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How to Put Ribbon On A Christmas Tree (The Frustration-Free Way!)

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree Professionally with Ribbon

This easy, frustration-free guide will show you how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree so it looks like it was professionally decorated!


Getting the ribbon on your Christmas tree to look just right can be is a lot of hard work! You can spend hours trying to get the ribbon in the right place on the tree only to step back and realize you have a hot mess on your hands.

For years, I struggled with getting the ribbon to look good on my Christmas tree.  However, last year I discovered a Christmas tree hack to make your tree look like it was done by a professional. 

In past years, I have spent hours of my life figuring out how to wrap ribbon around a Christmas tree so that it looks like the images of those designer trees on Pinterest.  I never got the hang of it until I found the easiest way to make the ribbon look like it was cascading down the tree.  

This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you how to add ribbon to a Christmas tree and it’s a great alternative to more traditional methods that take a long time. However, with this beginner method for decorating a tree, you will get the same look without taking much time and spending less money.

I’ll show you this method on my own Christmas tree and include the same simple steps in the video tutorial as well! Whether you are after a traditional look or something more modern, putting on a Christmas tree no longer has to be the most cringe-worthy part of Christmas decorating!

LET ME SHOW YOU:

  • The easiest way to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon
  • How to select a color palette for your Christmas tree ribbon garland
  • How to put ribbon on Christmas trees of all sizes using less ribbon to save you money
  • Encouragement when it seems like your life is out of control in this week’s Renovate Your Faith devotional at the end of this post

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How to Add Ribbon to a Christmas Tree

This step-by-step tutorial is also on video so you can see exactly how to arrange the ribbon on your own tree. If you don’t see the video pop-up, look for the embedded version at the end of this post or click here: How To Put Ribbon on a Christmas Tree, YouTube Video

Also, don’t forget to get your free printable on how to update the look of your tree without getting all new decor: The EASIEST Way to Flock a Christmas Tree!

Supplies Needed to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Ribbon

Before You Get Started…don’t forget to check out these tips including how to make your tree look fuller and a great Christmas tree light hack: The Easy Way To Decorate A Christmas Tree Like A Professional

Rolls of Wired Christmas Ribbon in Various Widths – The width of my ribbon ranged from 2. 5″ to 3.5″ for my 7-and-a-half-foot Christmas tree.  I used three different types of ribbons.  I recommend getting three or four rolls of ribbon of each kind and returning any extra rolls later.  For that reason, don’t cut each roll until you are ready to put it on the tree.  Wired ribbon is ideal but you can make this work with an un-wired ribbon also. 

Here are several ribbon options:  Wired Christmas Tree Ribbon

A Good Pair of Scissors

 

Step 1 – How To Decorate a Christmas Tree with Ribbon Vertically

Before we start making our Christmas tree ribbon garland, it’s important to take a few minutes to plan out what we want our tree to look like.  Also, using the right type of ribbon will make this process so much easier!

What is the Best Type of Ribbon When Putting Ribbon on Christmas Trees?

A great thing about this process is that it is versatile. You can use different ribbons of various sizes and materials although wired ribbon is by far the easiest to use. Although I’ve tried different techniques to put ribbon on a tree, this is my favorite way because it takes less time and is more simple.

How Wide Should Christmas Tree Ribbon Be?

Although you can use different types of ribbon, the ribbon width is important. Use Christmas ribbon that is at least 2 inches wide and up to 4 inches wide. 

This year I used three kinds of ribbon of different widths for my Christmas tree ribbon garland ranging from 2.5 to 3.75 inches. Note: Mesh ribbon or loose burlap can be much wider because in most cases you will double it over or “scrunch” it some.

Ideas for Combining Different Textures and Styles of Christmas Tree Ribbon Garland

Now that you know the right size of wired ribbon, there are lots of fun ways to get ideas for the different types and colors of ribbon on your tree to get the look you want! You can find lots of pretty ribbon combinations on Instagram or Pinterest to give you a jumping-off point for your color palette: Christmas Tree Ribbon Decoration Ideas

Remember that you’ll get the greatest impact by mixing different colors of ribbon that coordinate but are not super close in shade. For example, two shades of red ribbon on a tree won’t look great but red and green ribbons and different but they coordinate!

