Christmas is approaching, so it’s the perfect time to start up on those really cute DIY decoration projects. Our idea today is to make a beautiful ribbon Christmas tree! It’s going to be a great project to take on even with kids around.
Not only will this be easy to make, but it’s also going to be a super cute addition to your Christmas decor this year! Plus, you can make more of these and even include them with the gift baskets you give out to your friends and family.
Ribbon Christmas Tree Materials
If you want to make your very own ribbon Christmas tree you’re going to need a few tools and materials, so let’s see what exactly you have to go digging for in your craft box or at the store.
- white cardboard
- glue gun
- silk ribbons – 3 different colors/patterns
- star decor
Ribbon Christmas Tree Instructions
Before we even get started, we want to make sure you have everything you see in the picture below on your craft table. After all, the last thing you want to do is to make a gazillion trips to get this or that from another room.
Step 1: Draw a Semicircle
First up, you’re going to want to pull up your white cardboard piece. We advise you to get a thin cardboard since you’ll need to be able to easily roll it later on.
Get your pencil and draw a semicircle on the cardboard. It will be useful if you have a premade semicircle made out of paper so you can just trace it on the cardboard.
Make sure the trace is perfectly visible so you know where to cut during the next step.
Step 2: Cut the Cardboard
Up next, you’ll be needing your trusty crafting scissors. Make sure to closely follow the drawing on the cardboard.
Step 3: Roll the Semicircle
Now that you have a nice semicircle out of your cardboard, it’s time to turn it into a Christmas tree.
We’re going to do this by grabbing the ends of the semicircle with each hand and rolling them one over the other, forming a cone.
Once you’re happy with the size of your cone, get the glue gun, turn it on, and apply some hot glue on the cardboard.
Once you have a thick line of glue on the paper, you can press the sides together until the glue sets. In this way, you’ll make sure that the cone doesn’t change shape before you’re ready to decorate it.
Step 4: Cut the Ribbons
Next, we’re going to start preparing the actual ribbons. So, grab the first ribbon strip and your scissors and start cutting them. You’ll want each strip to be about an inch and a half long.
Continue cutting them until you have a big pile. You can cut out more later if you need more.
Repeat the process for the other ribbons, too. We have three colors for ours, but you can frankly use however many you have or want.
A touch of gold will reflect the Christmas season quite well, especially if you don’t overdo it.
There you go! You have three neat piles of ribbons now!
Step 5: Make Ribbon Loops
Now that you have the ribbons set out, you can start making the loops. You’re going to need the glue gun for this particular step.
Simply take each piece of ribbon you cut earlier and overlap the top of the ends like in the picture above. Add a pinch of hot glue to one side and you’re done. Just make sure to pinch the material for a couple of seconds to ensure the glue sets.
Do the same for all the ribbon strips you cut so you can prepare them for putting them up on your tree.
By the time you’re done, you’ll have three pretty piles like these ones.
Step 6: Add the Ribbons to the Tree
Next, we’re going to add the ribbons to the tree. You’ll need the glue gun and the cardboard cone you made earlier.
You want to start building up the tree from the bottom layer. Place one of the ribbons on the cone and measure out the area where you’ll want to add some hot glue. You want the length of the ribbon to cover the base of the tree, but not surpass it.
Continue adding ribbon loops as you go. You can mix up the colors however you want, alternating them.
Once you’re done with the base layer, you can continue building up. The ribbon layers need to overlap a bit, and you’ll want to make sure the empty areas are covered.
Keep adding them up in order to properly cover the cone.
Make sure to also glue a few at the top, as well.
Step 7: Add the Tree Top
The last thing you have to do is to add the star at the top of the tree, much like you do when setting up your own Christmas tree. Add a glob of hot glue at the very top of the cone and add the plastic star.
Ensure the star is there to stay by pressing it for a few seconds until the glue sets.
There you go! You now have a beautiful ribbon Christmas tree that can reside on your mantle or table, or anywhere else where you put up decorations. It’s super easy to make and you can easily get the kids involved in this as well. .