Growing up in West Virginia, I saw every type of Christmas tree craft you can imagine. From starlight peppermint candy trees to faux pearl-tipped pins inserted in large sequins that covered the styrofoam tree form, I always marveled at how many ways the ladies at my church could (and would) embellish a tree. When I discovered the ombré ribbon in the Waverly Inspirations collection, I knew that there was a modern version of the ribbon tree in my near future.
I love this DIY for its simplicity and its colorful, nostalgic take on the ribbon candy holiday tradition. If you don’t have a chance to craft it up for this holiday season, bookmark it now for next year and be sure to have a few young helpers around when you make it. The younger set loves to help set up the scene where your tree will live!
Click through for the instructions! –Caitlin
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- 6 yards of 1″ Wide Green Ombre Ribbon
- 1 yard of 1/2″ Wide White Ribbon
- Craft Paint (We used Waverly Inspirations Kelly Green for our stand & Sunshine Yellow for our star.)
- Styrofoam Tree Form (Ours was 12″ high.)
- Straight Pins
- Cake Stand or Pedestal
- 1 Yard of Festive Fabric (We used Waverly Inspirations green polka-dot cotton sheeting.)
- Aluminum Foil to shape a star or another improvised tree topper like a pom-pom
Step 1: Cut all 6 yards of your wide ombre ribbon into 4″ strips. Fold a ribbon strip in half and use the straight pins to attach the ribbon to the tree, about a 1/2″ from the bottom. The open loop should be at the bottom and the pins should go through the cut edges.
Step 2: Work around the base of the form, attaching the ribbon strips with the straight pins next to each other as seen above.
Step 3: When you start your second row on top of the base row of ribbon loops, attach the ribbons so that they line up above where the ribbons below it sit next to each other. This would look like subway tile if you could see it!
Step 4: Continue attaching your ribbon strips around and up the tree until you reach the top of the form.
Step 5: Add some snow on top of your tree! Cut seven 2″ pieces of your white 1/2″ ribbon and repeat the same technique to attach them to the top of the tree as shown above.
Step 6: (optional) Take a 3″ wide length of aluminum foil and fold into a thick square. Pinching the foil together in the four corners and the top middle of the square, fashion a star shape out of the foil square. These aren’t meant to be perfect, so have fun with it!
Step 7: Paint your tree topper star with the Sunshine Yellow paint from Waverly. It’s a good, thick craft paint so if you’d like a little metallic to shine through like I did, just dab it on lightly.
If you plan to have your tree sit on a pedestal, cake stand or similar, consider picking up something inexpensive at Goodwill or a thrift store and painting it with the Kelly Green paint from the Waverly Inspirations line. Again, it’s super thick craft paint with good coverage. I usually use the Super Premium semi-gloss acrylic paint like I did here, unless I’m going for a very matte look and texture. I use their matte chalk finish in those cases. The semi-gloss looks great on the (originally white) small metal cake stand I picked up in the “dollar section” at Target.
Step 8: Add two straight pins, vertically, to the top of the tree so that the star can rest against it. Before you place your star and tree, it’s time to set up your vignette!
I brought out a very green, vintage ironing board that’s console height for my entryway tree setup. The ironing board is the perfect height for a console in that spot and its bright, colorful charm is always a conversation starter when guests arrive.
For your vignette, take your fabric and spread it on the surface of whatever you’re using. Tuck under the edges of the fabric, and push the fabric in towards the middle of itself until the fabric starts to take on a life of its own with lovely folds. Place your ribbon tree on the fabric “landscape” and add in any smaller pieces you like. I added a triangular spool of yarn and a gold bottle-brush tree someone gifted me. The little wooden ornaments from my childhood made the scene complete!
Wishing you a happy holiday season! –Caitlin