Christmas Tree Drawing: From Easy to Awesome!

Master drawing Christmas trees. An easy tree made of triangles turned into a beautiful Christmas tree drawing with a simple trick.
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The first Christmas tree drawing is as easy as it gets, with a tree made of just three triangles. Once we add some decorations, the triangles magically become a Christmas tree!

While the second Christmas tree drawing uses similar simple shapes as before, outlining the tree with curved and squiggly lines and adding extra decorations and details makes the second Christmas tree look just awesome!

Drawing time: about 15 minutes
You will need: pencil, pen, color pencils, eraser, drawing paper or sketch book

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Easy Christmas Tree Drawing

Easy Christmas tree drawing: finished outline

The first Christmas tree drawing is very easy and simple. The tree itself is made of just three triangles. Once we add some simple decorations - baubles and a star - the triangles magically turn into a lovely Christmas tree!

Easy Christmas tree drawing: base sketch

 

Step 1: Draw three triangles

Drawing step: Draw three triangles

Here is the basic shape for our Christmas tree drawing – three triangles, stacked on top of each other that suggest the branches of the fir tree.

As this is your drawing, feel free to customise it. If you want a really tall tree, stack more than three triangles. Or if you want a really simple drawing, you can get away with two, or even just a single triangle – it will still work. But three is a good number here…

 

Step 2: Draw the tree trunk and a star decoration

Drawing step: Draw the tree trunk and a star decoration

Let's turn the three triangles into a Christmas tree!

First, draw a trunk for your tree.  This can be a simple rectangle at the bottom. If you make it slightly wider at the base as we did, it will look more like an actual tree trunk.

Next, draw a Christmas star to decorate the top of the tree. If you need some help, check out the how to draw a star tutorial!

 

Step 3: Decorate the Christmas tree with baubles

Drawing step: Decorate the Christmas tree with baubles

The final detail is to draw some Christmas decorations. Draw simple circles for the baubles on the Christmas tree. Hang one at each of the lower pointy ends of the triangle branches. Then add a few more onto the body of the Christmas tree.

Easy Christmas Tree Drawing: outline

 

Step 1: Draw the Christmas tree decorations

Drawing step: Draw the Christmas tree decorations

That is all the sketching done – we can already tell this is a Christmas tree! Let’s outline the Christmas tree drawing.

Start with the star at the top - draw only the outer edges of the star.

Then draw out all the bauble decorations on the Christmas tree.

 

Step 2: Draw the Christmas tree outline

Drawing step: Draw the Christmas tree outline

Next, outline the body of the tree. Again, draw just the outer edges of all the tree triangles. Break the outline for any baubles - that way they will look like they are in front of the tree branches.

Once you are done with the branches, draw out the tree trunk. Notice the small improvement here - the bottom line is slightly curved to suggest the round trunk.

 

Step 3: Add a few details

Drawing step: Add a few details

While our easy Christmas tree drawing is pretty much done, there are a few details we can add to improve the simple drawing.

Draw short curved lines to suggest the shine on the baubles. Then add a few small curved lines on one side of the tree trunk to suggest the rounded shape and some shading.

Finally, draw two lines to suggest the floor, so our Christmas tree is not free-floating in mid-air.

Easy Christmas tree drawing finished

Easy Christmas tree drawing: finished outline

 
Easy Christmas tree drawing: finished outline

Here is the finished Christmas tree drawing, after we have erased the sketch lines. Pretty good for a drawing that was more or less done in three steps, what do you think?

Easy Christmas tree drawing coloured-in

 
Easy Christmas tree drawing coloured-in

The final step is to colour in the finished Christmas tree drawing.

The trunk bark is brown. Choose some happy colours for your decorations. The star decoration at the top of the tree needs to be gold (well, gold looking yellow, anyway).

The triangular Christmas tree body is, of course, green. Use some extra shades of green, yellow, and white to draw lines fanning out from the narrow end to the wide base of each triangle to add colour and texture to your Christmas tree – it will look more like branches on a real tree.

 

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Christmas tree drawing

Christmas tree drawing: finished outline

Now that you have mastered drawing the easy Christmas tree, let’s improve on our drawing. We are using similar simple shapes as before to build the tree. This time though, we will draw the triangles curved out and outline them with some squiggly lines.  Those simple changes will make the tree look so much nicer and interesting. Also, we add a few more decorations and some presents under the tree to finish with an awesome Christmas tree drawing!