To get more ideas for decorating with turquoise and red, click here: Red and Turquoise Christmas Decor Ideas On A Budget

Where to Buy Wired Ribbon to Decorate Your Christmas Tree

Be sure to use a wired ribbon for your tree as the wired edge allows the ribbon to be bent easily and tucked into the tree without readjusting later, which will make a huge difference in helping the loops to stay in place. Remember not to use thin ribbon as it is harder to loop and won’t make a big impact visually.

Below are great prices on different types of ribbon. Two popular alternatives to satin wired ribbon are mesh and burlap as it’s fun to mix textures to add visual interest to your beautiful tree.

You can find wired ribbon that is reasonably priced at Hobby Lobby or any other local craft stores. I like to use Amazon for low-cost wire ribbon:

Solid Christmas Ribbon on Amazon

Burlap Ribbon on Amazon

Buffalo Plaid Ribbon on Amazon

Mesh Ribbon on Amazon (you can fold it over lengthwise)

What is the Correct Order When Putting Ribbon on A Christmas Tree?

After you have put up your tree and it’s on a good base, it’s time to decorate! If you have an artificial Christmas tree, you can spread out the tree branches to fill any large gaps. I love the look of a full tree so I like to add some extra thickness to cover any bare spots.

I do this by adding a roll of green garland in between the rows of branches and you can see pictures and instructions on the best order to decorate a tree here: How to Decorate a Christmas Tree, Step-by-Step

One year I decided I wanted a flocked tree. For a lightly flocked look, I like to use this spray: Tree Flocking Spray on Amazon. The next step is to add the Christmas tree lights, and although my tree came prelit, I like to add additional strings of Christmas lights as shown in the link above.

Do you put ribbon or ornaments on the tree first?  I like to add my Christmas tree ribbon garland to the tree after adding the lights and before adding ornaments.  Every beautiful Christmas tree has lots of ornaments so we will fill in with large and smaller ornaments around the ribbon loops.

Step 2 – How to Put Ribbon Strips On A Christmas Tree

When adding ribbon to a Christmas tree, tutorials often tell you to use one long piece of ribbon that weaves in and out of the tree.   Others might instruct you to use a few longer strips.

But the absolute BEST tip I can give you when adding ribbon to a Christmas tree is to avoid working with one long piece of ribbon.  Long pieces are difficult to work with and in trying to fix one section of ribbon, you can easily pull another section too tight.

So, you know that beautiful wired ribbon you just bought for your tree?  Our first step is to cut it up into lots of smaller pieces.  But don’t worry, it’s going to be worth it and oh so pretty!  Also, I save my cut pieces of ribbon by re-rolling them on the spool from year to year.

Start with the ribbon you want to see most of on the tree.  I really like the look of my red and white striped ribbon so I added it first.  Cut a few three-foot strips at a time.  (Don’t cut up the whole spool until you are sure of the lengths you need for the size of your tufts.) I used shorter lengths of ribbon toward the top and slightly longer strips of ribbon on the bottom of the tree.

For my 7.5 foot tree, one three-foot strip is going to equal two swoops or waves.  You’ll start with the end of the ribbon and just tuck it into the tree.  Come down at an angle and tuck the middle part into the tree.  Now come out again for your second swoop and then tuck the end back into the tree.

Now, imagine where that next ribbon strip would go if it was one long piece. Add your second piece of ribbon and continue the process.

Renovated Faith: What’s In A Name?

God never leaves a project half-done…He continually works on each one of us, as a lavish expression of His amazing love and grace.  So many of my DIY projects remind me of how God renovates our hearts.  If you are a work-in-progress, just like I am, check out the Renovate Your Faith Devotional at the bottom of this post.  Click here to get a weekly reminder of new posts by email.

