I had seen this chalk Christmas light art for kids pop up everywhere each holiday season and had to finally try it myself. Guess what? IT IS AWESOME! You’ve got to try this, too.
I give chalk Christmas light art a 10/10
The first time I saw Buggy and Buddy share this activity, my eyeballs filled with hearts.
I was this emoji: 😍
After I finally tried it, I looked like this: 😍😍😍😍😍
This is an adorable Christmas craft for kids of all ages, and the easy technique makes these look like they’re actually glowing.
Related: We love decorating a GIANT Christmas coloring banner every year (kids LOVE these)
Chalk Christmas light art is going into annual rotation
I am a big fan of chalk art with kids and love finding new ways to add chalk into holiday projects.
Chalk stencils are easy to make, fun to use, and take just seconds to create.
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- Chalk – chalkboard chalk and sidewalk chalk work great
- Black paper – I cut mine in half to make it long
- Small scrap of thick paper – ex: cardstock or cardboard
- White drawing material – I think oil pastels work best, but crayons and colored pencils work well, too
First, cut out a lightbulb shape from your small scrap of thick paper.
Draw a white curvy line on your black paper for the string connecting the lights.
Draw small rectangles along the light string for the metal part of the Christmas lights, connecting them to the string (ensuring there’s plenty of space between each lightbulb).
Next, add a small piece of tape to the back of the lightbulb and set it above your first white rectangle.
Use chalk to draw all around the edge of the lightbulb, making sure to press hard and get lots of color.
Once you have enough chalk, use your finger to spread the chalk outward.
Last, lift the lightbulb paper to reveal your glowing Christmas light!
Repeat down the line (you can use the same stencil the whole time, with the option to wipe it off between colors).
How do you draw a Christmas lightbulb?
Use this shape as a reference if you’d like.
As always, don’t worry about making it perfect.
In fact, I would even have my preschoolers each draw their own lightbulbs, too.
As in real life, Christmas lights come in all different shapes and sizes, and seeing the shapes kids make would add an extra layer of adorableness.
What to do with your Chalk Christmas light art
Your final pieces will be beautiful enough to be displayed as is.
This technique would also make for adorable handmade Christmas cards.
Buggy and Buddy also suggested trying this on white paper (and other paper colors), which would be such a fun comparison for kids, too!
Any that can safely use the materials! We do this type of art with our 3-6 year old preschoolers and older.
A quick spritz with hairspray will keep your chalk locked in place.
Yes! You can use any type of drawing material that smears when rubbed.