How to draw a Christmas tree

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How to draw a Christmas tree
Drawing a Christmas tree can cause difficulty for some. (Martin Poole/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Drawing a Christmas tree is fun and easy to do. Knowing how to draw one can serve as a family activity, a way of decorating homemade Christmas cards during the festive period or just something to do in your spare time. Christmas tree designs are essentially geometrical shapes that are given detail and decoration once you have sketched the outline, so it is simple for artists of any age to draw the perfect Christmas tree.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Plain white paper
  • A pencil
  • A black pen or felt tip
  • Colouring implements (crayons, colouring pencils, felt tips or paint)
  • Ruler (optional)

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Instructions

    Instructions

  1. 1

    At the top of your sheet, use a pencil to sketch an upside down cone shape with a curved bottom. Alternatively, you can draw an upside down “V” then cover the opening of it by drawing a zig zag line from point to point. It does not matter if it is not perfect as this is just an outline that will be defined later.

  2. 2

    Add three more cones beneath the first cone. Each one has to connect slightly overlaid to the last and each has to be slightly bigger than the cone it follows. The aim is to get the entire stack of cones to resemble one frill-edged triangle.

  3. 3

    Draw the tree trunk at the bottom of your cones. It can be a simple connected box shape or two lines trailing from the centre of the last cone that are attached to one another by a third curved line.

  4. 4

    Add a horizontal line at the base for a Christmas tree blanket. Depending on the viewing perspective of your tree, you may need to draw an ovular circle at the base instead representing a view from a slightly higher angle.

  5. 5

    Add zig zag lines following the base line of your cones if you have not already done so.

  6. 6

    Sketch your garland, ribbon and baubles. The garland or ribbon wraps around the tree in a spiralling fashion. Starting from the top, draw a snake-like object going across each of your cones at a 25 degree angle. Round the edges of your objects off to make them appear to be disappearing around the back of the tree.

  7. 7

    Create baubles by drawing circles evenly spread across your tree, then adding a rectangle connected to the top of each circle to represent the attachment. Try not to be identical with the attachment by placing it directly at the top of the circles. Drawing the rectangles attached slightly to the left or right of the circles will create a realistic look of the baubles slanting in many directions.

  8. 8

    Draw a star on top of the tree. The easiest way to do this is to sketch a triangle at the top and an upside down triangle intersecting it.

  9. 9

    Define your completed outline with a black pen or felt tip. Use a pencil eraser to rub out any sketch marks leaving you with just the bold finish.

  10. 10

    Chose a colour scheme and colour the drawing using crayon, colouring pencil, felt tip pen or paint. Remember that the tree, garland and baubles must be different colours so that they stand out.

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