You want the “swoops” of your Christmas tree ribbon garland to be loose, never pulling tight against the branches in straight lines.   I like to imagine those little birds from Snow White decorating the tree by flying in and out the branches with one long piece of ribbon.  Okay, maybe I’m the only person that visualizes that. 

But regardless, you want to simulate the look of one very long piece of ribbon winding in and out of the tree.  That is super easy to accomplish with this method!

Also, it helps to have your ribbon coming down the tree in an angle.  It doesn’t matter if it’s coming down to the left or right but you don’t want it completely horizontal or straight vertical.

The main rule of thumb to remember is that you don’t need to get the ribbon perfect at this point. You’ll have an opportunity to get every loop how you want it in the end. The goal now is just to get the cut ribbon strips on the tree.

Note: Some tutorials say to use green pipe cleaners to attach the ribbon to the tree branches but I don’t feel it’s necessary, especially with using the wire ribbon.

 

Step 3 – How to Add Ribbon To A Christmas Tree From Top to Bottom

Go from the top of the tree to the bottom doing the same with each strip until you have some even distribution of that ribbon color through the tree like this. Keep adding strips to the back of the tree but don’t waste your time if the back can’t be seen by others.

Now, go through the tree with the second color of ribbon as I did with the white snowflake ribbon here.

As you are adding the ribbon, this is not the point that you want to be a perfectionist.  We will have an opportunity to get more detailed later.  For now, just get it on the tree!

Here is my third and final layer of turquoise ribbon.

Step 4 – Finishing Touches To Get the Look of Cascading Ribbon on a Christmas Tree

At this point, you should have all of your ribbon colors filling space on the entire tree without crossing over one another. Now, take a step back and touch up your ribbon by pulling out any loops that are too tight or even making your bow look like it is connected to the ribbon in the tree. You can adjust your ribbon loops a little bit but also remember that we will be filling in with ornaments which will make the look of your tree more cohesive.

When you get your ribbon exactly how you want it, start by adding larger ornaments first. This is where you can be strategic to cover any places where the ribbon strips end or begin making it look like the ribbon cascades behind the ornaments.

I added big snowflakes to my tree also or you can add big bows. If your ribbon is really bright, consider adding in some metallic ornaments if you are concerned about too much color.

After adding larger ornaments, I like to put special ornaments in the middle of the tree so they are more visible. Put the biggest ornaments at the bottom of the tree, especially if they are heavy. You can put small ornaments at the top of the tree or at the tips of branches.

Finally, add a tree skirt to the foot of the tree and you are done decorating!

How to Make a Christmas Tree Ribbon Topper

Of all the tree toppers, I like the ones that look like they are connected to the ribbon already in the tree.   For this bow, I used my super simple trick to make bows the easy way as I did here.

Bows for the top of your Christmas tree don’t have to be difficult to make with some of the shortcuts I take in the link above. You can also adjust the size of your bow easily by changing the size of your ribbon loops. I also give tips on how to attach your ribbon bow to the top branch.

RENOVATE YOUR FAITH: You Are God’s Handiwork

As I marveled at the finished tree, I couldn’t help but notice how the ribbon seemed to weave in and out in one intricate pathway that I couldn’t clearly comprehend.  Each loop seemed to twist and turn unpredictably through the branches, only to disappear and then peer out again in some other part of the tree.

Something about this was so familiar.  I loved the perceived intricacy of the ribbon, and although I didn’t weave the ribbon in one long strand through the tree, I loved the consistency and fluidity.   For this tree was some of my own handiwork and it brought me great satisfaction and joy. 

In the same way, we are God’s handiwork created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10)

He intricately weaves the events of our lives together as an ornate masterpiece.  We are His creation and our lives are delicately woven within the rhythms of His will. 

Life often feels perilous, snaking in directions that seem haphazard or unfamiliar.  But He knows the purpose of every turn, twist and curve.   Along the way, He is there to give us support, strength and constant assurance like the eternal branches of a strong evergreen.  As we follow the path of His will, we can rest in knowing that there is always an inherent continuity of His will and provision.

