How many feet of ribbon for christmas tree

How Much Ribbon for Christmas Tree? (+ All Things Ribbon!)

This post was most recently updated on November 11th, 2021

In this article: How much ribbon do I need for my Christmas tree? This is one of the top questions I get every holiday season. So, today, I’m dishing on all things Christmas ribbon: how much you need for your Christmas tree, where to buy the best ribbon, what type of ribbon you should buy, and how wide your ribbon should be.

Are you wondering how much ribbon you’ll need for your Christmas tree? If so, you’re not alone. Over the 8 years that readers have used my popular tutorial on how to wrap a Christmas tree, it’s the question that’s been asked the most. Well, I’d love to tell you that I have a simple answer. However, it all depends on your tree (shape and size) and your method for wrapping your tree. But, there is definitely a general guideline that will help you decide how much ribbon you’ll need. I’ll share all of that below, as well as, all your burning questions about Christmas ribbon.

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Why so early?

But, before we talk about how much ribbon you need for a Christmas tree, let’s address why I’m writing about it already. I mean, it’s not even Halloween as I write this article. (Although it may be later when you read it.) Well, if you’ve read about my #1 Christmas decorating tip, you’d understand. Spoiler alert: you need to buy early! I’m sure you’ve noticed. The holiday retail season does not exactly align with Christmas decorating. In fact, retailers are already whooping it up with a mix of jack-o-lanterns and inflatable Santas.

That means you have to hop on your decor shopping early, friends. If you want the best stuff, or enough of it, you need to start your hunt soon. If you’ve ever tried to find Christmas ribbon close to Christmas, you know what I mean. Two words: picked over. Or worse, sold out.

So, how much ribbon do you need for your Christmas tree?

So, how much ribbon do you need for your Christmas tree? Or, the other version, how many rolls of ribbon should I purchase?

The general guideline out there on how much ribbon for a Christmas tree seems to be about 10 feet of ribbon or every foot of Christmas tree. So, for example, a typical, 7.5 foot tree would require about 75 feet of ribbon, and a 9 foot tree would need about 90 feet of ribbon.

Translating this into rolls, just apply some basic math. For a 9′ tree, if the ribbon roll has 10 feet on it, you will need 9 rolls of ribbon. But, if it has 25 feet on it, you will need 4 rolls. And, for a 7.5 foot tree, you’ll need eight x 10′ rolls of 10′ rolls, or three x 25′ rolls.

However, this guideline is for the MINIMAL amount of ribbon you’ll need. If you are going for a look that is full, natural and cascading, I definitely recommend more than this. In fact, you could even double it! This is particularly true if you want to wrap your tree with multiple ribbon patterns. If you aren’t sure, just buy more ribbon than you think you’ll need. Then, just return what’s leftover. That’s much safer than not having enough ribbon for your Christmas tree.

Where to buy ribbon for your Christmas tree?

Most Affordable Christmas Ribbon

So, now that we’ve established why you should hop to it, where should you go? Well, craft stores like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby are always great choices. The Christmas ribbon is usually on trend and very affordable, making it easy to change your Christmas tree ribbon often, if you tire of it. They usually carry a line of cooordinating ribbon too, so you can find ribbon that looks great together. (Note: Click any ribbon below to take you to the source)

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Walmart has also upped its Christmas decor game in recent years (you can see my Walmart Nordic Style Christmas Tree here). And, if you live in Canada, Canadian Tire‘s Christmas decor line never disappoints. To make things easier (especially in 2020), you can also order beautiful Christmas ribbon online at these retailers. I’ve found some gorgeous ribbon on Amazon. You can find some of my favourite Amazon finds over on my Amazon storefront.

Finally, can find really gorgeous ribbon at retailers like Marshall’s and HomeSense. But, it’s truly hit or miss whether you’ll find the quantity you need to decorate an entire tree. I usually use their ribbon for gift wrapping, rather than decorating a Christmas tree.

Specialty Christmas Ribbon

If you are looking for specialty Christmas ribbon, you’ll pay a little more for it. But, it’s ribbon that you will love many years, and it will help make your tree unique. You can find heirloom quality ribbon through seasonal retailers like Balsam Hill. And, in Canada, check out Canadian retailers Rainsford Company and Decor Veronneau. I bought my Christmas tree ribbon (in the photo below) via Veronneau last year, and it was stunning. Also, I find that Wayfair has unique Christmas ribbon that is a little more premium. Finally, Etsy sellers have gorgeous statement ribbon that you won’t find anywhere else. (Note: Click any ribbon below to take you to the source)

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You can find more premium ribbon like this one from specialty home decor stores.

