Here’s a quick Christmas art project for kids: Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art! The kids always love how these turn out and can’t wait to make them again and again!
*This post was originally published on November 18, 2013 and has since been updated.
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Have you ever invited your child to use stencils? It’s such fun way for kids to create!
This was Lucy’s first time exploring stencils with colored chalk and she had a blast! It’s always so fun to see how excited kids get when they remove their stencil and see the brilliant outline left behind. Lucy was ecstatic and played around with this technique for quite a while. This post contains affiliate links.
How to Make Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art
Materials for Christmas Art
- Thick paper like card stock or file folders. You can even used old pieces of cardboard from cereal boxes!
- Scissors and a pencil
- Cotton balls
- Colored chalk
- Black construction paper
- Silver Sharpie marker
Directions for Christmas Art
1. Fold a piece of your thick cardboard in half and draw half of a lightbulb shape (with the center of the lightbulb going down the fold).
Cut it out. This is what you will use for your stencil. (You can even save the paper you cut from around the shape to use as a stencil for future art projects!)
2. Use your silver Sharpie to draw a wire for the Christmas lights on a piece of black construction paper. Draw the base of each lightbulb where you’ll be placing the stencil.
3. Place your stencil on top of the first base and outline it with a piece of colored chalk.
4. Still holding the stencil in place, use a cotton ball to brush the chalk away from the stencil. Do this all the way around the lightbulb stencil.
5. Remove your stencil and admire your brilliant lightbulb! Continue using different colored chalk for each lightbulb down the wire.
6. Hang your finished artwork up to decorate for the holidays!
You really can use this technique for all kinds of artwork and learning. Try out different colors of paper for the background or experiment with mixing and blending the chalk. You can even overlap the stencils to create some interesting designs!
We have a little drawer on our art table where we keep stencils we’ve made which is accessible to the kids whenever they’d like to use them. I’m thinking we’ll be trying out this technique with some of our other stencils and seeing what neat designs we can create next with chalk!