He has created you with an intricate purpose.  May our lives shine brightly with the radiance of Him, proclaiming His handiwork in our lives.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13,14

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FAQ’s: How to Put Ribbon on a Christmas Tree

How do you fluff a fake Christmas tree like a pro?

If you have an artificial tree, simply start from the bottom pulling the whole branch down and fanning out each smaller branch. You want to spread them out as far as they will go in an effort to fill any large gaps. If your tree still isn’t full enough, wrap some green Christmas garland around it to fill in like I do here: How Do You Make Your Christmas Tree Look Fuller?

How to Put Ribbon On A Pencil Christmas Tree

If you are wondering how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree that is very skinny, you follow the same process above but you will have the ribbon coming down at a little less of an angle. You don’t want it to come down completely vertically but just on more of a slant.

Do you Put Ribbon On A Tree Before Ornaments?

I like to put the lights, the topper, then the ribbon and the ornaments last. To see the full process, click here: How to Decorate a Christmas Tree Step-by-Step

How much ribbon do you need to decorate a Christmas tree?

For my 7.5″ tree I used 4 rolls of each color ribbon and ended up taking 2 or 3 back. Since it’s hard to gauge how much you will need, plan on getting extra and saving your receipt for returns. It also gives you another excuse to go into Hobby Lobby!

How to Put Ribbon on Christmas Trees of Different Sizes

You can use this technique on any style of Christmas tree. The small the three, the smaller ribbon width you should use. If you use a 3-inch ribbon on a 3-foot tree, you’re going to run out of space really fast. So, you 1″ wired ribbon on small trees. If you can’t find a wired ribbon that width, this technique still works really well with regular ribbon. Try adding in different textures of ribbon like grosgrain to make your tree more interesting.

You can also see how to make a super cute Christmas sign on a budget by clicking here: DIY Letter to Santa Sign

More Tips on How to Decorate a Christmas Tree With Ribbon

Be sure to check out my post here on how to decorate a tree!  It’s a step-by-step tutorial with lots of tips and tricks on how to arrange the lights, how to make the tree look fuller, and even how to pick your color scheme.  Also, be sure to click here to see the rest of my aqua and red Christmas decorations.

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Final Thoughts on How to Put Ribbon On a Tree

The Christmas season can be stressful so putting up your holiday decorations shouldn’t take more time than it needs to. Since the Christmas tree is most often the focal point of your holiday decor, it’s important to make the process as simple as possible!

With this tutorial on how to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon, you can make your own tree look like a designer Christmas tree without all the time and effort. Not only is this process fast but you can also save money as it doesn’t use as much ribbon as the traditional way. When it comes time to take your tree, make sure to roll up the strips of ribbon so you can have the perfect tree again for next year!

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Welcome to Renovated Faith, where I share about DIY projects, my faith and everything in between! When I’m not spending time with my family, you will find me redoing furniture in the garage or watering plants in my greenhouse. This blog is about transformation. Anyone can renovate a house but only God can transform our hearts!

How to Put Ribbon on a Christmas Tree (2020 Tutorial)

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

IN THIS ARTICLE: You’ll find my very popular How to Put Ribbon on a Christmas Tree Tutorial, updated and tweaked for 2020. You’ll learn how to get that beautiful, cascading ribbon effect that makes your Christmas tree look professionally decorated! Follow this easy, step-by-step tutorial to achieve loose, natural, waterfall ribbon Christmas tree! This tutorial has been used by many readers over the past 8 years, and the feedback has been awesome!

How to put ribbon on a Christmas tree is a question that I get asked a lot before every holiday season, and 2020 is no different. It’s why I first created this ribbon tutorial years ago. Decorating a Christmas tree with ribbon is actually not as tricky as you might think. Follow this beginner-level, step by step to tutorial to create gorgeous, cascading ribbon on your Christmas tree!