What type of ribbon to buy?

Should you use wired ribbon on your Christmas tree?

YES, absolutely! I definitely recommend buying wired ribbon for your Christmas tree. It is certainly possible to work with un-wired ribbon (like burlap or tulle), but it requires a little more skill. It is always easiest to use the wired stuff, especially if you are a beginner. That’s because it is MUCH easier to get a nice, loose curl in your ribbon if it is wired.

How wide should your Christmas tree ribbon be?

I recommend using wired ribbon that is at least 2.5 inches wide. The wider your ribbon, the more impact it will make. But, if it’s too wide, it is a little harder to work with. So,stay in the of range of 2.5″-4″, unless you are skilled at wrapping a Christmas tree with ribbon.

How many patterns should you buy?

For visual interest, I recommend using 2 or 3 different, coordinating ribbons on your Christmas tree. If you use just one, it needs to be super wide (above 4″) in order to make an impact. If you use more than 3 different patterned ribbons, your tree might look a little crazy, lol. And, all the different ribbon might distract from your beautiful ornaments which are the star of any tree. I get the best results when one of my ribbons is a solid one, and the others are coordinating patterns. But, by all means, experiment and find a combination that you love!

I used just one ribbon to wrap this tree, but it was wide enough to make an impact.

I hope this article answered all your questions about buying Christmas ribbon, including how much ribbon you need for your tree. If you’ve found other great sources for ribbon, hit us all up in the Comments.

Before you go, if you are looking for Christmas tree decorating inspiration, I’ve got LOTS! You can search for ‘Christmas’ in the search bar on my home page or start with these:

Navy Blue & Silver Christmas Tree

Red Plaid Christmas Tree

Cozy Cabin Themed Christmas Tree

Winter Wonderland Christmas Tree

Disney Frozen Christmas Tree

Now that you’ve got your Christmas ribbon questions answered, are you wondering the best order to decorate your tree? Check out my article on What Goes on a Christmas Tree First?.

Happy Christmas decor buying and planning!

Until next time,


How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Ribbon

Try a cinched garland, loopy bows, or vertical draping technique—all will add an extraordinary touch.


By Roxanna Coldiron Updated November 11, 2021

Ribbons are quite versatile for Christmas tree decorating. Whether you want to go with traditional embellishments or create an elaborate wonderland, you can use some Christmas tree ribbon to set the stage. These loops come in many different colors and materials, too, so your options for working some onto your Christmas tree are truly only as limited as your imagination. Follow our tutorial, then consult some of these tips and techniques from decorators and interior designers for inspiration.

Choose the Right Christmas Tree Ribbon

Ribbons come in all colors, measurements, and materials, but wired ribbon works best for this project—when formed in loops and bows, it will hold its shape. As for the width? Two-and-a-half inches to five inches is ideal. In terms of quantity, a general rule of thumb is at least nine feet of ribbon per foot of tree—so a seven-foot Christmas tree will need 63 feet of garland. Consider scale and your personal preference, too: Depending on the size and shape of the tree, you may need more ribbon for a fuller, rich look. And if you have any leftover Christmas tree ribbon, use it to decorate wrapped presents below.

Prepare the Tree

Start with a tree that's already been strung with lights, but not yet decorated with ornaments. If you have an artificial iteration, fluff the branches and test the pre-lit lights; if you have a live Christmas tree, prune the branches of any small growths. The lights will act as your guide for placing the ribbon, pointing to spotlights and darker gaps in the boughs.

christmas tree decoration with white ribbon

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The Basics of Decorating

Two of the simplest techniques to working with ribbon involve either cutting it or not. To keep ribbon uncut, anchor your garland by twisting one end around a branch at the top of the tree; then, wind your way down by weaving the ribbon in and out of the branches. Repeat this in-and-out looping pattern all the way to the bottom, stepping back every few loops to ensure that the garland looks evenly distributed. If you'd rather go the cut-ribbon route, Cynthia Sheen, interior designer and owner of Cinzia Interiors, prefers to shorten ribbon into lengths, pinch them into bundles, and, working from the top of the tree downwards, tuck them into the boughs to create smooth, loose tufts. "Take pieces of ribbon that are 24 to 36 inches in length and cinch in the middle with a pipe cleaner," she explains. "Then roll up and unroll the ribbon in a spiral. It looks like a big curl, creating a very pretty, flowy ribbon." If you want to try vertical draping, anchor the lengths of ribbon at the top of the tree and let them drape naturally towards the base.

