DIY Ribbon Christmas Tree

During the holidays, there is nothing more that I love than cranking up the Christmas music, pouring a glass of cabernet, heating up the hot glue gun, and tackling a DIY project!

This past weekend I did just that.  During a recent craft store visit, my mental gears started turning and I found myself at the cash register with a few extra "ingredients."

So here's the final product of my DIY Ribbon Christmas Tree and also instructions on how you can make your own!

What you'll need:
  • Foam tree
  • 4 spools 7/8" ribbon (I started off with one spool and went back for 3 more)
  • Wreath pick for the topper
  • Straight pins ... hot glue may be used as a substitute 

So in regards to the ribbon, I think the spools contained 3 yards (9 feet) each.  After buying just one and then quickly running out, I went back for more only to find that I couldn't find 3 matching spools.  I could only find one.  So I have 2 spools each of 2 different gold ribbons, both the same 7/8" size, and I decided to alternate rows of the ribbon.

One was wired and one was not, and my preference for future projects is the non-wired ribbon.

Cut your ribbon into strips that are the same length -- mine were approximately 2 inches each.  Starting at the bottom, fold your ribbon strip in half and use a straight pin to push it into the foam tree form.  When beginning the second row, make sure those loops cover the straight pins you used for the first row.

Keep working your way around and upward until you are at the top.  Stick the wreath pin in the very top and fan it out to cover the raw edges of the ribbons on the top row.

Cute, right?!

Here's a cost breakdown of this project:
  • Foam tree - $5.99 before using 50% off coupon from the Michaels iPhone app - best thing ever, by the way - so $3.00
  • Four spools ribbon - $1/ea for a total of $4.00
  • Wreath pick - $0.65
  • Straight pins - $3.99
    • TOTAL: $11.64
I had a lot of fun with this project, and thanks to Hopsy for letting me join in her DIY Holiday Gift Idea Link Up today!  Make sure to check out her post today to see all of the fun crafts that fellow bloggers have been working on.

PS - Looking for customized Christmas presents for family or friends?  May as well WIN some for your loved ones in my Preppy Cards giveaway, which ends this Thursday at midnight! 


  1. LOVE! - i make my christmas tree out of a dress form - and doll her all up - love this lil DIY!

  2. It is so pretty! I may use last years ribbon for this tree and re-cycle. It would be a "green" christmas tree!

  3. This is such a neat idea! I love it! And it turned out beautifully!


  4. super duper cute. How long did it take you?!?

  5. It didn't take too long - maybe 1.5 hours total!

  6. So cute!! I'm thinking about having a collection of diff size trees on my mantle and this would be perfect!

  7. This is such a wonderul craft! And so easy too!

  8. OMG! How cute! ...and inexpensive! I may have to try this out, too, since I live in a small APT in Dallas and don't have room for huge Xmas decorations!

  9. OMG Love this! I am so running over to Hobby Lob to get some ribbon and making one tonight. You tree looks fab!


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