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Holiday Project: Learn how to spray paint a pre lit Christmas tree with these easy to follow step by step instructions and photos.

I’m having fun decorating my craft studio for the holiday season.  I knew I wanted to have a cute pencil tree in the corner.  I looked through the local classifieds and couldn’t find a used tree that would fit the dimensions I needed.  So I was thrilled when I found a Black Friday deal at Micheal’s for a 7ft pencil tree.  I got home and put it up… and didn’t like it.  The size and shape were right but it looked like a black hole sucking all the light in the corner. Not Good.  So I decided that I needed to take some drastic action.   Time to MAKE that tree work.  I decided I would do a little research and spray paint the tree.  Honestly this made me a little nervous, because once I started painting the Christmas Tree, there would be no going back, or returns.  While I will spray paint something once in a while, I’m not very skilled at it.  So I needed to make sure that this project was as dummy proof as possible (for my sake).

For this project you will need:

1 Pre lit Christmas tree (check your local classifieds and sales to see if you can get a deal)

2-6 Cans of Spray paint ( I used this brand and it worked great! The amount can very depending on the size of tree.  My tree was 7 feet tall and a skinny pencil size, and I used 3 cans. 1 white and  2 aqua. So be aware that you might more or less paint depending on your size of tree.)


Paper Straws

Masking tape

Place with proper ventilation/ temperature to spray

Tarp, spray tent or box

Time and Patience

Gloves and clothes you don’t care about


How to Spray Paint a Pre Lit Christmas Tree:

Step 1 – Fluff the tree before you spray

Set up the tree and take time to fluff it out nicely before you spray.   This will make it a lot easier to get even coats of paint on and so you don’t have any hidden pockets of sprayed tree that aren’t covered. Plug in the tree and make sure all the light strands are working before you spray, this is especially important if it’s a new tree – don’t want a faulty tree that you can’t take back!

Step 2 – Keep it in the (color) family

Since I’m not an avid spray painter I shied away from making a pink tree or something really far from green.  I new if I didn’t get a nice even coat of paint it would be painfully obvious if a spot was missed. By painting it a minty green I kept it in the “green” family so if some peeked through, it would be hard to spot and no big deal. I also used on can of white spray paint before I added the mint color to give it a lighter base to work with.  

Keep it in mind that if you are making the tree lighter than the original color, give it a white  base to start.   Above you can see the first light coat of white paint over the green next to the top that is still the original color. You can still see the green peaking through, but it lightened parts of it a good amount so the mint color could really be seen.

Step 3 – Cover the Christmas lights (promise it won’t be that bad)

Ok so I can’t take full credit for this idea.  But I have tested different versions of this and have come up with the best and easiest way to cover the lights.

  I got this idea from Skip to my Lou here, but realized 1, you don’t need to use a whole straw for each light and 2, paper straws are so much better and fit the light perfectly!  Cut the straws into sections long enough to cover and bulb and extend past it a little ( about 1/2 inch or more).  With the tree plugged in (makes it a lot easier to see all the lights) place the cut straw over each bulb. The plastic straws are just a hair too big and while they worked, could easily be knocked off. But the paper straws were perfect!  Paper straws for the win (for once).  I did try masking off a few bulbs, but just a few took a long time and with the bulb on it makes the glue on the tape hot and made it more difficult to remove.   Boo.  Straws all the way for time and ease. 

The great part of using this method is that the wires of the lights will be painted the same color as the tree and blend in perfectly!

Step 4 – Outside is best, but mind the temperature for the Spray Paint

So it takes a lot of spray paint to cover the tree and it’s really important to spray in a well ventilated area.  I was lucky and it has been unseasonable warm/dry so spraying it outside in a box worked great.  But please for your safety, make sure that you have plenty of ventilation and that the place where you are spraying the tree is warm/ dry enough for the paint to work and dry properly.

Step 5 – Many light Coats Make For a Nice Looking Painted Christmas Tree

Since dealing with the tree means dealing with a lot of branches, and layers of needles many light coats is the way to go.  What I found worked well is start on the bottom of the tree and work my way to the top.   Spray light a coat, go do something else for 15 to 20 minutes then add another coat. Always keep the the spray can moving while you’re painting to avoid getting too much wet paint in one area (causing the needles to clump together – not good).  Keep doing this process until you’re happy with the color and coating of the tree.  

