Hand painted Christmas art

This craft is all about hands on and getting involved with your creative little genius. Now, we’re not going to lie this can get messy so maybe get some wipe-clean aprons out and cover your tables in old newspaper.

Whether you choose to make a Christmas wreath or a Christmas tree, all you need is a willing pair of hands – these will make fabulous gifts to family and friends. Make sure your little artist signs them!

You will need

  • Square and rectangular stretched canvasses
  • Dinner plate
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Light and dark green paint
  • Red paint
  • Paint brush
  • Star stencil
  • Silver glitter paper

How to make your hand painted Christmas wreath

Step 1 For the Christmas Wreath canvas, first lightly draw round a dinner plate in the middle of the square canvas with a pencil.

Step 2 Next, make hand prints around the circle, alternating light and dark green paints, to create a wreath shape.

Step 3 Then, add some red finger printed ‘berries’, then stamp a greeting in the middle of the wreath in black ink. Or freehand write it.

Step 4 For your very own Christmas Tree canvas, lightly draw 4 lines on a rectangular canvas, then print alternate light and dark green hands along each line to form a tree shape.

Step 5 Add some red finger printed ‘berries’, then use the template to cut out a silver glitter star and stick it to the top of the tree with glue.

Craft: Suzie Attaway

We used: 50 x 50cm Stretched Canvas, £8; 61 x 50.8cm Stretched Canvas, £9; Green and Red Ready Mixed Paint, £1 for 300ml; Art Acrylic Paint in Sap Green, £2 for 75ml; A5 Glitter Pad in Black & Silver, £2.50 for 10 sheets, all Hobbycraft (0330 026 1400 hobbycraft.co.uk). Musical Snow Globe, £15, The Contemporary Home (0870 1308229 tch.net). Stripe Giftwrap, £2 for 6m, Wilko (0845 608 0807 wilko.com). Silver Sparkle Ribbon, £5.95 for 3m, The Makery (01225 581888 the makery.co.uk).