Ribbons give you endless ways to dress up your tree, whether you want a classic look or prefer a dramatic design. Style expert Brad Schmidt shares easy ribbon decorating ideas for Christmas trees in this video:

Use Wired Ribbons for Decorating

Ribbons with wired edges make it easy to create loops or rolls. They also hold their form longer than ordinary ribbons.

Apply the Cascading Technique

Balsam Hill holiday ribbons
The cascading technique creates an interesting ripple effect

Starting from the top, tie one end of your ribbon to the tree, and position it so that it drapes in and out of the foliage in waves. Anchor the ribbon at intervals by securing it to PVC needle tips within the tree using floral wire. This technique gives your tree movement while adding dimension and depth.

Layer Contrasting Ribbons

Balsam Hill Christmas ribbons
Layered ribbons result in a play of textures and color

Try this using two ribbons layered together. Combining ribbons of different widths emphasizes the contrast of textures and colors.

Add Finishing Touches

Try different ways to style the ends of your ribbon. Brad has two techniques to finish off without cutting the material. This way, you can preserve the whole ribbon and reuse it for your next decorating projects.

The Croissant Roll is easy to make and adds an elegant touch to your display. To do this, roll the end of the ribbon tightly six or seven times, then pull down the center to create a spiral.

Decorate with Balsam Hill ribbons
The croissant roll looks complicated but is easy to achieve

The second technique is called the Reverse Roll, where you roll the end of the ribbon back loosely. This is perfect to show off ribbons with beautiful backing.

Ribbons by Balsam Hill
Finish off ribbons with either a knot or bow

If you have a lot of excess fabric, cut the end of the ribbon at an angle or in a fishtail design. You can also tie it in a knot or bow for added visual interest.

Brad Schmidt decorates with Balsam Hill ribbons
Brad putting the finishing touches on a tree beautifully adorned with ribbon

With some practice, you can turn ribbons from simple accents into stunning decorations for your Christmas tree. Visit Balsam Hill for a wide selection of decorative ribbons to choose from.


  1. Great post to visualise how to apply ribbon to your tree. How much ribbon would I need to purchase to apply a similar effect to a 9′ tree?

  2. How is the ribbon loops made with the red and white jeweller. How they get that tight loop effect

    • BalsamHill Reply

      Hi Laura, great question! For this, Brad used wired ribbon and floral wire. When creating intricate designs, he recommends using wired ribbon because they are easier to form into shapes and they retain the design much longer. Brad formed the loops first then tied the loops with wire to secure them together, giving them a tighter look. You can then shape the loops to make them fuller or slimmer, whichever you prefer. Do let us know how yours turn out!

  3. uge thanks. Un énorme merci à vous Brad. Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions and explaining more to me. so grateful…………..

    Sincerely Marielle Comeau , New Brunswick, Canada

Write A Comment