Christmas

Painted Holiday Trees – With Glitter Twinkle Lights

Now is the time to start putting up Christmas decorations, both inside and outside the house. Of course, we feel that every year needs a new addition. Who are we kidding, it’ll be more than one new addition, lol. After all, what’s Christmas without a little DIY??  The tricky thing is deciding what to make, so we’re here to bring you inspiration. This week we’re breaking out our paints for this naturally beautiful winter scene, with glitter as the cherry on top, which shimmers and shines to create the illusion of tiny glitter twinkle lights. We know glitter can be messy, but we promise, adding it is 100% worth it.

Painted holiday trees with glitter twinkle lights on wood planks by Champagne and Sugarplums
What You’ll Need:
  • Three wood boards or canvas
  • Acrylic paint in white, blue and light and dark green
  • Flat tipped paint brush
  • Pointed tip paint brush
  • Foam brush
  • Mod Podge or white glue
  • White/Translucent glitter
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Pencil
Painting a snow bank onto a wood plank by Champagne and Sugarplums

Sketch out a basic outline of the trees and snow, then start by painting the snow banks in with white paint.

Painting green branches onto wood planks by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint in the trees, starting with light green paint. Make a thin line as the centre of your tree and then add tree branches by tapping the flat tipped brush onto the board. Be sure to tap the brush in different directions to vary the shapes and make the trees wider at the bottoms, thinning out as you get to the top.

Painting dark green over light green trees by Champagne and Sugarplums

Paint over the light green paint with dark green to add dimension to the trees.

Adding white paint as snow onto trees by Champagne and Sugarplums

Use the same dabbing technique with the white paint to add snow.

Shadowing snow under trees with blue paint by Champagne and Sugarplums

Use blue paint to add shadows under the trees. To achieve a softer look, use water to thin the blue paint a little bit. Don’t be afraid to go over the blue with some water and white paint if the blue is too dark or too strong.

Adding glitter twinkle lights to trees by Champagne and Sugarplums

Add some Mod Podge or white glue with the sponge on top of the snow on the trees. Dab glitter onto the wet glue, don’t be afraid to be generous with the glitter!

Painting snowflakes onto a wood planks around trees by Champagne and Sugarplums

Using the point tip brush make dots in the background for snowflakes.

Painted holiday trees with glitter twinkle lights on wood planks on a dark background by Champagne and Sugarplums
Painted holiday trees with glitter twinkle lights on wood planks in a window by Champagne and Sugarplums

The glitter twinkle lights are ready to be added to your holiday decorations or given away as a gift, happy crafting!

For more Christmas decoration ideas check out our Gilded Ornament Stocking Holders and our Pretty Pearl Snowflake Pillow.