Marbled Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

This marbled Christmas tree craft for kids was a huge hit with my six-year-old daughter! We started by marbling paper and then used the results to create our own marbled Christmas trees. 

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This was our first experience marbling paper, and we will for sure be doing it again. I think this is the most absorbed I’ve seen Lucy in an art project in a long time, and it was so easy to do! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Marbled Christmas Tree Craft for Kids

Materials for Christmas Tree Craft

Directions for Christmas Tree Craft

1. Start by preparing your paints. Place some acrylic paint into a small container and add about a tablespoon of water and mix. (We used different shades of green for our trees.) 

acrylic paints for marbling paper

2. Next you’ll want to set up your work area. This project can get a bit messy so we covered our table with our art mat and some newspaper.

To create our drying area, we placed an old tablecloth onto the floor, placed old newspaper on top, and then some sheets of wax paper. (The wax paper is important because once the starch dries you can peel it off. If you let your paper dry on just newspaper, the starch will adhere to it, and you won’t be able to get it off. It’s like glue.)

3. Pour a layer of liquid starch into your cookie sheet. (Our layer was about 1/4 inch deep.)

pour a layer of liquid starch into the cookie sheet

4. Use your paintbrush to drop paint drops all over your liquid starch layer. 

scatter drops of paint over the layer of starch

scatter drops of paint over the layer of starch

5. Drag the pointy end of your paintbrush through the layer of starch and paint. (We went up and down and then from left to right.)

drag the pointy end of your paintbrush through the paint and starch

6. Set your brush aside and pick up your piece of paper. Place it gently on top of the paint layer in your tray.

gently place the paper on the tray

7. Carefully remove the paper and place it on your wax paper to dry.

remove the marbled paper

8. You can leave the same starch in the tray for each additional sheet of paper you marble. Just add more drops of paint and drag your brush through them to create the marbling pattern like before.

9. After you paper has completely dried, you can cut it into a triangle shape to make your Christmas tree.

cut your paper into a triangle to make a Christmas tree shape

10. Add a brown trunk and you’re done! You could also add embellishments to it like sequins, paper circles, or balled up tissue paper squares.

add a brown trunk to your marbled Christmas tree craft for kids

I love how the starch really stiffens the paper. We hung our trees around the house, but because they’re so stiff, you could also punch a hole through the top, tie some string through the hole, and use them as ornaments!


 – We started out marbling white paper, but then loved experimenting with how paint looked on green construction paper. Try out different combinations of paint colors and paper colors and see what results you get!

– To help our papers dry more quickly, we put them outside in the sun.


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  1. Very pretty!

  2. Laura at Mommy Maleta says:

    This looks so fun! Thx for linking it up at the Thoughtful Spot!

  3. Wow! These are stunning, we’ll definitely be giving these a try – thanks so much for sharing! #LinkandLearn

  4. Seriously momma? I had no idea this sta-flo stuff could be so much fun! I’m so excited that we’ve finally received our first bottle ever in Canada via😍😄


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