I can’t wait to share our O Holy Night Christmas art project with you today!
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This mixed media Christmas art was an easy and pretty quick project, but it’s one of my favorites we’ve done. We worked on them off and on one morning and both of my kids — a five year-old and ten year-old — made them with no problems at all.
O Holy Night Christmas Art
Think your kids would enjoy this project? Here are the supplies you’ll need in order to start:
- Canvas panels or stretched canvas
- Acrylic craft paint (We used red, green, black, and silver glitter paint)
- Mod Podge
- Foam sponge brushes
- Scrapbook paper
- Paint pens (We used white and gold)
Once you’ve gathered the supplies, you can round up your kiddos and get started on this fun project.
O Holy Night – Step 1
The first step in this project was an easy one. My kids chose a “Christmasy” paint color and covered the entire surface of the canvas with it. When that layer of paint was nearly dry, I showed them how to dab the tips of their sponge brushes in the black paint and use it to make random thin stripes on the canvas.
Both of my kids went a little overboard with their black stripes, but it was easy to correct. When the stripes were nearly dry, they went back and covered some of their black with their original colors. That easy fix allowed them to keep the dimension added by the stripes without losing the festive feel of their projects.
O Holy Night – Step 2
As their backgrounds dried, I had my kids go through our scrapbook paper box and choose a coordinating pattern to use for their stars. Then we drew stars on the backs of the chosen papers and cut them out.
When our surface was dry again, they used white paint pens to write out a lyric from O Holy Night. My daughter and I kept it simple by writing “the weary world rejoices,” while my son wrote those words and the line that follows.
Also worth noting, the writing on my project is much thicker than theirs because I wrote using white paint and a paintbrush. I used the gold paint pen as an accent on my letters when my white paint dried, but that’s all. This is certainly an option for kids, especially if there are no paint pens on hand, but my kids do much better using paint pens for their writing.
O Holy Night – Step 3
They added their scrapbook paper stars to the canvases when they finished with their lyrics. They did this by painting the upper right corners of their canvases with Mod Podge.
After they applied the Mod Podge, they carefully arranged their stars on the canvas and gently pressed them down on the surface. At this point, they took a break and allowed the Mod Podge under the stars to dry.
O Holy Night – Step 4
They used paint pens to add accents to their projects when the canvases were dry again. There’s a lot of room for creative freedom in this step, but I encouraged them to keep it simple and add accents only to bring attention to their stars.
They also outlined the stars with their paint pens in this step. It’s not necessary, but this step certainly helps them pop a bit.
O Holy Night – Step 5
Our last step of the project required more painting and waiting. This was where both kids added some silver glitter paint in their blank areas and also used it to add some sparkle to their stars.
When the glitter paint dried, we sealed the project by adding one last layer of Mod Podge to the entire surface. After the Mod Podge dried, we displayed these beauties with our other mixed media Christmas projects and have been enjoying them ever since.
Looking for more Christmas art ideas for your kids? Don’t miss the others in my Mixed Media Christmas Art series:
You’ll also want to check out the Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Workshop from Masterpiece Society. We’ve had a wonderful time exploring mixed media through this workshop and know that you will, too!
You can learn more about the workshop by clicking the image above or by reading my Winter Wonderland review. Either way, you don’t want to miss it!