Truly beautiful. I have only decorated a tree a couple of times over the years and it looked like Charlie Brown’s.  Found your web site on Pinterest and thank you so much!  Now have a fit for a magazine tree! – from Laura

Your ribbon tip made our tree simply beautiful.  I’ve gotten lots of compliments.  Thank you. – from Rhonda

My Winter Wonderland themed Christmas tree with beautiful cascading ribbon.

What’s the Goal? Full, Natural, Cascading Ribbon!

There are lots of different tutorials out there on how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree. The one you should use really depends on the look you are trying to achieve. This method is how I usually put ribbon on my own Christmas tree.  It’s also a great method for beginners.

But, before getting into the ribbon tutorial, let’s start with our goal. In other words, what end result are we shooting for when we put ribbon on a Christmas tree? Well, it goes without saying that we want it to look beautiful and professional, right?!? But, more specifically:

THIS CHRISTMAS TREE RIBBON TUTORIAL AIMS FOR TREE WITH RIBBON THAT LOOKS LOOSE & NATURAL, WITH GORGEOUS A CASCADING RIBBON, WATERFALL EFFECT.

First: Fullness & Volume

First, this Christmas tree ribbon tutorial will help your Christmas tree look FULL. You can see from the these Christmas trees I’ve decorated over the past few years that I’m not a minimalist when it comes to decorating trees!  I love a tree that is is chockablock full of ribbon gorgeousness!  When placed properly on a tree, ribbon creates volume, and fills in any areas of the tree that are sparse or uneven.

Second: Loose, Natural Ribbon

Second, this Christmas ribbon tutorial allows your tree ribbon to look NATURAL. Often, ribbon on a Christmas tree is wrapped MUCH too tightly. Or, it looks too uniform and robotic, leaving the tree looking like a strangled mummy, lol. This is not what we want! Instead, the ribbon should blend into your tree effortlessly, so that the ornaments can be the stars.  Ribbon shouldn’t be distracting or the focal point.

Third: Cascading Ribbon (Waterfall)

Third, your Christmas tree ribbon should appear cascading, or as it’s sometimes called, a waterfall effect. You can see in these photos of Christmas trees I’ve decorated with ribbon how it’s woven loosely through the branches in a downward effect. This creates a natural, unstructured look where the ribbon falls gently at the base of the tree.  This cascading ribbon, waterfall technique is the method I’ll show you in this tutorial.

Easy, Step by Step Tutorial: How to Put Ribbon on a Christmas Tree

OK, so now that you know what we are aiming for, let’s dig into the tutorial! If you’ve been wondering how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree to achieve this full, natural look, don’t stress! You don’t have to be a professional decorator, I promise. I’ve got you covered with this simple tutorial on how to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon in just a few easy steps!

I wanted to do something different this year and stumbled on to your page. Lucky me! Best tree ever!” – from Marita

Step 1: Buy your ribbon supplies.

My method for how to put ribbon on a Christmas tree uses an assortment of wired ribbon.  I like to create visual interest by using several different coordinating rolls of wired ribbon in different patterns or textures. This gives the illusion that you used a lot more ribbon than you did (um, yay!), so it’s great for big or sparse trees.

I recommend you buy three (3) different (but coordinating !) ribbons that look great together. It’s OK if your 3 ribbons are all different widths. This actually creates more visual interest. Your ribbon should be wired, and it should range from 2.5″-4″ in width. To illustrate, if you are going for a traditional looking Christmas tree, you might decide to purchase the following 3 ribbons: a red plaid ribbon, a plain red ribbon, and a gold ribbon for a bit of sparkle. Whatever the look is that you want, choose 3 ribbons that suit your taste and look good together. You’ll need to buy these 3 different ribbons in multiple rolls of each.

I chose 3 coordinating champagne-hued ribbons: a sparkly mesh ribbon, a wired satin ribbon, and a wired sheer ribbon.

