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How to Decorate a Christmas Tree with Ribbon

Decorating your Christmas tree with ribbon is easy to do. There are a few ways of doing it, but this one is the easiest. You can add ribbon to both a real Christmas tree and an artificial tree. 

Since we all need a relaxing, fun Christmas this year, our tree this year will mainly be red and green with a bit of white and natural wood. 

Christmas Tree Ribbon and Tree Topper Bow

Christmas Tree Ribbon and Tree Topper Bow

For the tree below (read more about this tree HERE), I also used two ribbons. Since the plaid ribbon was wider, so I placed it on the bottom. Then, I placed them on the tree vertically in the same manner. In other words, you can add ribbons either vertically or horizontally. 

DIY Farmhouse Christmas Tree

DIY Farmhouse Christmas Tree

Farmhouse Christmas Tree, homemade ornaments, homemade stockings

Farmhouse Christmas Tree, homemade ornaments, homemade stockings

*This post is one stop on the ultimate blogger Christmas Tree Tour. Therefore be sure to visit all the other blogs (find the links at the end of this post) for a ton of holiday decorating inspiration. 

How to Put Ribbon on a Christmas Tree

If you are decorating an artificial tree, you will need to fluff the tree before adding the ribbon. 

Fluffing the Christmas Tree

Fluffing the Christmas Tree

 

Decorating a simple Christmas tree with ribbon takes only minutes, adding a ton of visual interest.

The first step is cutting the first piece of ribbon about 36″ long. I will be using two ribbons on this Christmas tree; however, sometimes, I use three ribbons. 

Cut Christmas Tree Ribbons

Cut Christmas Tree Ribbons

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Trim the ribbons’ ends into a chevron by folding it in half and cutting it diagonal towards the center. 

Cut end of ribbons into a chevron shape

Cut the ends of the ribbons into a chevron shape.

Place the striped ribbon on top of the red ribbon and treat them as one ribbon. 

At eye level, tuck one end of the ribbons into the tree and weaving the ribbon in and out of the tree in a diagonal going down the tree. 

Note: This is the tree I am decorating (a 7-foot tree), and I am using a wired ribbon.

Starting at eye level place ribbons in the tree

Starting at eye level, place ribbons in the tree.

Every 10 to 12 inches, pinch and tuck the ribbons into the tree and then continue.

Pinch both ribbons together and place in the tree

Pinch both ribbons together and place them in the tree

Christmas Tree Ribbon Supplies

You can find all my Christmas Decorating must-haves HERE.

Before you purchase ribbon, I want to share tips and tricks: look for a 25ft or larger roll of ribbon and use a wire-edged ribbon if possible. You can use any ribbon, but I like 2″ to 3″ wired ribbon.

Place your next rows evenly spaced and follow the first row’s as a guide. 

Tree Decorating with Ribbon

Continue in the same manner as the first ribbon row, adding each row until you have all the rows started. 

Ribbon Decorations on Christmas Tree

Ribbon Decorations on Christmas Tree

Once you are satisfied with the placement of your rows, add the next piece of ribbon cut to 36″.  Push the ribbon into the tree behind the end of the first ribbon and continue your pattern of hanging the ribbon on the Christmas tree.

Add more ribbon to the top row

Add more ribbon to the top row.

Always step back and see if you like the placement between each loop. 

Then add more ribbon to the next ribbon row

Then add more ribbon to the next ribbon row.

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More ribbon added to the third row

More ribbon was added to the third row.

Once all the rows are finished, take a final assessment of your ribbon design. For example, I noticed that the top of the tree needed a ribbon. Therefore I added one short row at the top of the tree. 

Finish adding ribbon to the bottom of the Christmas tree

Finish adding ribbon to the bottom of the Christmas tree

Added the final row of ribbon

Added the final row of ribbon

Christmas Tree Bow

I like to make the tree topper bow from the same ribbon I used on the tree.

Christmas tree Topper Bow

Christmas tree Topper Bow

I made two of my double ribbon bows (see how to make this bow HERE), wired them together, and then placed them on the top of the tree. 

You can find more Christmas decorating ideas HERE.

Another bow that would look gorgeous on your tree is the easier bow ever (see how to make one HERE).

How to make a bow

How to make a bow

How to make DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments.

DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments with vinyl decals

DIY Embroidery Hoop Ornaments with vinyl decals

Handmade Christmas ornaments

Handmade Christmas ornaments

DIY Wood Christmas Tree Ornament

DIY Wood Christmas Tree Ornament

The Christmas stockings I made last year with this pattern. Also, I needed a place to hang them, so we made the blanket ladder (see how to make one HERE).

I made the adorable Gnome look like a Santa Gnome (see how to make one HERE).

At Home, Mr. Kippi whipped up the tree stand box for our new tree (see how he made it HERE).

Christmas Tree with Ribbon

Christmas Tree with Ribbon

While decorating your tree, play your favorite Christmas music and enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies. The adorable felt Hot Cocoa garland was made by my daughter (see how she made it HERE).

DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

DIY Hot Chocolate Bar

Welcome To The Fourth Annual Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop

Be sure to visit all the participating bloggers below for gorgeous holiday decorating ideas for your Christmas tree.

Christmas tree collage of 2

Our Crafty Mom // Sustain My Craft Habit // Red Cottage Chronicles // Celebrate and Decorate

Christmas tree decor blog hop collage

Jenron Designs //  2 Bees In A Pod // Virginia Sweet Pea // From House To Home

Christmas Tree Collage

Tribe of Burton // Across the Boulevard // Intelligent Domestications // Simply Beautiful By Angela

Christmas Tree Decor

Modern on Monticello // Redneck Rhapsody // Purple Hues and Me // My Pinterventures

Christmas Tree Ideas

Christmas Tree Ideas

Zucchini Sisters // One Thousand Oaks // Raggedy Bits // Southern Yankee DIY

Christmas tree hop

My Sweet Home Living // Pretty DIY Home // Michelle James Designs // Daily DIY Life

Christmas tree collage of four

Happily Ever After, etc. // Kippi at Home // Simple Nature Decor // Design Morsels

 

Christmas Tree Decor Blog Hop

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Join me as we enjoy a stress-free holiday season with a ton of inspiration, money-saving ideas for decorating, gift-giving, and so much more. Join HERE! And have the best of everything this holiday. So have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy all the blessings of the season!

Thank you for your visit today,

Kippi

 

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Beverly

Monday 14th of December 2020

Wonderful tips for using ribbon on a tree. Your way looks to be the best I've seen!

Marie B.

Wednesday 9th of December 2020

Kippi, I followed your tutorial and did my tree ribbon this way. Oh my gosh, it rocked my tree decorating world! Mr. Frugalista thanks you too because truthfully, when it came to the ribbon part, he would leave the house until it was done. Let just say I became the Grinch personified with much more colorful language. THANK YOU!!

ERLENE

Sunday 6th of December 2020

You made so many decorative things for and around your tree. I love it! Thanks for sharing your tips on adding ribbon and making a bow topper too.

Danielle

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

This is a great tutorial! I love to use ribbon all over for Christmas. I used the same red and white stripe in my kitchen last year, it's one of my favorites!

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

Your Christmas tree is so beautiful Kippi! I really loved learning about how to decorate with ribbon. Pinned for future use! So happy to be featuring you at Charming Homes and Gardens this week.

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