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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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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree Professionally With Ribbon

Karin Peters

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!

The BEST Christmas Tree Ribbon Tutorial (+video)

How to add ribbon to a Christmas tree: the ultimate step-by-step guide to decorating your Christmas tree with ribbon for a professional, high-end look including bows, tips for wired and unwired ribbon, along with diagonal, horizontal and vertical techniques.

The question I am asked most frequently is "How do you add ribbon to your Christmas tree?" (also how to choose and buy an artificial flocked Christmas tree and also how to set up and fluff an artificial Christmas tree) and I am going to share all of my best tips and tricks with you today! These tips are for both real and artificial Christmas trees, but If you are looking to change up or refresh your tree this year, check out my tutorial for how to flock a Christmas tree!

Whether it is a green tree, a flocked tree (here are 25 beautiful flocked trees ideas by the way), or a tinsel tree, this step-by-step tutorial will help you get your Christmas tree ribbon the way you want it to look.

Before we begin, you may want to check out my post on

Why add Ribbon to a Tree?

  1. First, it is beautiful! It adds an elegant movement to the tree that ornaments and other objects just can't.
  2. Second, it is budget-friendly! You can make your tree look much fuller for less money when you fill some of it with ribbon.
  3. It is easy to change out with changing styles and trends, or just when you feel like something different. I recommend investing in neutral ornaments that you can use from year to year and adding your color and personality through ribbon!

Where to buy Christmas Tree ribbon

Another question I am asked frequently is "Where do you buy your Christmas tree ribbon?" I know, the struggle is real! I always update my Christmas sources page with my favorite ribbons, but finding Christmas tree ribbon can be so challenging at times. Here are my tips:

  1. Try a variety of places. The places I buy ribbon most frequently include: TJ Maxx, Homegoods, Costco, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and JoAnn Fabrics. I also always check local shops and boutiques. I keep my favorite Christmas ribbon links updated in my Christmas sources page and also in my Amazon Storefront.
  2. Look for color and pattern without being too particular about width. I have used anywhere from 1 1/2" to 6" width ribbon on my trees. My main focus is always finding the color and style that will match my decor. I will show you how to use both thin and wider ribbons.
  3. Don't be afraid to mix and match ribbons! Are you having a hard time finding the ribbon that has everything you want? Feel free to use more than one coordinating ribbon on a tree. This is a great way to add texture and pattern as well.

How much Ribbon for a tree?

How much ribbon you add to your tree will depend on the thickness of your ribbon, the amount of ornaments you use, and the look you are wanting to achieve. It also depends on the size of your tree and whether it backs up to a wall or needs to be decorated completely on all sides.

My technique uses significantly less ribbon than most, while still appearing to have the perfect amount visually.

If you want the look of a tree dripping with ribbon, you will need more and if you like it more sparse, you will need less. But, to give an example, the ribbon amount that I prefer for my main tree is approximately 2, 30 ft. rolls for my 7 1/2 ft tree.

My main tree is usually about 90% decorated as there is a very small sliver on the back that can't be seen. With that said, I do bounce and tuck the ribbon around the sides of the trees for the most part. The tree in my bedroom, for instance, I use about 1 roll because I don't decorate the entire back half of the tree.

How to Add Christmas Tree Ribbon

Step 1: Fluff the Tree and Test the Lights

The first step is preparing your Christmas tree for ribbon is to fluff the branches, and check the lights to make sure they are working properly. I know, I know. This step might be the least exciting, but it is arguably one of the most important steps.

When the tree is fluffed and pretty it ensures all of the ornaments and ribbon lay nicely. You can see my post and video on how to set up and fluff artificial trees for the most comprehensive tutorial and best tips.

Be sure to keep these important things in mind:

  1. Secure the base in the location you want and plug in the lights.
  2. Add the first section, testing the plugs and lights as you go.
  3. "Fluff" section by making sure all of the branches are separated and not smashed.
  4. Repeat until tree is completely assembled.

Step 2: Add Large Ornaments and Decor

I have discovered, after a many years of trial and error, that adding ornaments before the ribbon creates the best end result. There seems to be some controversy on this, but I will break down how I do it so you can see why it just works better!