One of the most asked questions in this part of the tutorial is how much ribbon do you need for your Christmas tree or how many rolls of ribbon should I purchase? You can find out exactly how much ribbon you will need for your tree, and get answers to all your burning questions about buying the right Christmas ribbon, in my article, “How Much Ribbon for a Christmas Tree? (Plus, All Things Ribbon). In the article, I cover:

  • How much ribbon to buy for your Christmas tree
  • Where to buy ribbon for your Christmas tree (the best sources)
  • What type of ribbon you should buy
  • How wide your ribbon should be
  • How to choose coordinating ribbon patterns

Step 2: Fluff up your empty Christmas tree (lights only).

OK, now that you have your ribbon, you are ready to begin. Start by fluffing up your empty tree (lights only). If your tree is real or it’s not already pre-lit, put lights on it first. A fluffed up, lit tree is the foundation for any beautifully decorated Christmas tree. I always put ribbon on a lit Christmas tree before adding anything else. It makes it so much easier than having to work around ornaments.  Plus, it allows you to get the ribbon deep into the tree, which is what creates the fullness you’re looking for. (Also see my method for the best order to decorate your tree.)

Step 3: Cut your ribbon.

My tutorial requires cutting your ribbon before you start putting it on the tree. This makes it MUCH easier to work with. (Note: BUT if you feel you might have purchased too much ribbon for your Christmas tree, don’t cut it all until you need to. That way, you can return it!) Cut ribbon strips about 4-6ft in length from each of your ribbon types. The precise ribbon length is not critical.  A shorter length is a bit easier to work with for any ribbon rookies. A longer length will just give a more flowing effect.  But, there’s no right or wrong here.

Here’s an important tip: Before cutting your ribbon, the it fall off the roll naturally, and then snip it.  This will give a round, flowing shape to the ribbon that will help when you put your ribbon on the Christmas tree.

Step 4: Create ribbon ‘bundles’.

Once you have cut your strips from each of your coordinating ribbon rolls, you are going to create ribbon ‘bundles ‘to add to your Christmas tree. Each bundle will consist of three (3) strips of ribbon, one of each ribbon type. To create a bundle, lay two of the strips on top of each other lengthwise, and pinch them in the middle. Next, tie the third strip around the other two in the middle with a knot. Your bundle should have a loose knot in the middle, with 3 strips of ribbon hanging down on each side. Now, repeat! Keep creating bundles until you’ve used up all your cut ribbon strips.

Cut your ribbon into three 4-6 foot long strips. Place two ribbon strips on top of each other. Then, tie a loose knot in the middle of them with your third ribbon strip.Your ribbon bundle should look like this.

Step 5: Take a quick break! You earned it.

Woot, you’ve worked hard and earned a break! Grab a coffee, tea or glass of wine and come on back in a few minutes. When you’re settled, click below, to take you to the rest of the tutorial! The magic is about to begin!

I’M READY! TAKE ME TO THE REST OF THIS RIBBON TUTORIAL! >>


Looking for more Christmas tree decorating ideas?

Here are some of my all time favourite past Christmas tree decorating posts. Three of these Christmas trees were recently featured in Women’s Day’s round up of 30+ Christmas Trees that are Straight Up Magical!

Cozy Red Plaid Cottage Christmas Decor Home Tour

Navy Blue and Silver Christmas Theme Home Tour

All White & Sparkly Christmas Decorating Home Tour

Winter Wonderland Christmas Decor Theme Home Tour

My DIY Disney Frozen Christmas Tree

My Nutcracker Christmas Tree (Sugar Plum Fairy)

Oh, and don’t forget to read:

My #1 Christmas Decorating Tip

Jute tree

Jute tree master class.

There is very little time left before the new year, but you really want to make some kind of New Year's souvenir for yourself or your family. A jute Christmas tree can be a wonderful gift for both family and friends. And most importantly, it is done very quickly and easily. In general, many interesting and original crafts and souvenirs can be created from jute, if there is a desire. The author of this master class is Zalina.

To make a Christmas tree you will need:
* Jute cord.
* PVA glue.
* Thermal gun.
* Beads, rhinestones, etc. to decorate the Christmas tree.
* Plastic bottle or thin cardboard.

How to make a jute Christmas tree:
Take a plastic bottle and cut off its neck and bottom. From the middle we make a cone and fix it with tape. You can also make a cone out of cardboard. Here, if you wish, look at what you will create the basis for making a Christmas tree from.

We should get something like this cone. The advantage of a plastic bottle cone is that it is reusable. The downside is that the Christmas trees are small. The cone can be made of thin cardboard and wrapped with tape so that it does not stick to the jute and can be easily removed. From cardboard, you can make Christmas trees of different sizes.

Take jute and unwind several small hanks of jute from it.

We take a small jar and dilute PVA glue 1:1 with water in it and lower jute hanks into this mass. Leave them for a few minutes in this solution so that they are well saturated.

Next, we take out the hanks from the glue and wring them out a little, we do this so that we don’t drip from the hanks while working with it. We begin to wrap our workpiece cone with jute. We wrap it the way we like best, often, or not very much. Generally optional. Then we coat well with undiluted PVA and leave to dry. You can put it like this at night, Zalina dries on a heater.

When our jute Christmas tree has dried well, it can be painted. We will paint with spray paint from a cylinder, it conveniently paints over all places that are inaccessible to us.

Now let's get to the most interesting part. We take everything you have: beads, buttons, rhinestones, etc. And with the help of a thermal gun or glue, we decorate our Christmas tree for a second.

Here we have such a nice tree made of jute. You can leave it unchanged, or you can make some other decor for it.

If you like the result, then you can leave our Christmas tree. But Zalina decided to embellish it a little more. We will decorate the Christmas tree with a Christmas tree and a small-yusenka poinsettia. Let's start with a spruce branch. We cut off a strip of foamiran of arbitrary length, about 2. 5-3 cm wide. We cut a thin fringe on it, not reaching the edge of 0.5 cm.

The adhesive is marked with a black spot on the strip. We apply a little glue to this place and begin to wind the fringe on the wire at an angle of 45 degrees. Glue can be used silicone or second.

We create a branch of the size we need more or not. Here's what we should be able to do with you.

Now we will make a small foamiran poinsettia. With a hole punch from red foamiran, we cut out blanks of 9 pieces, 3 for each flower.

With the help of teip tape we connect three stamens together into small bundles.

String each piece of poinsettia on the needle, crimp gently around the needle and three between the fingers.

We slightly straighten the blanks and collect them with glue for a second into a flower. On 1 bunch of stamens, alternately through the hole in the center we string the workpieces processed on a needle. Here is our mini poinsettia ready. If you want to learn how to create a large foamiran poinsettia then watch the master class HERE.

With the help of any glue we fix our branch to the Christmas tree in the right place and admire the work done. That's it, the jute tree for a gift is ready.

Jute can also be used to create other interesting crafts that will decorate your interior and give it a unique look.

We thank the author for the useful and interesting material on making jute Christmas trees and look forward to new interesting ideas.

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How to decorate a Christmas tree. Instructions for decorating a Christmas tree for the New Year

So, you have already started preparing for the New Year, and have acquired a wonderful holiday tree. It can be either a fragrant live Christmas tree or a practical artificial beauty that will last for more than one year.

Stage 1. Preparation.

If you choose an artificial spruce, be sure to lightly wipe the branches with a damp cloth to remove dust, debris, etc. If heavily soiled, rinse the product under the shower.

Do not rush to put a live Christmas tree in the center of your festive interior. Let the tree adjust to the temperature conditions at home. To do this, as soon as you brought the spruce into the apartment, leave it with tied branches in the hallway or in the corner of the room. Place the saw cut with a wet cloth. Within 1-2 days, let the Christmas tree "get used" to room temperature.

Step 2 Installation.

Once your artificial Christmas tree has dried from the wet procedures, you can start assembling. First, assemble and secure the base of the trunk so that the tree is stable. Further, as a rule, the lowest branches are installed, moving to the top. However, we recommend that you read the manufacturer's instructions, as today there are different types of artificial Christmas tree designs.

