Today, we’re talking trees, Christmas trees. More specifically, how to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon. If ornaments, glittering lights, and popcorn strings don’t fit your fancy, perhaps it’s time to consider some festive ribbon in hues of red, green, and gold.
Putting some ribbon on your tree adds that extra pizazz and helps tie your décor together. There are many options to choose from and different ways to use ribbon.
Watch our Tree Classics brand spokesperson Jen Lutz as she shows us how to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon in this step-by-step guide.
The first step in putting a ribbon on your tree is to set the tree up properly. If you have an artificial Christmas tree, make sure it is fluffed and that lights are plugged in. If you have a live tree, check that it is watered and completed with lights.
Next, choose the ribbon type and pattern for your tree. Wired ribbons are ideal because they can hold their shape and be used year after year. Thicker ribbons (2 to 5 inches) work well for both large and small trees, as they fill gaps easily and do not slip off the branches.
Do you have a color preference when it comes to Christmas decor? Perhaps you like a classy blue and silver, a traditional red and gold, or winter wonderland whites. Whatever holiday color scheme you fancy, there’s a ribbon for you.
For a fuller and more versatile look, consider layering ribbons rather than using only one color, style, or material. A sheer ribbon over a solid one can provide a lot of texture without clashing colors or patterns. A narrow dark ribbon on top of a wider light-colored one helps give your tree that extra pop of color, and opens a new visual depth to holiday decoration.
If you’re looking for a DIY decorating trick: take the ends of your ribbon and tie them together with floral wire or pipe cleaner. Tuck the end deep into your tree, then twist into and around an inner branch and bring back to the starting point. This is easier to do with artificial Christmas trees since you can bend and adjust branches. With real trees, use green pipe cleaners or small floral ties to keep the ribbons in place.
You can now choose the pattern you want. Here are some suggestions for you to try with ribbon:
- S-Shape: Moving down from top to bottom of the tree, make a slightly horizontal wave in an S shape. Do this several times with long strips of ribbon.
- Zig-zag: Starting from the top, make a zig-zag pattern across the tree moving to the bottom.
- Around and Around: Working in a diagonal direction, twist and then loop your way around the tree in a slight downward spiral fashion.
- Start in the Middle: Take one end of the ribbon and push it into the center of the tree. Make sure that the ribbon rests securely on the branch.
- Designer: Play around with the pattern. Combine loops, bends, billows, cascades, and weaves depending on your personal style and taste.
When you reach the bottom of the tree, cut the ribbon with enough length to make a little swirl at the end.
As you decorate your tree, take a few steps back once in a while to check the overall look. This allows you to view your design with fresh eyes and see what needs reworking. Take a few pictures from different angles to get a new perspective as well.
Decorating a Christmas tree with ribbon is a fun activity that can be enjoyed with the entire family. Experiment with different themes for your tree. When you’re happy with the results, add ornaments to complete your display.
We hope you enjoyed our guide on how to decorate a Christmas tree with ribbon. Get a head start on your holiday preparations by browsing our selection of realistic Christmas trees and Christmas tree decorations on the Tree Classics website.
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Jen: Hi guys, I’m Jen with Tree Classics. It’s great to be with you today. Today, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite things which is decorating the tree with ribbon. I really love putting ribbon on a tree because it adds that little extra pizzazz and pop of color, and just really brightens and livens up the tree.
The first step in putting ribbon on your trees is actually making sure you have your tree in order. In my case, I have a pre-lit seven-and-a-half-foot flocked Alpine from Tree Classics. I need to make sure my tree is set up, it’s in its stand, it’s pre-lit, and I fluff the tree. If you have a real tree at home, you’re going to obviously want to make sure it’s in its stand and watered, and that you have all the lights on.
The next step is picking the right ribbon. In my opinion, you really want to go with wired ribbon. Wired ribbon is so important because it keeps its shape and actually you might make a little– It’s more expensive than regular, not wired ribbon. But it holds its shape and you can use it year after year which I do all the time.
The other thing is I like to normally go with a two inch to five-inch ribbon because you really want that good width. Right here I actually have a one-and-a-half and a two-and-a-half-inch ribbon. What I’m going to do is I’m going to layer them which I’m going to show you in the next step.
I have taken two ribbons that I like. I took this lighter gingham ribbon. It’s two and a half inches and I paired it with this one-and-a-half-inch ribbon, this plaid ribbon because this adds the pop of color that I’m looking for. Now, what I’m going to do again and there are different ways you can put ribbon on a tree. In this case, I’m cascading the ribbon down the tree, and because I have an artificial tree, I’m able to actually with the branches of the ribbon, I’m able to wire the ribbon into the tree. I don’t have to use my own wire so I just cascade.
Another great thing about the artificial is I can fluff and move branches to look and be exactly where I want. Now, if I have a real tree, I might take some green pipe cleaner or green floral ribbon and wire them in that way. So I’m going to continue down the tree and I just eyeball it every foot or so. Down one more cascade.
Then when I get to the bottom, I’m going to trim whatever wire I need. And at the end use your finger to make a little swirl around the end. Okay, so here we are. We have our fully decorated Christmas tree. As you can see, I use two different techniques. I layered the ribbon and then I created the cascading effect, making sure that I got the ribbon deep into the back of the tree and wiring back there with the actual tree branch. Then once I have the ribbon in place then I placed my ornaments.
Now, it’s time to step back and just enjoy the Christmas tree. Thanks again for being with me today. I’m Jen with Tree Classics. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday.