Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art for Kids

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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Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art for Kids


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

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).

draw on 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.

Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy


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.

Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy


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!

Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art for Kids


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!

Christmas Light Chalk Stencil Art for Kids

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  1. LOVE this! The pictures look so cool and what a fun technique for the kids to try.

  2. Holly Jones says:

    Love this one too! Think we’ll try it out this week. Thanks again for the inspiration!

  3. Oh these are beautiful! What a fun idea!

  4. OB. SESSED. This is so cool, Chelsey!

  5. I love this! please share on Artsy Play Wednesday (live tonight at midnight EST). I will share your post on my FB page too. That is such a great idea and really jumps off the page!

  6. I love this art activity, I’ll have my daughter give it a try!

  7. This is so creative! Thank you for sharing on our Facebook page! Pinned!

  8. Such a great idea thank you for sharing, pinning this….Now following you
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  9. Kathy Dunnigan says:

    I have done something similiar on tee shirts…take the stencil and trace some onto contact paper…cut out stencil…remove adhesive backing and apply to shirt…with fabric paint and a sponge brush, lightly brush over the stencil creating an outline…when dry, remove the stencil and connect the bulbs with a sharpie (or sew a running stitch connecting them). I (and my kids) have used different colored paints for different colored bulbs). We have also used the empty part of the stencil to color the bulbs and then put the stencil over it when dry to highlight the bulbs with gold or silver. Done this with snowflake stencils too.

  10. What a fun project!! I love how they came out!!

  11. What a bright idea! : ) thx for linking it up at the Thoughtful Spot!

  12. My boys don’t love crafts, but they did like this project!

  13. Question: I am trying to find crafts that are not messy that kids can do while in recital dance costumes. Is this super messy? Or should I look for something else?

    • Hi Jennifer! This is a super fun project, but I would probably not do it in the recital costumes. The chalk dust could get on them. I know I’m super particular when Lucy’s in her dance costume waiting to perform! 🙂 There’s lots of ideas you could check out on my Christmas Pinterest board that aren’t messy!

      • Thank you so much!!! I have no idea what I am going to do with these kids to keep them busy for 3 hours. I will check out your pinterest board though.


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