DIY

Hand Painted Mini Canvas Christmas Ornaments

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Lots and lots of popular crafts right now include hand painting things. The most common medium is watercolor paints. While I have it on my to do list to learn watercolors I just haven’t had the time… yet. But I love the hand painted rage going on and wanted to get in on it. So I hand painted some mini canvases to be cute little ornaments.

Now I purchased a 4 pack of small canvases and I dreamed up 4 simple and easy to copy ideas for each of my ornaments. Just so you know I’m not much of an artist at all but I really try 🙂 I swear these really are simple and if you need a boost of confidence a few practice drawings on scrap paper will sort you straight out!

For this project you will  need:

  • Mini canvases
  • Paints
  • Pipe cleaners (ribbon or string would also work)
  • Hot glue gun

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

I’m more confident drawing than painting and since I didn’t want these to take as long as a true masterpiece would (without true masterpiece results!) I decided to use oil paint markers instead of craft acrylics and brushes. Which you choose is totally a personal preference.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

First up, Santa’s belt. Draw a yellow rectangle in the middle of your canvas and a larger rectangle around that. Fill in and you’ve got your belt buckle.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Fill in the center of the buckle with black and draw the strap of the belt on either side, running over the sides of the canvas.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Fill in above and below with red paint.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Finish off by tracing the buckle and writing Ho! Ho! Ho!

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Draw an egg shape with a smaller egg shape below. This is a penguin and the outer shape is his body and the inner his belly!

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Draw a yellow cone shape for the nose and draw two white eyes with a black dot in each. Fill in the rest of the outer egg shape. Embellish with a bow tie, hair bows or you can even glue on items. I love this idea but it just came to me so I drew my bowtie on!

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Fill in the blank area with blue.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Draw simple snowflakes on the background. I actually have a really detailed tutorial here that might help you to draw snowflakes.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Now for my favorite, the snowman! Draw a large circle and inside around the middle an orange carrot shape. Make black dots for eyes and a mouth. Draw the shoulders/second ball of snow just beneath and give a few coal dots for buttons.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Fill in the background with solid green. And check out my process here. While I’m showing you each step for each painting in a row I actually had to flit around as the paint dried 🙂

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Finish with yellow dots for the background. And if you’re wondering, I need to go to the store for peanuts, chicken, rice and a freezer 🙂

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Last, but not least, we have tangled up Christmas lights. Because tangled up lights is as much a part of Christmas as Santa Claus himself 🙂

Draw a “bulb” shape and fill in. It doesn’t have to be perfect, by the by!

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Draw the socket out of black by making a 3 shape on the right and a backwards 3 shape on the left. Fill in.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Place your bulbs however you please.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Fill in the background with purple (FYI my purple paint marker sucked and this is like 4 uneven and awful coats – womp, womp!) Add highlights of lighter colors lik pink on red, white on yellow, etc. and trace the outside of each bulb.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Draw winding and curling wires between the bulbs running over the edges of the canvas!

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Cut a pipe cleaner in half and hot glue to the back to act as a hanger.

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

The string of lights is a lot of fun and it’s my favorite idea. Unfortunately that mottled purple background is hacking me off and knocking it from my favorite ornament made here. But it’s still super fun!

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

The snowflake background here is definitely my fave but…

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

As much as I didn’t really like the concept, but felt it would be simple enough to execute, the snowman is surprisingly my favorite! By lots and lots and lots!

These simple to paint mini canvases make the cutest handmade Christmas ornaments!

Hanging on my little lime green tinsel tree they are lots of fun and the perfect size. Because they are handmade they’d make lovely little gifts and they’d also be a great project to get the littles in on!