Watercolor Resist Christmas Trees

Very simple, very effective - create Christmas tree snow scene pictures by painting rubber cement onto watercolor paper in the shape of a Christmas Tree and painting.

Watercolor Resist Christmas Trees

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration 1 hour
Age 5+
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  • Rubber Cement
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Watercolor Paper


    1. Paint the outline of a Christmas Tree onto watercolor paper using Rubber Cement. Make sure that there are no gaps in the lines.
    2. Add dots of rubber cement in the background around the tree to make a snow storm
    3. Once the rubber cement is dry (after several hours), paint the tree and the background with watercolor paints
    4. When the paint is dry, use your finger to remove the rubber cement by rubbing gently


    1. WARNING: ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED: Never allow children to use rubber cement without adult supervision. The fumes from the liquid Rubber Cement are toxic making this an inappropriate project for very young children. For Kindergartners and above, be sure to use in a very well ventilated area and only for short period of times. The product is flammable so do not use near open flames. If the glue accidentally comes in contact with your eyes, flush with water for at least 15 minutes. If you suspect the chemical has been swallowed, call Poison Control immediately. Do not attempt to induce vomiting without first seeking medical advice.
    2. You will need mineral spirits to clean rubber cement from paintbrushes. Alternatively, use old paintbrushes and dispose of them once the project is complete.
    3. If you spill any rubber cement, do not try to remove with water. Simply wait for it to dry and then rub off with your finger.


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    Useful supplies

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    Crayola 24 Ct Washable Watercolors Easy to Clean Up, 24 Bright Washable Watercolor Paints, 1 Paintbrush, Ages 3+
    Crayola 24 Ct Washable Watercolors Easy to Clean Up
    Elmer's Rubber Cement, No-Wrinkle, 8 Ounces
    Elmer's Rubber Cement
    Strathmore (360-9 300 Series Watercolor Pad, Cold Press, 9"x12"

    Related Books

    - our picks from Amazon for this project:
    Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect
    Why Christmas Trees Aren't Perfect
    Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
    Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
    The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story (Picture Puffin Books)
    The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: An Appalachian Story
    The Lonely Christmas Tree (Illustrated)
    The Lonely Christmas Tree

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