Use multiple colored ribbon to create a pulled-together look with maximum design impact! Here, two shades of blue are used to echo the colors from the ornaments and drive home the blue themed Christmas tree!
Wired ribbon is a must for maximum movement and precision. Look for ribbon that has a wired edge so that you can bend and shape it exactly as you want it. It will curve better, pinch better!
The width of the ribbon can totally change the look. Sometimes an override ribbon gives you the look you want. But on a small tree, it can also dward it. For a 7′ tree a 2″-3″ ribbon is fine. Any taller, use at least 5″ ribbon for scale. Having said that, you could also use two 2-3″ wide ribbon to get a wider look if that’s what you want, with added interest.
If styling ribbon on an artificial tree, you can use a branch to grab it for a pleat. But sometimes the branches aren’t in the right place, or don’t create a tight enough hold for a strong pinch. Use a wire to grip the ribbon and attach it to the brach. This creates a tighter pull to create full, voluminous loops than the limbs do. Tie wire around ribbon two times pulling it very taught and twist it to hold.
Layering ribbon is a beautiful way to make a Christmas tree look professionally styled. If you don’t want to use multiple colors, use a mesh glitter ribbon to add some sparkle but let another ribbon’s color or designs shine through!
When you’re having ribbon, every so often stand back and survey how it’s draping. Are you seeing areas that don’t look complete? Is it rotating around the tree at the angle you want it to? The beauty or ribbon is that you can manipulate it however you want, so keep taking breaks to see if you like how the fabric is covering the tree.