Mixed Media Christmas Trees

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I have a confession to make. I used to be addicted to scrapbooking. It has been quite a few years since the last time I touched a scrapbook, but I still have a bin filled with pretty paper and scraps. These lovely mixed media Christmas trees were the perfect project to use up some of my old scraps and turn them into something beautiful.

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What you will need:

Watercolor paper


Scrapbook paper, newspaper, construction paper (in shades of green)

Acrylic paint

Glue stick



Printable template


Cut a piece of watercolor paper in half. Use the template or simply cut a triangle out from the inside of the piece of watercolor paper.

Paint around the triangle using watercolors.

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle salt all over the paint. If you are unfamiliar with this technique, I think you will enjoy watching the reaction that the salt causes to the watercolors. The paint will be absorbed wherever the salt is sprinkled leaving little white spots. It creates the look of a lovely snowy background. Set the painting aside to dry.

Cut strips of green scrapbook paper, painted newspaper, magazine clippings &/or green construction paper. We painted a piece of newspaper in different shades of green and let it dry ahead of time.

Cut a piece of plain white paper to a size a bit larger than the triangle shape. This paper will go behind the triangle cut-out so it must fill up the whole shape.

Glue the strips of green scraps & colored paper onto this plain white sheet.

We chose to glue some diagonal strips over the top of ours as well.

When your watercolor paints are dried, shake & brush the salt off of the painting over a trash can. Flip the painting over and tape the green background to the back of the painting.

Flip your painting back over.

Paint a star at the top of your tree and add a tree trunk to the bottom of your tree. Add ornaments, lights or more snow to your background.

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