There are two big reasons to add ribbon to your tree after the ornaments. First, it will save time and money, and second, it is easier to control the flow and direct

I wrote a post all about how to decorate a Christmas tree with all of my best tips and secrets, including ornament placement, but here is the abbreviated version:

  1. Start with any picks, berries, floral stems, branches.
  2. Add tree topper, large ornaments and large tree decor.
  3. Add ribbon (follow tutorial below).
  4. Lastly, add smaller ornaments, anything super delicate, anything that clips to the branches, and tinsel if you choose

Note: If you are using a very thin ribbon or tying ribbon into bows on the branches, you will add those at the very end, saving only the most delicate ornaments, if needed, for afterward.

Step 3: Cut Ribbon into Strips

This is one of my little secret tree decorating tips that I swear by. Cut up that roll of ribbon into 3- 5 ft. manageable strips!

It seems people are afraid of cutting into ribbon, like they will ruin it. Many people start at the top of the tree and wind their way all the way down to the bottom. While I think that can be a fun look, it eats up much more ribbon than my technique. I also just prefer the look of a more organic and random application with my ribbon.

Instead, I bounce and weave these smaller lengths of ribbon which achieves this elegant and professional look I love.

Step 4: Bounce, Loop and Tuck ribbon

There are many ways to add ribbon to your Christmas tree, but this technique is my favorite, the easiest, and the one that produces the most beautiful tree. I mostly use wired ribbon, but I will include my favorite non-wired techniques as well.

If you prefer horizontally wrapped ribbon, you can use the same techniques, modifying them to the direction you wish for them to go.

If you are more of a visual learner, you'll want to be sure to watch the video above to see how to add ribbon to a Christmas tree.

Wired Ribbon
  1. Start at approximately eye level, or a little bit higher, and nestle one end of your ribbon into a natural opening between ornaments. You will not need to do anything extra to tie or secure your ribbon into the tree. It should stay in place. If it needs a little extra support, nestle it in between the smaller pieces of a branch.
  2. Bounce the ribbon diagonally down and to the left (or right, depending on where you have other holes in the tree. I usually go to the left for my first piece)
  3. Tuck in each point the meets the tree, creating a bouncing or jumping effect. Tip- let the ribbon naturally crinkle and wave for a more organic feel.
  4. Repeat the bouncing and tucking 2 or 3 times until you reach the end of your first piece of ribbon.
  5. Tuck in the end of your piece of ribbon the same way as you did the beginning.
  6. Find another hole in the tree close to the middle of your first ribbon and that is where you will begin your second piece. Tip- for the most professional result, you will want to look at the tree as a whole, wrapping and bouncing the ribbon onto all sides that can be seen.
  7. Repeat the above steps to create the bouncing effect, this time going down and in the opposite direction (to the right for me). The goal is to keep the eye moving throughout the tree, creating visual movement, softness, and interest. Tip- you can also apply all of the ribbons in the same (parallel) direction, or in sets of 2 (parallel, opposite, parallel). See below.
  8. Repeat until your tree is finished. You can add as little or as much ribbon as you want. Just be sure to add it evenly spaced throughout the tree, filling in the natural holes created by my easy ornament spacing technique.
Non-wired ribbon Techniques

While I prefer wired ribbon for my trees, I have had instances where I found the perfect color and style ribbon that wasn't wired. Using these techniques, they are gorgeous in a tree as well!

  1. Bounce and curl. For this technique, I tuck in my ribbon like I did for the wired version above except as I bounce it around the tree, I turn and flip the ribbon creating a curling look. It is very whimsical and pretty, with a ton of visual movement.
  2. Bows. Once you have all of your ornaments on the Christmas tree, you can also cut lengths of ribbon to tie bows onto the branches. I generally tie bows and then wire them to the end of the branches so they are easier and look exactly how I want them to. You could also tie lengths directly to the tree itself.

Step 5: Repeat with a Coordinating Ribbon (optional)

At this point, you will want to take a step back to see if there are any bare spots on your tree where the ribbon looks off-balance. If so, you will want to fill them in with small lengths of the same ribbon. It is perfectly okay to cut short lengths that you will only get one "bounce" out of.

If you want to use a coordinating ribbon, I prefer to tuft and tuck them in the general area that I did my first ribbon. I like the way it feels visually to have the ribbons clustered together rather than just alternately evenly spaced throughout the tree. This creates some breathing room and is visually pleasing.

