voted up beautiful and interesting!

      The idea is not only easy and interesting but also very innovative. Good one! Sharing and pinning.


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