Christmas Watercolor Painting Ideas

Published: July 15, 2022

Are you looking for inspiration for your upcoming artworks? With dazzling merriments and heartwarming vibes, Christmas checks all boxes as an ideal inspiration. It has a myriad of symbols that we’ve all grown to love, and it’s a favorite season for adults and kids.

So what are you waiting for? Grab your paper and colors, and jump into our list of 30 Christmas watercolor painting ideas!

1. Watercolor Christmas Tree

Watercolor Christmas Tree

Get your kids excited for the merry season with a simple painting of a decorated Christmas tree. You’ll only need watercolors, oil pastels, and paint brushes.

You can let your kids unleash their creativity and decorate the tree with the colors and ornaments they prefer, and we guarantee that the result will be adorable.

Get the instructions for a watercolor Christmas tree on Projects With Kids.

2. Watercolor Gift Tags

Watercolor Gift Tags

If you haven’t crafted any handmade Christmas gifts this year, you can take some time to make handmade gift tags.

This way, you’ll add a personalized, unique touch to your presents, and you’ll have fun while making them. You can customize your own design or follow a simple online tutorial instead.

Check the tutorial for watercolor gift tags on Ugly Duckling House.

3. Watercolor Candy Canes

Watercolor Candy Canes

Candy canes are an ever-lasting symbol of the merry season. You see red and white stripes and automatically hear Jingle Bells in your mind. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to paint, and you can let your kids join in on the fun.

Find out more about watercolor candy canes on Art for Kids Hub.

4. Snowman Painting

Snowman Painting

Not all people are lucky enough to get a white Christmas and build a snowman on the street, but anyone can attempt this easy snowman painting, kids or adults.

Painting it will satisfy your cravings for snowfalls, and it’ll be a heartwarming family activity that you can do with your little ones.

Learn more about the snowman painting on Housing a Forest.

5. Santa Painting

Santa Painting

Instead of waiting impatiently for Santa to come and eat the cookies, you can encourage your kids to paint him using watercolors and some creativity. And while they’re busy painting, you can sneak around and hide their Christmas gifts!

Read more about the Santa painting on Step By Step Painting.

6. Watercolor Christmas Wreath

Watercolor Christmas Wreath

Wish your kids a merry Christmas and give them this beautiful painting to finish while you prepare a heartwarming dinner.

They’ll paint a large, floral wreath using watercolors, and they can decorate it with a red bow and some glitter. After they finish, hang the watercolor paper on their room’s door to resemble a natural wreath.

Head over to My Flower Journal to learn how to paint a watercolor Christmas wreath.

7. Watercolor and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflakes

Watercolor and Oil Pastel Resist Snowflakes

Resist art breeds beautiful results, and it’s a fun technique that you can try with your kids. You’ll need watercolors, oil pastels, watercolor paper, and paint brushes. You can use the colors you prefer, but since it’s a snowflake, using blue will give it a more realistic feel.

Get the tutorial for watercolor resist snowflakes on Arty Crafty Kids.

8. The Grinch

The Grinch

The Grinch stole all of our hearts with his sarcastic comments and self-hating attitude, and he has become an irreplaceable part of Christmas in every household.

You can use him as inspiration for your upcoming watercolor art. Since the drawing part is more challenging, you can do it yourself and leave the painting part for your kids.

Check the instructions for painting the Grinch on Easy Drawing Guides.

9. Watercolor Christmas Tree Cards

Watercolor Christmas Tree Cards

Handing out handmade Christmas cards is a heartwarming tradition that you can do with minimum effort. In this project, you’ll paint trees using watercolors and decorate them with colorful Christmas ornaments.

By the time you finish, you’ll have a stack of beautiful DIY Christmas cards that you can give to friends and family.

Learn how to paint watercolor Christmas tree cards on Smiling Colors.

10. DIY Watercolor Christmas Cards

DIY Watercolor Christmas Cards

Add a cute, childish touch to this year’s gifts and encourage your kids to paint many watercolor Christmas cards. You can let them use their creativity and paint different shapes, like trees, ornaments, snowmen, and more.

