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How To Draw The Moon

While I was creating a moon painting last week, I took a step back and wanted to learn how to draw the moon in the most simplest of ways while still mimicking the real thing.

Although I used these moon drawing steps in my easy moon painting , you can also use it in any moon art project you can think of. It’s easy for kids, teens and adults a like!

To draw the moon you’ll first trace a large circle on your paper using a bowl. Then you’ll add some darker areas on the moons rocky surface by drawing some simple irregular shapes and filling them in with dark grey pencil/crayons. Next you’ll add some “0” shaped craters and you’ll finish off by coloring in the moon with a light grey crayon/pencil. I’ll go over more detailed steps in the tutorial below.

Looking for more easy and fun drawing tutorials? Check out this how to draw a monarch butterfly tutorial, and this how to draw a sea turtle. Or if the magic of this moon has captured you, you might want learn how to to draw a mystical mermaid.

Let’s get drawing.

Moon Art Drawing Ideas

Draw the moon as a giant mural, paint with some glow in the dark paint on a t shirt, or some fun kid friendly moon crafts /activities. The list below has some fun and unique ideas you can use your moon drawing in.

  1. Paint a moon in a night scene mermaid painting
  2. Giant DIY moon mural, like this one
  3. Chalkboard moon art, like this pinterest idea
  4. Paper plate moon craft
  5. Sun and Moon Art for Kids
  6. Glow in the Dark Moon T-shirts
  7. Moon Phases Activity Craft for kids
  8. Paint in the moon in a galaxy painting

How to Draw the Moon Tutorial

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How To Draw The Moon

How To Draw The Moon

Learn to draw the moon in this easy step by step drawing tutorial

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost FREE


  • pencil
  • paper
  • dark grey and light grey coloring pencils /crayons/ markers
  • large bowl/circular object/compass (optional)



  1. Draw a large circle by tracing around a large bowl/circular object, using a pencil. Alternatively you can free hand your circle shape or use a to draw moon step 1
  2. Draw and fill in large shapes inside the moon, using a dark grey pencil/crayon/marker. These will be the darker areas of the moons rocky to draw moon step 2
  3. Draw in a few smaller circle shapes, using the same dark grey crayon/pencil. Color them in. These will be the darker moon craters. how to draw moon step 3
  4. Draw 4-5 small "0" shapes (small ovals), and don't fill them in. These will be the lighter moon craters. Tip: If you'd like more realistic details in your moon, you can draw fine rays (lines) coming from the craters' centre and streaking outwards, which are called ejecta to draw moon step 4
  5. Color in the white spaces around the craters/dark shapes, using a lighter grey pencil/crayon/marker. Make sure not to fill in the centres of the white craters, and leave them white. how to draw moon step 5
  6. (Optional) Color in the night sky with some dark purple or blue, draw in some clouds crossing the moon and/or add some sparkly stars in the sky to complete the picture! Or use this moon drawing in any project you can think of.howe to draw the moon step 6

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Angela Foster

Sunday 10th of April 2022

I tried! It looks somewhat like you explained. As a newbie at painting I believe it was ok.

Jasmine Khinda

Monday 11th of April 2022

Thank you for letting me know Angela! Hope you enjoyed painting it. When first starting with painting it's always a bit more challenging, and paintings won't turn out exactly like others paintings. With practice and time you'll notice it becomes easier and your paintings will reflect that. But the most important thing is that you're painting, and doing it! That is something to be proud of and an accomplishment in itself. Kudos to you! Cheers, Jasmine


Monday 10th of January 2022

Is there any moon printable for this tutorial ?

Jasmine Khinda

Wednesday 26th of January 2022

Hi Luis, There is no printable moon stencil per say, but there is a full size reference picture you could use as a stencil (prints out on standard 8.5 x 11" paper). Here's a quick link to the photo . If you need the moon as a stencil on a different scale (different size canvas), or the picture won't work for you, let me know and I'll figure out another solution. Cheers, Jasmine

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