Step 6: Add Remaining Small Ornaments

Once my ribbon is all finished, I add my remaining small and delicate ornaments. While the bigger ornaments are more set back into the tree, the smaller ornaments are layered on the outside toward the edge of the branches. This creates the most beautiful depth and richness.

Horizontal, Vertical, or Clustered

By tweaking this tutorial technique, you can customize it to fit your style and preferences. Here are some of my favorite ways to apply the ribbon steps to achieve different looks.

Christmas Tree Ribbon Tips and Tricks

Step away from the tree.

If you are frustrated, just walk away for a while. Resist the urge to do, redo, redo, redo and redo again. You know those times where you are looking at a word and all of a sudden it just doesn't look right, and you are wondering if that is really how it is spelled or if you have just been looking at it for too long? The same goes for your tree. If you look at anything too long, you will think it looks weird. Walk away, and come back later. When seeing it with fresh eyes, you will be able to see what works and what needs to be reworked.

Perfection is overrated, and in this case, your Christmas tree will look better if it isn't perfect!

If you are trying out a trend, do it with ribbon.

My recommendation is to begin a collection of ornaments that you love that will last you a long time. You can collect and add onto these over the years. Mercury glass is mine. I LOVE my mercury glass ornaments and will most likely always love them.

I prefer the neutral base as my jumping off point and then I can get creative or playful with ribbon. Changing out the ribbon every few years is much easier and less expensive than changing out the ornaments.

Use your Coupons 

It seems that I usually use between 2 and 5 spools (10-25 yards each) of ribbon for each one of my trees. I love finding unique and textural ribbon which can get expensive, but if you use a coupon they often end up being less expensive than even the cheaper kinds.

Christmas Tree Ribbon Ideas 

There are so many things that you can use as Christmas tree ribbon!

I have used garlands, buntings, flags, crystal ropes, sparkly wrap things, tulle, feather boas, mesh, etc. If there is something that really catches your eye or that you really love, build your tree decor around it!

One year I used fabric that I had on hand that I ripped into strips because we didn't really have it in the budget to buy a bunch of Christmas decor. I ended up loving the way it looked. For another tree, I used thick, long strips of wrapping paper that I crinkled up to create a rustic effect for a ribbon.

This is a great mindset to have because it can be very budget friendly. It can also leave the door open for materials with the exact color or style you are looking for.

For more Christmas decor ideas, check out my Christmas trees and easy DIY Wooden Christmas tree box!

Christmas Tree Ribbon Video

Here is a video walking you through the ribbon decorating on a few of my trees!

Feel free to print out this how-to card for easy reference:

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How to Add Ribbon to a Christmas Tree

The ultimate step-by-step guide to decorating your Christmas tree with ribbon for a professional, high-end look.

Author Kristen | Ella Claire & Co.

  • 1 Christmas Tree Your preference- flocked, green unflocked, tinsel, etc.
  • 2 -5 spools ribbon (10-25 yards each)
Prepare and Fluff the Christmas Tree (use this step for artificial tree)
  1. Secure the base in the location you want and plug in the lights.

  2. Add the first section, testing the plugs and lights as you go.“Fluff” section by making sure all of the branches are separated and not smashed.

  3. Repeat until tree is completely assembled.

Add Large Ornaments and Decor
  1. Start with any picks, berries, floral stems, branches.

  2. Add tree topper, large ornaments and large tree decor.

  3. Add ribbon (follow tutorial below)

  4. Lastly, add smaller ornaments, anything super delicate, anything that clips to the branches, and tinsel if you choose

Cut the Ribbon Into Strips
  1. Cut up that roll of ribbon into 3- 5 ft. manageable strips

Wired Ribbon
  1. Start at approximately eye level, or a little bit higher, and nestle one end of your ribbon into a natural opening between ornaments. You will not need to do anything extra to tie or secure your ribbon into the tree. It should stay in place. If it needs a little extra support, nestle it in between the smaller pieces of a branch.

  2. Bounce the ribbon diagonally down and to the left (or right, depending on where you have other holes in the tree. I usually go to the left for my first piece)

  3. Tuck in each point the meets the tree, creating a bouncing or jumping effect. Tip- let the ribbon naturally crinkle and wave for a more organic feel.