And if you suddenly don't have enough ribbon? "Cut the ribbon into 20-inch sections and pinch at each end," she recommends. "Tie the ribbon [sections] to the tree. It saves on ribbon and makes it appear as if it were woven through the tree. "

Play with Color, Pattern, and Texture

When it comes to putting ribbon on your Christmas tree, interior designer Kade Laws suggests considering colors outside of the traditional holiday palette. She has used combinations of lime-green, cerulean blue, and metallic silver to great effect. Red, green, and black are a tried-and-true palette of tradition—reminiscent of the buffalo plaid found in farmhouse-style decorating. Do you prefer the sweetness of Candy Land? Laws recommends hot-pink-and-orange ribbons that can be draped or cascaded down the tree to resemble ribbons of candy. You can even use multiple options, Laws says, to create a depth of dimension in your tree's design. "I've mixed Christmas plaid ribbon with a solid color ribbon," she says. "Using wired ribbon with silk and another shiny material can add some dimension to your tree."

Complement Your Home's Holiday Design

Darryl Carter, an interior designer based in Washington, D.C., takes a more modernist approach: He recalls once using an orange burlap ribbon that cascaded down the Christmas tree to complement an installation of wall art—a large orange disc. The orange elements added a pop of statement color to the white, beige, and marbled décor in his home. "I responded to a piece of art," he says. In more modern settings, Carter recommends sticking to a monochromatic palette for a bold look that is stylish and contemporary.

Coordinate a Theme

Choose ribbon based on the theme of your Christmas tree. When Sheen designed a coastal tree, she used burlap ribbon that she tied down the tree amidst the blue nautical ornaments and white sailboats with blue hulls. And a jewel-toned tree boasted shimmery green lattice or mesh ribbons woven throughout the Christmas tree with brilliant purple and green ornaments that sparkled in the room. Use the theme of your Christmas tree to inspire you, and choose ribbon that coordinates with the rest of your holiday decorating.

New Year's bow on the Christmas tree from a ribbon, master class

Every year, on New Year's Eve, all the inhabitants of our country are busy with one IMPORTANT occupation - everyone decorates their New Year tree! To facilitate this task, sales of all kinds of New Year's toys are gaining momentum in the supermarkets of our country: balls, stars, houses, cones, animals, snowflakes, bows and even fairy-tale characters . .. you can’t count everything!

Some Christmas trees will be decorated in a strict design style, others will be full of all kinds of toys, and others will be only rare collections…

This is all good, but you must admit, how nice it is to make New Year's toys with your own hands, in the circle of your family, saturated with emotions and fun of loved ones! Not a single purchased toy will bring such an effect!

Our site brings to your attention a very beautiful New Year's craft with your own hands - a chic lush bow for the Christmas tree, made with your own hands from ribbons!

Photo of decorating a Christmas tree with bows

These bows can be made in a wide variety of colors and sizes. This Christmas tree decoration will fit perfectly into any style, whether it is strict, consisting of just such bows, or a cheerful children's one, where bows are a fun addition to a great variety of New Year's toys.

A very big "plus" of such ribbon bows for the Christmas tree is that they are made very quickly! In any hour you can make a dozen of these decorations!

Why so many bows? Well, firstly, your Christmas tree can only be decorated with ribbon bows, secondly, with the help of such bows you can arrange any New Year's wish, rolled up in a scroll and inserted into a festive bright bow, and thirdly, New Year's costumes, a table and a room can be also decorate with fun bows! However, depending on the application, adjust the size of the bow itself!

Christmas tree bow, master class

Let's start our master class as soon as possible and you will learn all the stages of creating such a Christmas tree decoration.

Prepare and place in front of you:

  • Sharp scissors;
  • Bright ribbon 5 cm wide;
  • Ribbon, 2.5 cm wide;
  • Thin ribbon only 0.5 cm wide;
  • Needle and thread to match the ribbons;
  • Regular lighter.

To make one bow, you need to cut the prepared ribbons into small pieces:

  • A piece of the widest ribbon (5 cm long) 15 cm long - 4 pieces;
  • Pieces of medium-sized tape (2.5 cm) 15 cm long - 5 pieces;

We select four ribbons of each width, carefully place the narrow ribbon on the wide one, and align it strictly in the center!

And now we are faced with a very important task: to ensure a tight fastening of two ribbons superimposed one on top of the other and take measures to prevent the ribbon cuts from loosening! An ordinary lighter will help us with this! Thanks to her intervention, we will kill two birds with one stone with a slight movement of the hand - we will get rid of loosening and “fuse” the tapes together!

