Making Christmas crafts with my students and my own personal kids, is one of my favorite activities to do around the holidays. I have so many adorable paintings and crafts my kids have made throughout the years and proudly display them come the holly jolly season. Of course, my oldest boys are now 14 and 10 and even though they may be ’embarrassed’, I think they are secretly still proud of their creations. We have especially loved this easy fork painting method for creating works of art.

Paint, you say! Paint is so messy! Guess what? However, it doesn’t have to be. With this tutorial, we can save you the trouble of cleaning paint brushes and little fingers by using an even easier (and disposable) tool. A simple plastic fork! What a creative way to have so much fun with different textures of paint!

– Life Over C's green fork painted christmas tree craft for kids

Recommended Grade Level:

Christmas Tree Fork Painting Craft Supplies:

  • Paper Plate
  • Green craft paint
  • Plastic fork
  • Brown marker
  • Pom pom (yellow or white)
  • Confetti
  • Glue
  • White cardstock paper
  • Paper towels (for clean up)

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What is Fork Painting?

kids of all ages will love fork painting

ACTUALLY IT’S PRETTY MUCH SELF EXPLANATORY. NO BRUSHES, FINGERS, OR A SPOON REQUIRED.

This inexpensive way of adding a textured flare to painting will have all of your Instagram and Facebook friends jealous.

Fork painting involves dipping the prongs into paint and pressing the plastic against paper or canvas to create lines and in this case the visual of a textured pine tree. Using a variety of painting techniques helps kids to explore art beyond the basic functionalities of a typical paint brush.

This process art could be used this time of year to create memorable gifts or finishing up a study on trees.

– Life Over C's completed Christmas tree fork painting

What are the benefits of fork painting?

What skills are developed in children that paint?

  • Fine motor skills are used when using fingers to hold and press the fork to the paper.
  • Hand-eye coordination is developed when figuring out where the next prong mark should go.
  • Creative thinking and problem solving skills can be used to figure out how you want your tree to look.
  • Painting and using your hands with sensory activities can be a great form of self expression.

You can use vocabulary and ask higher order thinking questions to children while they are creating. For example:

  • What tool do you think you could use to make curves or circles on the paper?
  • What other plants, animals, or objects could we paint using our fork?
  • Tell me about your tree and what it can be used for.
– Life Over C's supplies for a fork painting christmas tree: white paper plate, pom poms, brown marker, green paint, plastic fork, circle confetti

Supplies Needed To Make The Fork Painting Christmas Tree

The following supplies are needed to create the fork painting, however substitutions can always be used.

  • Paper Plate
  • Green craft paint
  • Plastic fork
  • Brown marker
  • Pom pom (yellow or white)
  • Confetti
  • Glue
  • White cardstock paper

How To Make A Fork Painted Christmas Tree

Step One:

First, position the cardstock paper vertically. Draw a Christmas tree trunk with the brown marker at the bottom of the cardstock paper. A black sharpie can also be used if you don’t have a brown marker.

– Life Over C's brown marker and drawing of a pine tree base on white paper

Step Two:

Pour a small amount of green paint on the center of the paper plate. Washable paint is preferred but acrylic paint can also be used.

Now, dip the fork into the green paint and make sure you cover the bottom portion of the fork completely.

– Life Over C's Fork dipped in green paint on a white paper plate

Step Three:

A good starting point for painting is at the bottom of the tree. Press the fork down onto the paper and gently roll the fork back and forth to get a good fork print. Continue this process for the bottom of the tree.

Repeat this process, working your way up the tree, using the points of the fork facing down to represent the branches of the tree. Angle your fork in different ways to create the shape of a Christmas tree. Finish out the Christmas tree shape all the way to the top.

Set aside to dry.

– Life Over C's Using a simple plastic fork to paint the bottom of a Christmas tree on white paper

Step Four:

Once dry, glue a pom pom to the top of the tree to represent the star. 

Next, glue dots around the Christmas tree. Place a piece of confetti on the glue dots. Then, the last step of this fork painting project is to simply set the painted piece of paper aside to dry.

Finally, display those beautiful works of art!

– Life Over C's Christmas tree fork painting with green paint and circle confetti

FORK CHRISTMAS TREE PAINTING FAQS

Why is sensory painting important?

Sensory painting is important in developing fine motor skills, cognitive development, hand-eye coordination, as well as creative thinking. Sensory painting can also help children express their ideas and explore colors, shapes, and different textures.

What is the best paint to use for fork painting?

Washable paint is our choice for getting messy paint off of little fingers. Acrylic paints are also easy to use and show vibrant colors when dry.

Can I use watercolor paints for fork painting?

While you can use any type of paint, watercolor paint wont be as vibrant or bold. It can also be difficult for the watercolor paint to stick to the fork (or even get on the fork in the first place). See above question for ideal paint type.


Preparing a Christmas theme for Your Preschoolers

Our Christmas Math & Literacy Pack is the perfect way to prepare your math & literacy centers during the Christmas season. With 35+ differentiated preschool activities, you can have your centers prepared quickly rather than needing to piece together activities.

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– Life Over C's green fork painted christmas tree craft for kids
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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