These layered ribbon trees add a dramatic look to your winter decor. This tutorial will teach you how to make your own gorgeous winter tree scene.
Note: This post is updated from the original post from November 2011. It is one of the more popular tutorials I have done. Enjoy!
When I started making the trees I tried to keep three things in mind:
- I wanted a little winter forest
- It needed to match my more contemporary/modern decor
- I wanted to use varying shades of silver and white, with lots of sparkle
Creating these trees was a labor of love. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t a quick, done in 30 minutes craft. It was a process and each tree took about an hour. But the results are dramatic and once you get the hang of folding the ribbon, the project will go by much quicker.
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- two 18×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
- two 15 inch Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
- two 12 inch Styrofoam™ Brand Cones
- wired ribbon** or fabric
- straight pins
- 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 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. I know, I know. They say that glitter is the herpes of the craft world. (Insert inappropriate comment here.)
Don’t you just love these layered ribbon trees. I placed them on candle holders to add a variety of height to the display. I think it would look fantastic displayed with micro LED lights.
What about you? Do you do a big craft project over the holidays?