Layered Ribbon Trees

In case you didn’t see my guest post over at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Handmade Holidays featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam series, here is my project…

When I started making the trees I tried to keep three things in mind:

1) I wanted a little winter forest

2) It needed to match my more contemporary/modern decor

3) I wanted to use varying shades of silver and white, with lots of sparkle


  • two 18×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
  • two 15×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
  • two 12×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
  • wired ribbon** or fabric
  • straight pins
  • scissors
  • adhesive spray and glitter (optional)

** If using wired ribbon, be prepared that this project requires quite a lot of it. The 18×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cone required just over 20 yards of the ribbon. If you have a spool from a warehouse store then you are set! To be more cost conscious, you can use 1/2 yard of fabric (for each tree) cut into ribbon size strips.

Take the ribbon and fold it across itself, then fold it down to form a point. Cut it off the spool.

Take your ribbon point and pin it to the very bottom of the Styrofoam™ Brand cone, so that the ribbon hangs over the edge. Repeat the process all the way around the cone. For the next row, pin the ribbon so that the point overlaps the edges of the two ribbons below it. Repeat this process until you reach the top. Once at the top, cut the ribbon strips longer. Fold the sides of the ribbon in, so that the wire edges don’t show. Pin the point down on the tree, and take the longer end and roll it in and pin it to the top, being careful to hide the pins in the ribbon.

I try to make the top of the tree look pointed, but that is just a personal preference.

I used fabric on the dark gray trees, and to give them a sparkly, icy look, I sprayed the finished tree with adhesive spray and applied liberal amounts of glitter.

Linked to: Today’s Creative Blog, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello, Shabby Art Boutique, Funky Junk Interiors, Blue Cricket Design, Organize and Decorate Everything, Nifty Thrifty Things, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A to Z, I Gotta Create, Christmas In July

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  1. says

    Oh very nice! I love that you can customize the colors of the ribbons with the holiday decor in your own home. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to try this!

  2. says

    Ooooh I have two of these cones and you just made up my mind of what to do with one of them! I’m doing an aqua, red and white Christmas this year and I know I’ve got the perfect fabric lying around. Thank you for sharing!

  3. says

    Wow! Those look great. Not sure I have the patience to take the time, so I’ll just admire them from afar. I started on a coffee bean covered tree, but have yet to finish it because it’s so time consuming. :)

  4. says

    These are amazing. How long did they take you to make. They look pretty time consuming. But the end result is definitely worth it. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home.

    P.S. I have a giveaway going on. Come over and check it out.
    P.S.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.
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  5. Tami says

    These look great…however, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to fold the ribbon into a point…I get the fold over itself, but how to get to the point…? Help?

  6. kitblu says

    This is the cutest tree I have seen and I’ve seen lots. My fabric stash will be reduced after I make some of these. Thankyou.

  7. Christina at I Gotta Create! says

    These are GORGEOUS and so rich in texture!!! I’m pinning! Next year I’m coming back for your tutorial :)
    Thanks SO much for sharing these beauties at the Winter Wonderland party over at my place!!
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