Painted Winter Trees – with Glitter!

Tonight, me and my husband M put up all of our Christmas decorations, inside and out. Of course, I needed to add something new. To be honest, I’ll be adding a few new decorations this year. After all, what’s Christmas without a little DIY??  The tricky thing is deciding what to make. This week I was in a painting mood and this is what I came up with.


The best part of this piece is the glitter. When light hits the boards, it looks like the trees have tiny twinkle lights all over them. It was difficult to photograph but trust me, it is so Christmassy and it makes the painting come alive. You could easily do this painting on canvas too, just paint the background a blue for sky.


What You’ll Need:

  • Three wood boards
  • Acrylic paint in white, blue and light and dark green
  • Flat tipped paint brush
  • Pointed tip paint brush
  • Foam brush
  • Modge Podge or white glue
  • White/Translucent glitter
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Pencil


Draw out your design in pencil before you begin painting. Sketch out some snow banks and where you want to put the trees. Remember if you are using wood boards that they will overlap on each side.


Paint the snow banks in with white paint.


Paint the trees. Start with the light green paint. Make a thin line as the centre of your tree. Start adding the tree branches by tapping the flat tipped brush onto the board. Be sure to tap the brush in different directions to vary the shape of the branches. Make the trees wider at the bottom and thinner as you get to the top.



Go over the light green paint with the dark green to add dimension to the trees.


Use the same dabbing technique with the white paint to add snow to the trees. Don’t cover all the green paint, leave some showing around the snow.


Use the blue paint to add some shadows under the trees. To get a soft look to the shadows, use water to thin the blue paint. Don’t be afraid to go over the blue with some water and white paint if the blue is too dark or strong.

It’s Glitter Time!!!


Add some Modge Podge or white glue with the sponge on top of the snow on the trees. Dab glitter onto the wet glue. Be sure to be generous with the glitter!


Using the point tip brush make dots in the background for snowflakes.


Glue the wood boards together with the hot glue.


Your Winter Tree Glitter Landscape is done! We hope you enjoyed our first tutorial of the Christmas season. If you can’t wait until our next one, have a look at this throwback: DIY First Home Gingerbread Ornament.

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