December 13, 2013

Christmas Tutorial: How I Wrap My Tree In Ribbons

Hello Friends~ ~ ~
I know it's a bit late for this year.  Most of you have your tree up for this season.
I wanted to share with you how I wrap my Christmas tree in ribbon.
I really love the look it creates.

I start with a sheer ribbon that has been cut in different length pieces. The way I came up with this technique is that many years ago I was recycling ribbon that had already been cut into pieces when I decided to wrap my tree with it.

This is how I put the first piece on the tree.
It is a short piece maybe 2 feet long.
I use the shortest pieces at the top.
I didn't start at the top because I always fill the top of the tree with silver stars and snowy branches.  You can start at the tippy top if you like.
About 3-4 inches from the end secure the ribbon with a wire to the selected branch.
I like the ends to poke out here and there.

As you are twisting the ribbon and working it into the tree put a piece of wire around the ribbon to gather it and twist the wire around just the perfect branch.   You will know it when you get to it.
When the tree is filled you won't notice the wires.

See, don't just wrap the tree but twist the ribbon and sort of fit it into the branches so that it doesn't just sit on the ends of the branches.
Be sure to work at a downward angle.

I would probably just lift this piece as it is laying and drape it over the branches and wire it to secure.

Work the ribbon behind a few of the branches continuing to twist it and wire it to get the look you want.  It's best not to unwind more ribbon than you can manage. . . . .

But sometimes as I am fastening a wire this happens.
Then I re-roll the end shorter so that I can manage it better.

Ahh, much better.
Love that little twist in this ribbon.

Just keep going and wrapping,  Round and round.

I don't usually begin another piece at the end of the last piece.

Looks much better with all the other trims on the tree but this is how mine looked with just the ribbon on it and a couple of swirly, glittery things on it.

Here she is all decked out for the holidays.
First time I have ever had a red and white tree.
I kind of like it.
The colors last year were all silver and white, pretty too.
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Barbara F. said...

Always a good day when I see a post! Your tree is gorgeous, and this is a wonderful tutorial. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

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Oh wow! Very impressive. Thanks so much for the detailed tutorial.
Your tree is gorgeous!
Merry Christmas...

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Your tree is gorgeous, love the colors and thanks for the tutorial on the ribbons! beautifully done!!!

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Christmas Tree is gorgeous you did a great job putting this all together for the Holidays. I am your newest follower on your blog now. I hope you can come join my Tablescape. Also hoping you have a wonderful Holiday with your family.

Marigene said...

Your tree is beautiful, Ahrisha...your tutorial makes it sound so simple to wrap the tree.
Merry Christmas!

Hayley said...

Hi Ahrisha! What a great idea about the the wire to secure you ribbon- I dont have ribbon on our tree this year but some of the garlands keep falling off- I never thought of using wire! Your tree is really pretty.....Merry Christmas from Scotland xxx

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Great tutorial, and it's certainly not too late for next year! This is a process that I struggle with each year, so this is getting pinned for next year's tree dressing!

Brandi @ Nest of Bliss said...

Fab tutorial! I know lots of people struggle with this.:)

Thistle Cove Farm said...

the ribbon really adds a lot of beauty to your tree.
Merry Christmas!

Heather said...

Your tree looks great! I use ribbon as well but I've never thought about wiring it to the branches. Thank you for sharing this great tutorial.