Christmas tree drawing: base sketch

 

Step 1: Draw the Christmas tree base

Drawing step:  Draw the Christmas tree base

Here we go again, building our tree shape from triangles. This time there are four of them, just for fun. And they are not really triangles, as we have curved all the sides – outer ones in, and bottom ones down.

Start at the top. Then feel free to build your tree as high or as short as you please. Notice that the shapes for the ring of branches get flatter and wider as you go down drawing the lower parts of your tree.

 

Step 2: Sketch the star, chains and trunk

Drawing step: Sketch the star, chains and trunk

Let's give the tree a trunk and start decorating it.

The trunk is very similar to the one above – just a little curved to match the tree’s shape. Draw the star decoration at the top of the tree again, same as before.

And now for something new. Let's decorate the Christmas tree with a chain wrapped around the tree from top to bottom! Here we only draw the two pearls – small circles – at each end and sketch the lines between them. We will draw all the circles out once we get to outlining our drawing.

 

Step 3: Draw the Christmas bauble decorations

Drawing step: Draw the Christmas bauble decorations

Let's keep dressing up our Christmas tree. Here we add all the baubles to make our tree look pretty.

They are all just simple circles placed at the end of branches plus a few on the tree body as before. We have made them all the same size, but feel free to dress up your tree with any size you want! And they do not need to be all just baubles either - add some stars or other decorations, if you want.

 

Step 4: Draw some presents under the Christmas tree

Drawing step: Draw some presents under the Christmas tree

Well, with the Christmas tree drawing all done, let's finish the picture by adding some presents under the tree.

Most of the presents are simple boxes in different sizes. We have drawn them in perspective – check out the how to draw a present tutorial for detailed step by step instructions, or learn more about perspective drawing in our how to draw a cube tutorial.

If you are just after a simple drawing, you can always also draw the presents as simple rectangles without the perspective. Do not forget the ribbon wrapped around the presents. We have also thrown in one odd-shaped present in a bag, just for some variety.

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Christmas tree drawing: outline step by step

 

Step 1: Draw the Christmas tree branches

Drawing step: Draw the Christmas tree branches

Now it is time for the simple improvement that makes all the difference to our Christmas tree look. Let’s start drawing the tree branches.

The sides are a simple outline of the sketch, just broken up for the pearls of the chain (See? That is why we have drawn the two circles on the edges!)

The bottom outline, though, is a jagged squiggly line. It is also broken for the chain and in a few other places. The “branch ends” point down and out – changing direction as we go around the tree.

 

Step 2: Outline the Christmas decorations and trunk

Drawing step: Outline the Christmas decorations and trunk

With the hard work done, let's draw the decorations. Outline all the baubles, and the star at the top of the Christmas tree.

Then draw the trunk - just as a simple outline of the sketch, with added side "shading" lines, same as for our simple tree above.

 

Step 3: Draw the pearl chain

Drawing step: Draw the pearl chain

Now it is time to draw out every single one of the pearls on the chain that wraps our tree. They are all just small circles. Line them up nicely, one next to the other along the lines that we have sketched.

 

 

Step 4: Draw the presents under the Christmas tree

Drawing step: Draw the presents under the Christmas tree

The last part is to draw the presents under the Christmas tree.

Start by drawing nice ribbon bows for our presents. They are made of a circle for the knot, two loops up and two squiggle lines for the ribbon ends - check out the detailed step-by-step instructions to draw a bow in the present drawing tutorial.

Next, draw the ribbons that wrap around the presents. Finally, finish by drawing the actual box edges.

The last small detail is to draw the floor line to suggest the tree is standing on the ground.

Christmas tree drawing finished

Christmas tree drawing: finished outline

 
Christmas tree drawing: finished outline

And here is the finished Christmas tree drawing once we have erased the sketch lines.

As you can see, simply making the base shape a bit curvier and drawing in some squiggle lines instead of straight edges makes for a much nicer and better-looking Christmas tree.

Adding a few extra decorations and some presents under the tree also goes a long way in improving your Christmas tree drawing.

Christmas tree drawing coloured-in

 
Christmas tree drawing coloured-in

And here is the final Christmas tree drawing once it is coloured in.

We have used the same colours as for the easy Christmas tree drawing above. We have also used the same trick with using different shades of green plus some yellow and white lines to suggest the texture of the branches.

Colour in the baubles in some bright colours - here we have red, yellow and blue, with few left just white. All of those contrast nicely to the green tree.

Christmas presents need nice red ribbons and bows to stand out under the green tree. And the final trick is shading the white paper on the presents with a light blue, as we have done before on our snowman drawing.

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