5 Ways to Decorate with Ribbons for Christmas

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Ribbon isn’t just for finishing off your gift boxes, though it is always lovely for that. With a near-endless variety of colors, fabrics, designs and widths, you can use ribbon to decorate your entire home for the holidays.

Whether you stick with traditional red and green, go wild with bright colors, elegant with metallics, or country with rustic colors and patterns, you can create a wide variety of ribbon crafts to liven up your holiday decorating.

Ribboned Candleholders

Use ribbon to decorate plain glass votive candle holders  for a colorful addition to your holiday table.

You will need:

  • Glass votive candleholders
  • Votive candles
  • Mod Podge or similar craft glue
  • Ribbon in four different colors or patterns, and at least two different widths.
  • Scissors
  1. Cut pieces of your widest ribbon the same length as the height of the votive candle holder.
  2. Use Mod Podge to glue the ribbon strips to the glass, arranging the ribbons vertically side-by-side. Continue until you have covered the entire candle holder.
  3. Cut strips of the thinnest ribbon to the height of the candle holder.
  4. Glue one thin strip of ribbon over each seam where the thicker ribbons meet.
  5. With the third ribbon, measure around the candle holder horizontally, like a belt, and cut two strips of ribbon the same length.
  6. Glue the pieces of ribbon around both the top and bottom edges of the candle holder.
  7. Cut a strip of the fourth ribbon to fit horizontally around the candle holder, and glue it midway between the top and bottom of the glass.
  8. Set the votive candle inside the holder, and decorate your table or mantel.


Candy Cane Ornaments

Simple candy cane ornaments look so pretty on your Christmas tree.

You will need:

  • Foam candy cane shapes, available at craft stores
  • 3/8-inch ribbon
  • 1/8-inch ribbon in a contrasting color and pattern
  • Hot glue gun
  1. Wind the wider ribbon around the foam shape, spacing it evenly to create a candy cane appearance. Use hot glue to hold the ribbon in place.
  2. Layer the thin ribbon over the wide, following it up the foam shape. Glue in place.
  3. Cut an extra length of thin ribbon, and knot it around the candy cane’s neck, then tie the ends in another knot to create a hanger.


Decorate Your Banisters

Add a beautiful holiday touch to your home with ribbon, ornaments and garland weaving along your stairway banisters.

You will need:

  • 2 different patterns or colors of wide, wire-rimmed ribbon
  • Tinsel garland
  • Glitter or glass ball ornaments
  • Fishing line or heavy thread
  1. Loosely wind the ribbon and garland together, and use fishing line to fasten the end to the top of the banister.
  2. Drape the ribbon and garland down the banister, attaching it with fishing line every couple of feet. Let the garland drape gracefully and evenly.
  3. Once the garland runs down the entire banister, use fishing line to attach ornaments in a cluster wherever the garland attaches to the banister, and scatter ornaments along the draped sections.


Ribbon Christmas Tree

What could be easier, or more beautiful, than a Christmas tree completely decorated in streaming ribbons?

You will need:

  • A large embroidery hoop
  • Many different long lengths of ribbon in a wide variety of styles, colors and widths
  1. Cut lengths of ribbon a foot or so shorter than the height of your Christmas tree.
  2. Tie one end of each ribbon to the embroidery hoop, spacing the ribbons so the hoop is nearly covered.
  3. Set the hoop over the top of the tree, and gently arrange the ribbons to stream down around the tree. Settle the embroidery hoop down into the tree branches to conceal it.
  4. Fill in the tree with brightly colored glass ornaments.

Ribbon and Glass Chandelier

Create a delicately beautiful hanging decoration with ribbons and glass ornaments.

You will need:

  • Gauzy lengths of ribbon
  • 15 – 20 Glass ball ornaments
  • Medium eyehook
  1. Decide on the best spot to hang your decoration. For best appearance, it should hang down two or three feet, so be sure not to hang it over a walkway. Good spots are over a table, in a corner or on a high ceiling peak.
  2. Screw the eyehook into the ceiling where you want your decoration.
  3. You will need a length of ribbon for each ornament. Cut half the ribbons 3 feet long, a quarter of the ribbons two inches shorter, and the remaining ribbons two inches shorter than that.
  4. Tie one end of each ribbon to an ornament, the other end to the eyehook. Hang all the ornaments in this manner.
  5. Arrange the hanging ornaments so they are displayed in a graceful cluster.

Ribbon has so many uses beyond wrapping gift boxes. With so many colors and styles available, you can use it to create nearly endless looks in your holiday décor.

Last Updated: April 1, 2013
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About Michelle Ullman Michelle Ullman has lived and gardened in Southern California since childhood. A freelance writer, she covers topics ranging from gardening to home improvement to health issues. She also has experience as a catalog copywriter and poet. Michelle has trained and worked as a respiratory therapist and surgical technologist, but prefers to spend her time gardening, and walking with her dog. Michelle holds a Bachelor's Degree from Redlands University in Business Management. 

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