Easy Hot Glue & Watercolor Christmas Light Craft

Published: November 21, 2023 · Updated: December 23, 2023 by Sacha — This post may contain affiliate links. Read our full disclosure.

Grab a hot glue gun and use it to make this easy Christmas craft that is perfect for kids of all ages! This colorful hot glue and watercolor Christmas light craft is so fun for kids to make, and it will only require a few minutes of your time.

This colorful hot glue craft is super simple to make, and you probably already have all the necessary supplies at home.

And while you’ll want to save the hot glue gun for older kids or adults, the other steps can be completed by younger children as well—including toddlers and preschoolers.

The hot glue forms a barrier that keeps the paint from spreading, which makes the Christmas lights look nice and neat. Our kids had so much fun with this project, and I hope yours will too!

Required Materials

Here’s what you’ll need to make these pretty watercolor Christmas lights at home:

Supplies to make a hot glue and watercolour Christmas light craft.

How to Make Hot Glue & Watercolor Christmas Lights (Step-by-Step)

1. Draw Electrical Cord

To start with, grab a black marker and use it to draw a swirly line on the sheet of white cardstock. This line will become the black cord to which the Christmas lights are attached.

Hands drawing a loopy black line on paper.

Once you’ve drawn the line, use the same marker to draw some black squares here and there along the black line. Make sure you don’t draw them too close together as every black square will be attached to a Christmas light, and you don’t want them to overlap.

Hand drawing black squares along the loopy black line.

2. Add Christmas Light Outlines

Next, grab your hot glue gun and use hot glue to draw a Christmas light at the end of each black square. (This step should be done by an adult, or by an older child under careful adult supervision.)

Hand drawing Christmas light shapes above the black squares with a hot glue gun.

Make sure that you start and finish the shape in the same spot so that each Christmas light is completely closed off—this will prevent the paint from spreading too much during the next step.

3. Paint Christmas Lights

Now comes the fun part! Grab some watercolor paint and use it to color the inside of each Christmas light.

Hand painting the inside of the Christmas light shapes.

The hot glue will act as a barrier that will prevent the colors from spreading outside of the Christmas light shapes. This means the colors should look nice and clean, and they should stay contained within each Christmas light. This step is easy enough for young kids to complete.

When you’re done filling in the Christmas lights, the craft will be ready to display. Doesn’t it look so pretty?

Hands holding up a Christmas lights craft made with hot glue and watercolour paint.

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