  4. Repeat the bouncing and tucking 2 or 3 times until you reach the end of your first piece of ribbon.

  5. Tuck in the end of your piece of ribbon the same way as you did the beginning.

  6. Find another hole in the tree close to the middle of your first ribbon and that is where you will begin your second piece.

    *Tip- for the most professional result, you will want to look at the tree as a whole, wrapping and bouncing the ribbon onto all sides that can be seen.

  7. Repeat the above steps to create the bouncing effect, this time going down and in the opposite direction (to the right for me). The goal is to keep the eye moving throughout the tree, creating visual movement, softness, and interest.

    *Tip- you can also apply all of the ribbons in the same (parallel) direction, or in sets of 2 (parallel, opposite, parallel). See below.

  8. Repeat until your tree is finished. You can add as little or as much ribbon as you want. Just be sure to add it evenly spaced throughout the tree, filling in the natural holes.

Non-Wired Ribbon
  1. For this technique, I tuck in my ribbon like I did for the wired version above except as I bounce it around the tree, I turn and flip the ribbon creating a curling look. It is very whimsical and pretty, with a ton of visual movement.

  2. Bows. Once you have all of your ornaments on the Christmas tree, you can also cut lengths of ribbon to tie bows onto the branches. I generally tie bows and then wire them to the end of the branches so they are easier and look exactly how I want them to. You could also tie lengths directly to the tree itself.

Repeat with Coordinating Ribbon (optional)
  1. Repeat steps above with a coordinating ribbon. I prefer to tuft and tuck them in the general area, or moving in the same direction, as I did my first ribbon.

Add Remaining Small Ornaments
  1. Add remaining small and delicate ornaments.

  2. Add tinsel, if desired. While the bigger ornaments are more set back into the tree, the smaller ornaments are layered on the outside.

Note- If you are more of a visual learner, see the video tutorial! 

Note- Skip the first "Prepare and Fluff the Christmas Tree" steps if you are using a live tree.  

Note- If you are using a very thin ribbon or tying ribbon into bows on the branches, you will add those at the very end, saving only the most delicate ornaments, if needed, for afterward.

Did I miss anything? I would love to hear your own tips, questions, and comments below! SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

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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 regular 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!

Do-it-yourself ribbon bows for the Christmas tree, 7 master classes

The stores have a huge assortment of beautiful Christmas toys, stars, cones, bows and many other New Year's accessories. Factory production produces beauty in large quantities and it can be found on the Christmas tree in different families - and that's good! However, you want to do something special and unique, and your skillful hands will help you with this. In this article we will look at: how to make bows for a Christmas tree from ribbons with your own hands.

Content

  • 1 chic bant of satin ribbons
    • 1.1 Master class
  • 2 Flower bant from tapes
    • 2.1 Master class
    • 3 Original Balti from risks
      • .1 Master class
    • 4 Christmas ribbon bow
      • 4.1 Master class
    • 5 Classic satin ribbon bow
      • 5.1 Master class
      • 9004 5 6 bow0032
      • 6. 1 Master class
    • 7 Extravagant Bant of satin ribbons
      • 7.1 Master class
    • Shikan ban from satin ribbons

      9000

      You will need: Krasnaya tape 5 cm. 2.5 cm, white ribbon 0.5 cm wide, needle, thread, lighter, scissors.

      Workshop

      1. Prepare 4 pieces of 15 cm each from a red 5 cm ribbon.
      2. Prepare 5 pieces, each 15 cm long, from 2.5 cm wide white tape.
      3. Melt the ends of the ribbons using a lighter.
      4. Fold the workpieces in half.
      5. Assemble the bow from the blanks using a thread with a needle. Carefully do this work with a basting seam.
      6. Pull and fasten the thread.
      7. Sew the remaining white ribbon into the center of the bow.
      8. Prepare a piece of the thinnest white ribbon and sew it as a pendant to the length you need.

      A chic satin ribbon bow is ready! I recommend watching this video!

      DIY crafts - How to Make Bow / Simple Way to Make ribbon bow / diy decorative bow / Julia DIY


      Watch this video on YouTube width, scissors, thread with a needle, lighter, rhinestone.

