Are you worried about trying to use ribbons to decorate your Christmas tree? Trust me, I’ve been there! Up until a few years ago I didn’t have a clue where to even start. But once I tried it I knew there was no going back!
I still remember how excited I was to see my tree completely decorated. And I would LOVE for you to feel that excitement too! So, let me show you how I decorate mine. And hopefully inspire you to give it a go yourself!
How to use ribbons in your tree
Now, I’m by no means a professional Christmas tree decorator (did you know there’s a job doing that? .. I’d LOVE that!! .. ), but here’s what I do. It works for me.
Take your ribbon(s) of choice. I bought my ribbons from a shop called “USA to UK Wreaths” on Etsy. I absolutely adore her ribbons and you can find her shop here!
In this particular tree I”m using 2 ribbons but you can stick with one, or go with three if you’ve got a bigger tree. The choice is yours!
Place the ribbons on top of each other and pick a spot at the top of the tree where you secure it in place. Just by wrapping one of the branches over the top of the ribbon. Let the ribbon hang down.
Next, form a loop – not too big, but big enough to have some slack on the ribbon. Tuck into the tree and secure in place by folding another branch over it.
Follow this process all the way down until you’ve reach the bottom of the tree. Cut off your ribbon and tuck into the container.
Repeat this technique around the whole tree. Depending on the size of the tree (and whether you decorate the back of the tree .. If it’s against a wall, I don’t! .. shhhh!!) I typically use around 4 or 5 “streams” of ribbon.
Once you’ve got the ribbons in place, we’re going to pull them apart. For the top loop I pulled one to the right and the other to the left. The next loop was pulled the opposite way. For the third loop down, alternate again .. and so on!
Filling in the gaps
For this little tree I used some picks from our local garden centre to fill in some of the gaps.
There’s no rhyme or reason to this. Just go with your instinct and try them in different positions until you are happy with the results.
The remaining gaps I filled up with some ornaments. Some new ones that I bought. Like these Candy Cane lollipops from The Range. Aren’t they adorable??
And these glitter bows which were perfect for filling up some of the smaller gaps!
Combined with some of my ornaments from previous years.
For the container I used an old pannacotta tin from last year. Once again, holding on to stuff has paid off! 😉
Are you ready to see the results?
It’s a complete change from how the tree looked last year – (you can find a photo of it in my post here), but I’m loving it even more this year!
It looks lovely and full, but it’s not taken me a lot of ornaments to achieve this look.
I’m still working on my cocoa bar for this year, but the mugs are already on display. I bought them in The Range and you can find them here.
I hope you enjoyed this and that I’ve persuaded you to give it a go this year!
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