Planting a live tree will require more skill. After the tree has adjusted to room temperature, carefully cut or untie the strings, taking care not to damage the branches and needles. It is advisable to file the trunk of the tree a little. This will remove the dried resin and level the base. However, you should not cut too much so that the length of the trunk is sufficient for installation in a stand. If, nevertheless, the base turned out to be short, you will have to file the lower branches.

In addition, it is recommended to remove some bark from the bottom of the trunk so that the herringbone can absorb water.

The tree can now be lifted carefully. Having brought the spruce to a vertical position, evaluate its shape. The disadvantage of living Christmas trees is that their branches can be of different lengths and volumes, and they can also be unevenly distributed from different sides. If your spruce turned out to be fluffy on only one side, the best solution in this case would be to place the tree in the corner of the room. Or rotate the tree so that only the favorable side is in view.

Now tilt the tree again to set the top. It can be a star, a dome, a snowflake, an angel, etc. They can be with or without backlight - your choice.

To make your forest beauty stand proudly above the rest of the interior, use a special stand-holder. Stands can have a different design. The most stable and durable are metal stands with widely spaced legs. However, many install a live Christmas tree in a bucket of sand, which is also acceptable.

Stage 3 Decoration.

This step is perhaps the most enjoyable and creative. The festive "outfit" of the Christmas tree depends solely on your imagination and the set of Christmas toys and decorations that you have.

However, there are a few general principles for decorating a Christmas tree.

  1. Decorate the trunk with gold or silver tinsel or rain. Wrap the tinsel around the trunk evenly from top to bottom.
  2. To make the Christmas tree sparkle, you can buy regular glitter hairspray. Spray it on the surface of the tree. Another option - artificial snow in a spray can - to create snow-covered branches.
  3. Before you start hanging your Christmas toys and balls, decorate your Christmas tree with electric lights. If there are several, start with the one with the larger bulbs. Such a garland should be hung closer to the trunk. Place an electric garland with small lights along the edge of the branches. Try to hide the wires from the garlands between the branches and needles. You can also decorate them with tinsel or rain.
  4. As for the arrangement of toys on the Christmas tree, it is important, first of all, to observe the proportions and color combination. Large decorations look more advantageous at the top of the tree. It’s also good to leave a little “emptiness” so that the tree does not look overloaded, and the guests can see the beauty of the tree itself. Don't go overboard with the amount of decorations so that your Christmas tree doesn't look ridiculous and ridiculous.
  5. The color range of toys and their design is a matter of taste for every owner. However, in order for the Christmas tree to look stylish and fit into the surrounding interior, we recommend choosing balls of 2-3 colors or decorations of 2-3 types. For example, you can decorate the Christmas tree with golden tinsel, plain balls (red, blue, etc.) and decorate the branches with bows or bells.
  6. In many families, it is customary to hang handmade sweets and decorations on the Christmas tree. This will add coziness and special home warmth to your Christmas tree. You can make these decorations with your kids and place them on the Christmas tree.
  7. Another good tradition is to hang a new toy on a festive tree every year. As a rule, this is a figurine of the symbol of the year. It is believed to bring good luck and wealth in the New Year.
  8. How to decorate the base of the Christmas tree? The base can be covered with a white cloth or cotton wool (as "snow"), decorated with fluffy tinsel. Figures of Santa Claus and the Snow Maiden, various New Year's characters - deer, snowmen, angels, as well as gingerbread houses, baskets of fruits and sweets are often placed under the Christmas tree.
  9. A live Christmas tree is usually very fragrant in itself and fills the house with a pleasant pine smell. An artificial tree does not have such an aroma. However, you can solve this problem by purchasing a good room or car air freshener. Now on sale is a wide range of such flavors.
  10. Perhaps the most important thing about decorating a Christmas tree is safety. In the New Year, many people forget about the elementary rules that help to avoid tragedy. First, when buying, check the quality of the electric garlands - they must have reliable insulation without damage. Flimsy products that are in doubt, it is better not to take.

Do not hang paper decorations, toys made of cotton wool, cloth or other flammable materials near the garland bulbs.


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