I often get asked about the ribbon methods I use to decorate my Christmas trees. Each year, I try something new. A few years ago, I decorated our fraser fir using a criss cross pattern. I used 2 ribbons, a burgundy velvet ribbon on top of a wider, gold ribbon. I attached red magnolia flowers at each intersection. For the tree topper, I made a large bow using the same two ribbons.Last year, we purchased a flocked tree. Actually, this is the second flocked tree we purchased, after the first one was stolen! Can you believe someone would steal a Christmas tree? Who would do that other than the Grinch!! You know who you are!!!
Anyway, last year I decorated our flocked tree with burgundy and white ornaments and used the criss cross ribbon method. Looks completely different on a flocked tree right? The criss cross method is one of my favorite patterns.
This year, I’m using varying methods, actually several different types on the same tree. I chose 3 ribbons and 2 rolls of tulle. Using wired edged ribbon will give you the best results.
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These picks are great to use as fillers once the ribbon is on the tree.
In this method, I’ll call the triple loop, cut a 3′ long piece of ribbon. Make 3 loops and leave a tail, secure the loops with a plastic tie or wire.
There are differing thoughts and opinions on which to do first when decorating a tree, do you put the ribbon on first or last? I’ve done both and I find it easier and less time consuming to put the ribbon on first. When I put the ribbon on last, I spend so much time moving ornaments around to get the perfect look.
Make several triple loop pieces and scatter them throughout the tree.
Aren’t these ornaments gorgeous? I just purchased them this year from Balsam Hill French Country Ornament Set HERE. They are stunning and very substantial and heavy. Each ornament is made of thick mercury glass and they come in a variety of finishes. This particular ornament is from the ombre collection.
I bought 1 set of each, Foil, Ombre, Crackled, Etched and Jumbo. In addition, I added in several 3′ pieces of different ribbons. Gather a piece of ribbon in the middle and set it back into the tree, attaching it with a wire tree branch. You’ll notice some of the branches towards the middle of the tree are more wiry than the ones in front, use those to pinch the ribbon and keep it in place.
Use tulle to make bows or use as an extra layer under ribbon.
Add several 3′ piece sections throughout the tree until you get the look you want.
I added in a few pinecone florals as well.
The mercury glass ornaments are so pretty.
Here, I used tulle under ribbon and added a sparkly pick.
I use the picks each time I secure the ribbon with a branch.
A flocked tree is already so pretty, it doesn’t need a lot of ribbon just a few accents here and there.
I also added in 6′ sections of ribbon, layering it throughout the tree and pinching it in place.
The tree is stunning and bright, I absolutely love our flocked tree with the french country ornaments.
Lastly, here is another way I decorated our foyer 12′ tree using a zig zag pattern.
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