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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.