Find out more about DIY watercolor Christmas cards on Projects With Kids.

11. Santa Sleigh in the Sky

Santa Sleigh in the Sky

If you’re willing to challenge your skills and try your hands at a difficult painting, here’s a perfect one. First, you’ll draw Santa’s sleigh flying high in the sky, heading toward a lucky kid’s house to drop gifts.

Then, with the moon shining in the background and snowflakes flying around, you’ll end up with a mesmerizing piece of art.

Get the tutorial for Santa sleigh in the sky painting on Step By Step Painting.

12. Reindeer Painting

Reindeer Painting

This painting is more suitable for kids than adults for how easy it is. First, your little ones will paint a cute reindeer surrounded by snowflakes and colorful background. Then, after they finish, you can hang it on their room’s wall to spread lively vibes in your house.

Learn more about the reindeer painting on Projects With Kids.

13. Christmas Wreath Card

Christmas Wreath Card

Another one of our favorite watercolor Christmas card ideas is painting a beautiful wreath. With different shades of dark and light green and colorful ornaments, you’ll have a real-looking wreath and a cute handmade Christmas card that you can give to a loved one.

Find out more about the Christmas Wreath Card on Ebb and Flow.

14. Watercolor Snow Storm Card

Watercolor Snow Storm Card

Don’t we all wish for a white holiday season where snow covers Christmas trees and families gather around heartwarming dinner tables?

You can manifest the charming magic of snowfalls by painting a snow storm watercolor Christmas card. It’ll be fun to craft with your kids, and you can make more DIY watercolor Christmas cards and give them to loved ones.

Check the tutorial for the watercolor snow storm card on Watercolor Affair.

15. Watercolor Christmas Wreath Card

Watercolor Christmas Wreath Card

If you want to set a tradition of handing out DIY Christmas cards, you can start with this picturesque Christmas wreath card.

First, you’ll paint dark and light green leaves decorated with red berries and two cardinals. Then, you can write heartwarming words and give the card to a lucky family member.

Learn how to paint a watercolor Christmas wreath card on Inkstruck.

16. Hand-Lettered Merry Card

Hand-Lettered Merry Card

Do you want to hand out beautiful and simple watercolor Christmas cards this year? If so, look no further. You can organize a fun family activity and finish this easy hand-lettered card with your kids. You can also get more easy watercolor Christmas card ideas on

Head over to Ebb and Flow to learn how to paint a hand-lettered Merry card.

17. Christmas Tree Card

Christmas Tree Card

On Christmas eve, painting a beautiful DIY Christmas card should be number one on your to-do list. Take this one, for example.

It’s easy enough for your kids to join, won’t take much time, and will get you more excited for Christmas. Not to mention, it’ll add a heartwarming touch to your gifts.

Find out more about painting the Christmas tree card on Ebb and Flow.

18. Angel Watercolor Christmas Card

Angel Watercolor Christmas Card

If you don’t want to paint conventional Christmas symbols this year, you can go with an angel silhouette card. It’s pretty easy to paint and doesn’t contain any intricate details. You won’t need more than two watercolors to finish it.

Learn how to paint an angel watercolor Christmas card on Projects With Kids.

19. Fingerprint Christmas Tree Cards

Fingerprint Christmas Tree Cards

If your kids aren’t old enough to hold a brush, you can let them join in on the fun using their fingerprints. First, encourage them to dip their fingers in bright watercolors and print them on paper. Then, you can complete the rest of the tree by adding some leaves and a brown log.

Head to The Crafty Angels to learn more about fingerprints watercolor Christmas tree cards.

20. Christmas Lights Card

Christmas Lights Card

We all know the ever-merry Christmas is around the corner when people start putting up their dazzling lights.

So, if you’re as inspired by these lights as we are, you can try this easy DIY Christmas card. You can use your creativity and make some gorgeous designs or follow the tutorial and make a festive masterpiece.

