Have you ever walked into a friend’s home during the holidays and stood in complete awe at the beauty of their Christmas tree? When decorated successfully, a Christmas tree naturally becomes the main focal point of a room. As long as you know how to masterfully incorporate ribbon as a finishing touch, you can transform any tree into a breathtaking spectacle that will make your home look more joyful and welcoming.
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While many people are familiar with the classic method of draping ribbon around a Christmas tree to form beautiful twisted strands from top to bottom, you can make your tree look unique this year by crisscrossing your ribbon instead. Although this may sound like a complicated project, it is actually very easy to do. Follow these easy steps to transform your tree into a unique and attractive work of art this year.
Supplies You Will Need
Before beginning your crisscross ribbon project, you will need to gather just a few supplies:
• Floral Wire
• Poinsettia craft flowers with wires on the back
It is important to make sure your Christmas tree is already lit, since you will not be able to string Christmas lights after your ribbons are in place.
Step 1: Choose a Ribbon Color
Choosing the ribbon you want to use on your tree is arguably the most enjoyable part of the entire process. While ribbon is often traditionally thought of as simply an accent, the unique and bold design of crisscrossed ribbon on a Christmas tree brings it to center stage. This means that the ribbon you choose for your tree will set the mood for the remainder of your Christmas decorations and should be chosen based on the overall look you are trying to achieve.
For example, if you want your tree to have an elegant look, choose sparkling ribbon in a color that will complement your ornaments. On the other hand, if you want your tree to have a more rustic look, you may want to crisscross strands of burlap instead of ribbon. The beauty of this project is that you can completely customize the look of your tree based on the type and color of ribbon you choose to use.
Step 2: Cut the Ribbon Into Strands
Once you have chosen the color and thickness of ribbon you want to put on your tree, it is time to cut it into strands. Cut each ribbon strand to measure double the length of your tree. For example, if your tree is five feet tall, your ribbon lengths will need to be 10 feet long each.
The wider the tree, the more ribbons you will want to cut so that you don’t have large gaps in your ribbon at the widest point of the tree. A relatively narrow tree will probably need no more than 7 strands of ribbon, while a thicker tree will most likely need 8-10 strands of ribbon.
Step 3: Attach the Ribbon
Cut a short strand of floral wire and use it to attach the ribbons to the top bough of the tree. Attach half of the ribbons to the rear and half to the front of the tree. Leave about 1-2 inches of ribbon extending above the top of the wire. This will help ensure that you don’t accidentally pull the ribbons loose when you tug on them to create the crisscross pattern.
Don’t worry about how awkward the top of your tree looks at this step in the process. You will be able to cover it up later with a tree-topper of your choice.
Step 4: Arrange the Ribbons
Pull the ribbons from side to side so that they hang evenly around the tree. Try to maintain consistent spacing between the ribbon strands.
Step 5: Begin Crisscrossing
Starting with the front of the tree, choose one ribbon strand and measure approximately 12 inches down from the top. Pinch the ribbon at the 12 inch mark between your thumb and forefinger. With your other hand, measure 12 inches from the top of the ribbon immediately next to the one you are holding. Loosely cross the two ribbons at the 12 inch mark and hold the crossing point in place with your thumb and forefinger. It is important to cross the ribbons loosely so that there is a slight “bubbling” of ribbon above the crisscross point.
Step 6: Secure the Ribbons in Place
Place a craft flower directly over the crisscross point and use the wire on the back to secure the flower to the ribbons.
Step 7: Repeat Steps 5 and 6
Repeat steps 5 and 6 until all of the ribbons are crisscrossed. Once the top layer is completed, measure 12 inches down from the first crisscross point and continue the same pattern of crisscrossing ribbons and securing them in place with craft flowers. Once you reach the bottom of the tree, cut off any extra length of ribbon, and tuck the ribbon ends behind the crisscross points so they cannot be seen.
Top your tree with a dramatic bow, star or angel, and take a step back to admire your work!