Create a Christmas Wallpaper in 10 Minutes

Discover how to quickly create a Christmas wallpaper in less than 10 minutes.

10 minutes
Blender 2.5
VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 4.8/5 (18 votes cast)

In this tutorial you will discover how to:

  • Quickly distribute christmas lights
  • Create bokeh with lens artifacts
  • Color grade an image for more impact

When I was a kid I used to create a flip calendar every year that would count down the days until Christmas. I’m not sure when I stopped this exciting tradition but now I tend to just change my wallpaper. It’s borderline scrooge, but it’s how I roll.

This year I took it a step further by actually making my own wallpaper! *gasp* I know.

I wanted a wallpaper that captured my favourite part of Christmas: The lights. There’s nothing I like more than walking down the streets with my loved ones and observing the spectacular light displays in the summer breeze :) So here’s what I came up with:

Finished Result

Click for wallpaper size

I figured you all have Christmas shopping to do so I made this tutorial just 10 minutes long!


At a Glance

Screenshots from the video:

Further Inspiration

Not sure where to go from here? Check out these links for further inspiration:

I hope you enjoyed this week’s tutorial. Post any tips, inspirational links or finished works below!

Download finished .blend Create a Christmas Wallpaper in 10 Minutes, 4.8 out of 5 based on 18 ratings

About Andrew Price

User of Blender for 9+ years. I've written tutorials for 3d World Magazine and spoken at three Blender conferences. My goal is to help artists get employed in the industry by making training accessible and easy to understand. I'm an Aussie and I live in South Korea ;)
  • Vladimir

    The fStop doesn’t work properly. Whatever number I put in, it stays the same as on 7000 and the light turn into a grid lights. What’s the problem?

  • Vladimir

    Hi, I don’t really know if there are some tutorials I’m missing, but I cant’t find some good tutorials for the node editor. Tutorials that explain what all (maybe not all) those nodes do and what’s there usage for and yeah, I watched the tutorial for “realistic texturing” and I like it, its really great so….,if you can do a tutorial on that, that would be great.

  • malick

    hi andrew i don’t know if you noticed but the hair particle menu has changed and i had some problems doing the tutorial cause the menu is different

  • Sanjay Maurya

    Hi Andrew, I’m not able to download Blend file. Error is “Error 404 – Page not found!”

  • PikcNaem

    Dude, your download page is down… Reup please ^^’

    I need looking for the position camera.

  • urumlug

    please learn about internal network render with two computer and then more than.

  • Kasaubn

    Great but a quiet speed!
    More ^^

  • Joshua Alger

    I used this tutorial to create a background for my website. What do you think?

  • Yo Mama

    WHEN CAN WE SUBMIT TUTORIALS!!!! Even though im not very good…

  • tarik bagriyanik
  • Nick Jonas

    great can you please do a tutorial for a snowy scene with animation of things such as the snow. thanks

  • Józsa Dávid

    something i did not doing good. need to remake the tuto, but i don´t have time now.

    i used a Gimp to post production ´cause my lights do not get the blur shapes in themselves.

    whatever, other day. nice tuto, Andrew. Csá csá

  • Nik

    I used this as a wallpaper on my computer at work. Its now the end of Jan and its still there. Love it. You are an insperation, keep up the good work.

  • Whimsy Collective

    Heh… neat blender tutorial. Take a look Radekt’s Blender Bokeh effect

  • Arman

    thank you. This was my first time with dof in blender. Very usefull.

    Here is my result: