Brad Schmidt’s Ribbon Decorating Tips
Continuing with our special series on designer decorating, this post focuses on acclaimed floral artist Brad Schmidt and his expertise in creating beautiful home décor. Brad will show us easy techniques for turning ribbons into dramatic enhancements for your Christmas tree.
Brad recommends using ribbon with wired edges. They are easier to sculpt into loops or rolls, and they hold shapes better than ordinary ribbons. Brad shares that using ribbon effectively can look complicated, but with a few tips and some practice, can result in stunning, sophisticated displays.
Brad’s cascading technique is a great way to give your tree movement while adding dimension and depth. First, tie one end of the ribbon to the tree, and position it so that it drapes in and out of the foliage in waves. Anchor the ribbon along intervals by securing it to the sturdy PVC needle tips within the tree.
For a truly eye-catching adornment, try this technique with two ribbons layered together. Use ribbons of different widths to emphasize the contrast of textures and colors.
Brad suggests two ways to finish off with ribbon without cutting the material. This way, you can preserve the beauty of the ribbon and use it in its entirety for your next decorating projects.
The first is the croissant roll, which is easy to do and leaves an elegant look. Tightly roll the ribbon 6 or 7 times, and then pull down the center to create a spiral. The second technique is the reverse roll. This is perfect for ribbons with beautiful backing and simply requires rolling the end of the ribbon back loosely.
If cutting the ribbon is unavoidable, as would be the case if there is a lot of excess fabric, you can simply cut the ribbon at an angle or in a fishtail design. You can then leave that as is, or tie it in a knot or bow for added visual interest.
With a bit of practice, you can turn your Christmas ribbons from simple accents into magnificent décor in their own right. Visit Balsam Hill today and view our wide selection of decorative ribbons.