      Workshop

      1. Prepare 7 pieces of the same size.
      2. Fold the piece in half and cut the ends diagonally. Repeat this process with all segments.
      3. Melt the ends of the ribbons using a lighter.
      4. Thread the pieces with a needle as shown in the picture.
      5. Tighten and secure the bow.
      6. Prepare a thin ribbon and fasten it in the center.
      7. Attach a rhinestone to the center of the bow.
      8. Prepare a piece of ribbon and sew it as a pendant in the length you need.

      The ribbon flower bow is ready!

      Original ribbon bow

      You will need: textured ribbons of two colors of the same size, scissors, lighter, thread, needle.

      Workshop

      1. Prepare 2 pieces of the same size in each color.
      2. Fold in half and cut the ends diagonally.
      3. Melt the ends of the ribbons using a lighter.
      4. Fold the ribbons in a cross pattern and sew in the center.
      5. Tighten the thread, wind it around the center and fasten off.
      6. Prepare a thin piece of ribbon and decorate the center.
      7. Prepare a piece of ribbon and sew it as a pendant to the desired length.

      The original ribbon bow is ready! I recommend watching this video!

      How to make a BOW FROM A RIBBON of any size / Satin ribbon Bow / ✿ NataliDoma


      Watch this video on YouTube

      Christmas ribbon bow

      You will need: textured ribbons of different widths, scissors, lighter, thread, needle.

      Workshop

      1. Prepare a piece of the widest tape. It will be the base and should be larger than the other two parts.
      2. Fold it 3 times.
      3. Gather in the center and tighten with string.
      4. Wrap the thread around the center, then fasten off.
      5. In the same way form the middle bow, it should be smaller than the previous one.
      6. Sew the bows in the center.
      7. Form a small third bow and sew it to the two bows in the center.
      8. Prepare a thin piece of ribbon and decorate the center.
      9. Make 10 small equal cuts and twist them with scissors.
      10. Sew the pieces together to form a curly flower, then sew into the center of the bow.

      Christmas ribbon bow is ready!

      Classic satin ribbon bow

      You will need: 5.5 cm wide satin white ribbon, gold cord or other pendant, 3 gold sequins and 3 beads, needle, thread, scissors, lighter.

      Tutorial

      1. Prepare a ribbon 55 cm long.
      2. Fold in half and cut the ends diagonally.
      3. Melt the ends of the ribbons using a lighter.
      4. Fold the ribbon into a bow shape as shown.
      5. Sew the center of the bow with thread, then pull off.
      6. Prepare a 5x5 cm square of white ribbon.
      7. Melt the cuts with a lighter.
      8. Fold the square in half, sew along the edge and turn inside out.
      9. Place this strip around the center of the bow and sew at the back.
      10. Sew on sequins and beads.
      11. Prepare a cord 14 cm long, form and sew a loop.

      The classic satin ribbon bow is ready! I recommend watching this video!

      Satin ribbon bow 🎀Laço de Cetim 🎀 Satin Ribbon bow 🎀laço de fita


      Watch this video on YouTube

      Festive bow

      You will need: red transparent ribbon with a pattern 5 cm wide, red nylon thin ribbon, thread, needle, scissors.

      Master class

      1. Fold the tape in such a way that you get a loop.
      2. Make a loop on the other side to make a figure eight.
      3. Flatten the ribbon into a bow shape as shown.
      4. Tie down the center with thread.
      5. Prepare a thin red ribbon 24 cm long, wrap one end around the center of the bow and fold the other end into a loop.
      6. Secure the tape with stitches.

      Festive ribbon bow is ready! I recommend watching this video!

      Lush ribbon bow 2.5cm DIY kanzashi BOW


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      Extravagant satin ribbon bow

      You will need: 5.5 cm wide satin beige ribbon, thin green ribbon, thin red ribbon, thread, needle, scissors, lighter, sequin and bead.

      Tutorial

      1. Prepare a 36 cm long beige ribbon.
      2. Fold it into a bow shape as shown in the image.
      3. Make a random bow with thin ribbons.
      4. Secure in the center with stitches and leave a piece of thin ribbon for the future eyelet.
      5. Form a loop and sew it on.
      6. Sew the bows together.
      7. Sew on the sequin and bead.

      Extravagant satin ribbon bow is ready! I recommend watching this video!

      Beautiful bow of satin ribbons .


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