It is done like this: we bring a lit lighter to the edges of the ribbons and move it up and down - the edges begin to melt and burn (we do not let it burn, we blow it out). We should get an even fused cut:

See how four blanks should look like:

We bend our tape blanks in half. It's time to put all the details of our bow together.

Using a normal basting stitch for assembly, this is what it should look like:

We pull it together well, fasten it - we got this blank:

As you remember, we still have one more piece of tape left unused, 2.5 cm wide. Its time has come. We put this segment in front of us, visually mark its middle and sew along this line with the already familiar overcast seam:

You don’t need to cut the thread, just sew the ribbon to the finished workpiece.

And now let's remember about one more thin ribbon! With this ribbon. With a width of only 0.5 cm, we will carefully tie a bow in the center, decorate the middle, tie a loop - BOTTOM FOR THE CHRISTMAS made by yourself, completely ready!

I think. That your collection will not be limited to one bow, and the included fantasy will work with a vengeance, especially when it sees the result of its work:

Fantasize, dare, be creative . .. luck is on your side!

RGB LED 3528 or illuminate the Christmas tree

There is very little left before the New Year, so the review is on topic. This set was purchased specifically for the Christmas tree.

Previously, a protected RGB 5050 ribbon hung on the Christmas tree, bought 3 years ago offline for decent money, but it turned out to be of poor quality and now it shines like this ...

It does not make sense to use a protected tape on a room tree - metal decorations have not been made for a long time and short circuits are excluded.

The new tape is not suitable for general decorative lighting, as colored LEDs 3528 are spatially separated and it will not work to get a white color.

Bag of no interest to anyone

Everything is packed in a common antistatic bag


Hello Fish sticker on the package
Tape spool

The infrared controller and the remote control for it are the simplest possible, CR2025 batteries were not included in the kit

The total length of the tape is actually 498cm, width 8mm
After unwinding from the reel, half of the tape is crumpled with an accordion. This is not critical for me, but who will glue it will be very upset.

The tape turned out to be rather strange - soldered from pieces of 30LED (0.5m).

But that's not all - the segments are also different, 6LED (10cm) and 9LED (15cm), which alternate 6-9-6-9 ... The real reason why it was necessary to do this is unknown to me, I assume that the cutting ratio was 10-15-25…
Just in case, I sketched this strange circuit

Powered the tape with a 12V 2A network adapter
The seller stated 2.88 W / m, but actually cut 1 meter of tape consumes 4.6 W, apparently reinsured to exclude claims.

The segments are badly soldered to each other and while testing, the contact disappeared in different places. I had to re-solder all the connections of the segments and the problem was gone. All 300 LEDs were working.

Connectors for connection to the controller are soldered on both ends of the tape, but there is no tee in the kit.
On the one hand, all 5 meters cannot be powered, because. at the free end, the brightness of the glow will be significantly less than at the beginning of the connection.

A bit of theory
There are several ways to connect long LED strips, which have their own characteristics:

0. Wrong - connecting a long strip from one end.
Advantage - connection is nowhere easier.
The disadvantage is that the brightness of the glow at the free end drops significantly, the color balance is greatly disturbed.

1. Classic - connection at both ends.
Dignity - no need to solder, because. the connectors are already soldered, simple connection in the ring.
Disadvantage - in linear use, you have to pull 4 long wires to the end of the tape, the color balance is slightly off in the center of the tape.

2. Middle
Advantage - the minimum length of the connection wires
The disadvantage is that the wires must be soldered to the middle of the tape, the color balance is slightly off at the edges of the tape.

3. Diagonal
Advantage - only one wire goes to the end of the tape.
The disadvantage is that an increased voltage from the PSU is required to compensate for the voltage drop on the tape, the color balance is slightly disturbed.

4. Combined (1 + 2)
The advantage is a small voltage drop and, accordingly, the absence of a noticeable color imbalance.
Disadvantage - difficult connection.

To illustrate, I connected, measured and photographed the tape connection on one side.
The total power consumption of the entire tape turned out to be 12.04V x 0.982A = 11.8W
At the beginning of the tape, I measured the current on each LED (by the voltage drop across the current-limiting resistor).
R (12.04V) - 19.4mA
G (12.04V) - 16.6mA
B (12.04V) - 17.8mA
At the end of the tape, everything is very sad
R - 7.8mA
G - 1.8mA
B - 2.2mA
The current of the blue and green LEDs at the end of the tape is reduced by 8-9 times from the original!
Photos at different shutter speeds show this disgrace.

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