Step 6 – Give it time to dry/ air out

Even though my Christmas tree was dry fairly quickly, I let it air outside for a while.  The smell of new paint was VERY strong and I figured that and hour or two outside would be better for my house.

Step 7 – Pick off the Christmas light covers

Simply remove the straw covers on the Christmas lights and toss them away. It’s a lot like picking berries. 🙂

On all of the lights I covered with a straw them came off perfectly clean – no paint on them.

I found a couple that I missed covering, but it’s easily fixed by replacing the bulb or scraping the paint off.  

Now I have a Christmas tree that is a fun 1950’s mint retro color and I love it! 

With some added Christmas decorations to make the color pop, I’m really happy with how it turned out. Now that I know the paper straw trick I think I would be tempted to spray paint a Christmas tree again.  But for now I’m happy with this addition to the corner of my studio space.

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How To Spray Paint Your Christmas Tree

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Are you wondering how to spray paint your Christmas tree? You’re in the right place! We’re going to show you how to spray paint an elegant rose gold Christmas tree as well as how to make a DIY white Christmas tree with silver accents. You’ll see how to create the look of a flocked Christmas tree using white spray paint.

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Last year, we created this Testors Christmas Crafternoons activity to show you how to spray paint a Christmas tree. It’s been such a hit that we are sharing it again.

Be sure to also check out our other Christmas Crafternoons projects… DIY Photo Ornaments and Fabric Spray Painted DIY Pillows.


How To Spray Paint A Christmas Tree

Decorating Christmas trees can be expensive! Most artificial trees cost a bundle and if you purchase fancy ornaments, you’ll really be spending a lot of money.

But we’re here to help you save your money and still create the look of an expensive, professionally-decorated Christmas tree.

Watch our step-by-step christmas tree painting tutorial below or see it on YouTube.


We started with two $20 artificial trees from IKEA and various old ornaments and dollar store Christmas decorations. Then we went to work with Testors Craft Spray Paint to create two unique Christmas tree themes.

First, we made a rose gold Christmas tree complete with our own DIY rose gold Christmas decorations.

Second, we spray painted a white Christmas tree with silver accents. By using white spray paint we created the look of a flocked Christmas tree.

We’re going to show you exactly how you can make your own rose gold Christmas tree and how you can make a DIY flocked Christmas tree using white spray paint instead of the trickier and messier real flock.



  • Inexpensive Artificial Christmas Tree

    Any type or size of artificial tree will work. We purchased two of these $20 trees from IKEA. (This post is not affiliated with IKEA.)

  • Inexpensive or old Christmas Tree Ornaments

    This is a great opportunity to upcycle any old ornaments that you have. If you have old Christmas tree bulbs or other mismatched ornaments of various colors, you can spray paint them to match your new Christmas tree theme. Otherwise, buy some inexpensive ornaments at a dollar store or a thrift shop.

  • Testors Craft Spray Paints

    We used these Testors Craft and Rust-Oleum products to paint our Christmas trees and ornaments:

    • Testors Craft 3 oz. Aerosols in Silver Glitter, Gold Glitter, Antique Copper, Gold, Silver, and White Gloss
    • Testors Craft 3 oz. Foam Primer
    • Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Primer Spray
    • Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Rose Gold
    • Rust-Oleum Universal Pearl Metallic Spray Paint in Champagne Pink



Step 1

Find an inexpensive artificial Christmas tree.

We purchased artificial trees that only cost $20 each. You will notice the tree is sparse and looks very bare and rather unimpressive when we start.

But the key is to find the most affordable tree that is the size you want. Since you’re spray painting the Christmas tree and adding lots of spray painted decorations, it won’t matter if the tree is spindly with big gaps between the branches. You’ll fill it up with your painted ornaments.


Step 2

Choose a color scheme for your tree and decorations.

My daughter’s bedroom has a rose gold theme, so we decided to make a rose gold Christmas tree for her. And for my office, I decided to make a white Christmas tree with silver accents.

You should decide ahead how you want your painted tree to look. If you want to completely change the color of the tree the way we did with our rose gold tree, it will take more spray paint.

