How-to Hang Ribbon on a Christmas Tree

Sometimes it's hard to figure out how to hang ribbon on a Christmas tree. Afterall, what type of ribbon works best and which way are you supposed to hang it anyways? I've struggled with Christmas tree ribbon for years, but have finally found a method that works for me! (And it isn't too difficult.)

I like to use a wired Christmas ribbon. You can bend and shape it anyway you want, which makes it perfect to use on a Christmas tree. It also works well to cut the ribbon in various lengths to use around the tree. And I like the look of hanging the ribbon vertically...after all of my years of trial and error!

After cutting your ribbon add the first strand towards the top of the tree, and tuck the tip of the ribbon around a branch to secure.

Next, work your way down the tree with the ribbon. This will vary depending on the size of your tree and the length of your ribbon. For this small tree I went down about 8-10 inches – which seemed to even out the ribbon length around the entire tree.

Once you find your next good stopping point wrap the ribbon tightly around a branch to secure. Then push the ribbon back towards the base of the tree to hide the knot. Once secure fluff your ribbon.

Fluffing the ribbon as you go is key…no one likes matted down ribbon!

Continue working your way around the tree. Also add the smaller pieces of ribbon where you see some small empty spots.

After you have used up all of the main ribbon you can fill in the empty spots with a different ribbon to add some more character to the tree. Cut this ribbon into even smaller sections. Then take a step back to see where you might need to fill in an empty spot. Then when you are happy with the way the ribbon looks add your ornaments!

Take your time, and take several steps back throughout the ribbon hanging process! It's all about trial and error...and fussing a little bit. And remember it will all come together once you put the ornaments on the tree! Happy tree trimming!

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  • Ldi12422764 Ldi12422764 on Nov 13, 2016
    how do you make a bow,big and small ?
  • Barbara Breisch Barbara Breisch on Oct 05, 2017

    You mentioned hiding the knot, are you tying the ribbons on at some point, or just wrapping around the branches?

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