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Fun Christmas Art Projects for Teens

by Penelope Longfellow, studioD

While a teenager's sense of childlike wonder toward Christmas might be somewhat dispelled, she can continue to enjoy the holiday season through activities like art projects. Couple your teen's creative interests with traditional holiday materials, such as greeting cards and wrapping paper, to create Christmas art. When completed, she can keep the art for display, or give it to a family or friend in the form of a handmade gift.

Christmas Card Art

Upcycle old Christmas cards into art with your teen. Choose a simple holiday silhouette, such as a tree, an ornament or an angel for your art. Sketch the shape onto card stock so that it is no larger than a greeting card and cut out the shape to create a stencil. Place the stencil over the greeting card and hold it into place while you trace the shape with a pencil. Cut out the shape and, using craft glue, mount it onto a plain backdrop. Repeat the process as many times as desired to complete the art project, placing fewer silhouettes for a minimalist effect, or several silhouettes for a busier look.

Christmas Past Collage

Encourage your teen to celebrate family history with a photo collage of Christmases past. Purchase a blank canvas of any size and arrange your chosen prints onto the canvas to decide their placement. Set the photos aside. Cut Christmas wrapping paper into small pieces of any shape, enough to fully cover the canvas surface. Working in small sections, apply a thin coat of decoupage glue with a paintbrush onto the canvas and lay the pieces of wrapping paper over the glue, smoothing each piece before placing the next. Overlap the pieces to fully cover the canvas, and apply a topcoat of decoupage glue when complete. Allow the glue to dry overnight. Glue the family photos into your planned arrangement using craft glue or a hot glue gun. Allow the glue to dry completely before displaying the artwork.

String Ornaments With Sparkle

Create ornaments for the Christmas tree with your teen using small balloons, twine and glitter. Inflate several balloons into a round or teardrop shape. Brush the surface of each balloon with a thin coat of decoupage glue. Wind twine of a single color around each balloon, leaving some balloon surface showing through. Apply a second layer of decoupage glue over the string and roll the balloon into a plate of glitter. Allow the glue to dry completely before popping and removing the balloon to create the string ornament. Thread a thin ribbon through the top of the ornament before hanging on the tree.

Illustrated Hot Cocoa Mug

Provide your artistic teen with a blank slate in the form of a mug for hot cocoa and other holiday beverages. Use indelible markers in red, green and other colors, as desired, to draw a Christmas scene or write a holiday message onto a plain, white ceramic mug. Amend mistakes with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. When the image has been completed to the teen's satisfaction, bake the mug at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Allow the mug to cool completely and wash before use.

About the Author

Penelope Longfellow has been writing professionally since 2001. She holds a graduate certificate in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Longfellow's work has appeared at Change.org and in "Cape Fear Parent" magazine.

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