If you want the look of a flocked white tree, you won’t have to completely cover the branches with paint. And you can add as much or as little accent color as you want.


Step 3

Spray paint the tree with white spray paint and then, if you choose, spray paint an accent color such as rose gold or silver.

Work in a well ventilated area when you are spray painting and put something on the ground to protect the area from over-spray. I use a tent designed for these purposes.

We used Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Primer Spray to paint the tree white and mimic “flocking”. Then we used Rose Gold spray paint on our first tree and Silver spray paint on our second tree.

Before you start spray painting, cover and tape off the tree trunk or any parts of the tree that you do not want painted. If your tree is pre-lit, cover the light bulbs as well.

You can spray paint the Christmas tree in parts before you assemble it.

Wait until the white paint has dried before you spray paint your accent color.


Step 4

Spray paint ornaments to match your tree color theme.

You can make your ornament colors consistent with your theme and upcycle old ornaments by spray painting them. If you don’t have old ornaments, you can buy inexpensive dollar store ornaments and spray paint them.

We used Testors Craft White Foam Primer to paint our ornaments. We found it is slightly creamed color, so it’s not the best option for painting the tree white.

And we painted many of our ornaments and tree decorations with the Testors Craft Metallic Antique Copper. I really love it! I also used it in our DIY photo ornaments.

To make our pink ornaments, we used Rust-Oleum Universal Pearl Metallic spray paint in Champagne Pink.


Step 5

Use Testors Craft Glitter Spray Paint to add sparkle to the tree and ornaments.

You can spray the glitter paint on the tree branches before you add the ornaments and then spray paint the glitter on the ornaments separately.

Or you can wait and glitter spray paint the tree and ornaments together as the last step.

We used Testors Craft Aerosols Glitter Spray Paint in Silver and Gold to make our trees sparkle.


Show Off Your Painted Christmas Tree

The two trees we spray painted are small Christmas trees that I will use as decorative Christmas trees in my office and my daughter’s bedroom. Of course, if you want a full size tree, you can follow our Christmas tree painting tutorial to decorate a tree of any size.

(We actually purchased two more trees, and I’m going to help Susan’s daughters decorate their own spray painted Christmas trees for their bedrooms.)

Since these are small Christmas trees, we can store them as they are… completely decorated and ready to use year after year.


How To Store Your Spray Painted Christmas Tree

If your painted tree is small enough to store standing up and still decorated, simply cover it to protect the tree from dust. Then next Christmas, you’re all ready to go!

If you don’t have room to store your spray painted tree all in one piece, then you’ll need to carefully remove and store your decorations and lights as you normally would.

In that case, during the process of taking the tree apart and storing it, some of the paint may chip or rub of the branches. But no worries… next year, you can simply apply a little more spray paint if necessary to do some touch ups.

Try More Christmas Crafts

Here are more of our painting ideas and easy DIY craft projects for the holidays…

  • Painted Ornaments
  • DIY Centerpieces
  • Fabric Spray Paint DIY Pillow Covers
  • Photo Ornaments DIY
  • Driftwood Christmas Tree Craft
  • New Years Eve Photo Booth Props DIY


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Christmas tree paint - choice and application technique

A green Christmas tree is a classic attribute of a popular holiday. A colored Christmas tree looks much more unusual. This type of decor is sure to amaze guests and household members. There is paint for the Christmas tree, with which you can give the needles any color. A beautiful Christmas tree does not require decoration with garlands, toys and balls: it in itself is a bright accent of the New Year's room.


  • Rules for staining wood
  • How long will a painted tree last
  • Adding snow to the Christmas tree

Rules for painting a tree

If you want to put a colored Christmas tree on New Year's Eve, it is not necessary to buy an artificial one. It is possible to paint a living tree, and by means that are sold everywhere. If desired, you can paint a green artificial Christmas tree, the technology is simple. Several small Christmas trees in the color of the rest of the decor look original in the room. They contrast favorably against the background of a monochromatic interior decoration. In the absence of a Christmas tree, it is quite possible to paint branches, Christmas tree cones, making a beautiful composition, a New Year's wreath.