Get the instructions for the Christmas lights card on Ebb and Flow.

21. Mistletoe DIY Watercolor Christmas Cards

Mistletoe DIY Watercolor Christmas Cards

Mistletoes are beautiful plants that have long stood as a romantic Christmas symbol. This year, you can use them as inspiration for your DIY watercolor Christmas cards. They’re easy to draw, and they’ll look bright and charming on paper.

Take a look at mistletoe DIY watercolor Christmas cards on Wonder Forest.

22. Marbled Watercolor Ornaments

Marbled Watercolor Ornaments

You can grace this year’s Christmas cards with colorful watercolor ornaments. They’re suitable for beginners for how easy they are.

Also, you can test your mixing and matching skills by working with different colors. After you finish, you’ll have a beautiful stack of handmade Christmas cards ready to hand out.

Check the tutorial for marbled watercolor ornaments on Odyssey.

23. Whimsical Watercolor Christmas Tree

Whimsical Watercolor Christmas Tree

Try your hands at this easy watercolor painting and learn how to draw a whimsical Christmas tree. You can encourage your kids to join you and make it a family activity. Once you finish painting the colorful Christmas tree, you can hang the artwork in your house to add to its merry vibes.

Learn how to paint a whimsical watercolor Christmas tree on Karen Campbell Artist.

24. Vintage Santa Claus Painting

Vintage Santa Claus Painting

Although this painting is too challenging for your little ones, you can try your hands at it and see how good you are. You’ll only need watercolor paper, colors, and a dash of creativity. Then, you can let your hands glide smoothly on paper as you follow the tutorial.

Find out more about the vintage Santa Claus painting on The Art Sherpa.

25. Magic Salt and Watercolor Snowflake Art

Magic Salt and Watercolor Snowflake Art

Reward your kids over the weekend and give them this impressive magic salt and watercolor snowflake art to finish. It’ll get them in a festive mood and challenge their painting skills. Not to mention, the result will be awe-worthy enough to turn heads at your Christmas dinner.

Take a look at the magic salt and watercolor snowflake art on One Little Project.

26. Splattered Watercolor Christmas Tree

Splattered Watercolor Christmas Tree

Christmas trees are the most loveable symbol of the merry season, and as a bonus point, they’re pretty easy to paint. That’s why this project is the perfect one to get your kids excited for Christmas. It’ll keep them distracted and give you a few moments of peace for yourself.

Get the tutorial for the splattered watercolor Christmas tree on The Odyssey.

27. Watercolor Ornaments

Watercolor Ornaments

Decorate your handmade Christmas cards this year with cute watercolor ornaments. They’re easy to paint and will add to the festive aesthetic of your cards.

And since they’re so easy to paint, you can let your kids have a go at them. Finally, add loving messages inside the cards, and hand them out to your loved ones.

Find out more about watercolor ornaments on Scyap.

28. Christmas Scenery Card

If you have some spare time on your hands, you can give this challenging Christmas scenery card a try.

You’ll draw a house lit by dazzling Christmas lights and surrounded by snow. After you finish, you can either keep the painting as a heartwarming memory or give it to a loved one.

Take a look at the Christmas scenery card on Instructables.

29. Loose Watercolor Cardinal Bird Painting

Cardinal birds have long served as Christmas symbols with their bright red feathers and captivating beauty. You can use them as inspiration for your upcoming watercolor painting. You’ll only need a pencil and some colors, and you’re good to go.

Get the tutorial for the loose watercolor cardinal bird painting on Michele Clamp Art.

30. Christmas Tree Watercolor Card

Our last idea includes painting a colorful Christmas tree card to hand out to a loved one. Since the painting is pretty easy, you can craft multiple Christmas cards and let your kids join you in making them.

Find out more about the Christmas tree watercolor card on Projects With Kids.

Now that you have many Christmas painting ideas to try with your kids, you can have a merry and heartwarming holiday season!



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