Usually one type of paint is used for dyeing, although different colors can be used. The main thing is that there should not be more than 2-3 of them, otherwise the tree will look pretentious. How to decorate a Christmas tree? You need to buy acrylic paint in the form of a can in a store for needlework, building materials. Any color available:

  • blue;
  • yellow;
  • red;
  • gold;
  • silver.

You can start painting. The Christmas tree should be installed so that there is access to all its parts - it is advisable to do this on the balcony, in the yard. From below it is better to lay cellophane, newspapers. They paint the Christmas tree, holding the branches alternately with one hand. With the second hand, you need to direct a stream of paint from a spray can. Thus, all the branches are painted.

Important! It is useless to use a brush: it will not work to evenly paint over all the needles. Glitter can be applied on top of the painted branches - from a can of shiny paint.

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How long a painted tree will last

Acrylic paint “seals” the needles, preventing them from spoiling, it will stay fresh much longer, and will not fall off. The paint works like glue, preventing the needles from detaching. A painted Christmas tree can be admired for up to several months.

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Adding snow to the Christmas tree

White snow gives a real or artificial Christmas tree a unique charm. To create a decor, you need to buy the following products:

  • white acrylic paint;
  • brush;
  • dry glitter.

How to paint a spruce:

  1. Prepare the tree. Spruce branches should be clean, free of dust and other contaminants. If it is decided to use sparkles, they need to be poured into the paint, but it is better to sprinkle the still dry coatings on top.
  2. The brush is dipped into the paint, applied to the tips of needles, thick branches, holding the tool vertically. Start from the top of the spruce, moving down.
  3. Sprinkle the colored areas carefully with glitter. It is not necessary to immediately paint over large areas, otherwise the acrylic will dry out and the gloss will not stick.

After the final drying, you can decorate the tree with your favorite toys!

How to paint a Christmas tree for the New Year



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New Year is, without a doubt, one of the most beloved and popular holidays. And everyone knows its invariable attributes - champagne, Russian salad, Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden, and, of course, a Christmas tree. Its very appearance for many is a real event - the house is filled with the fresh smell of pine needles and Christmas decorations, garlands and other decorations are taken from the mezzanine.

However, many people get tired of the usual green color of the purchased spruce and therefore they decide to paint it. A colored Christmas tree will surprise guests and households and add originality to this family holiday. In addition, in this case, it is quite possible to do without traditional toys, since a tree with needles of an unusual color can already be considered a room decoration in itself.

In the event that the owners of the apartment decide to put a colored Christmas tree, it is not necessary to purchase an artificial tree of the corresponding color. You can also buy real spruce, which can then be easily repainted with paint. Several small trees that have the color of the room's decor will look quite original in the room.

In the event that it is not possible to purchase a whole spruce for some reason, you can decorate the room with its branches and cones, which also need to be painted. Using toys, you can create a beautiful composition or a festive wreath from branches. However, it is worth remembering that it is better to paint the spruce with two shades of paint, otherwise the composition will look too pretentious.

How to paint the Christmas tree.

In order to paint the spruce, you need to use special paints that can be purchased at any department of the mall that sells needlework accessories or building supplies. It is best to use acrylic paint in a spray can. In this case, the color can be chosen absolutely any - depending on your own preferences. After the paint is purchased, you can start painting the Christmas tree.

Before you start applying paint, you should prepare the room, but it is best to do it outdoors - on the balcony, in front of the house, in the yard. The Christmas tree must be installed vertically and secured so that a person has access to all its parts - the trunk, branches. From below it is better to lay cellophane or unnecessary paper so that the paint does not get on the balcony cover. In order for the paint to better cover the needles, the branch must be supported with one hand, and with the other hand, direct the jet from the spray can to the right place. Similarly, the paint is applied to each branch of the Christmas tree.

It is important to remember that spraying paint from a can will not evenly color the branches. Therefore, to hide the natural color of the needles, multi-colored sparkles can be sprinkled on top.

How long can a painted Christmas tree stand.

Painted needles are “sealed”, which prevents their deterioration and premature drying, and as a result, they will stay on the branches longer, delighting their tenants with their original color. In addition, paint has the same effect on needles as glue. Therefore, the tree will remain in its original form for a long time - several months.

You can also add charm to the beauty of the forest with the help of snow, also made of paint. To create it you will need:

- white acrylic paint;

- brush;

- sequins.

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