Ribbon Christmas Tree Decoration

How to make a Ribbon Christmas Tree Decoration

Hey, hey! November is almost here, and it becomes less weird to do Christmas stuff, yes?  Well, I made a few adorable Christmas tree decorations using ribbon this week, to start off the festive season.  The idea was inspired by a sewing extraordinaire who blogs about many of her projects, but there were no instructions on how to make the ribbon Christmas trees (and I don’t sew).  They looked simple enough, and make wonderful teacher gifts, Christmas tree decorations, or simply to decorate the house.

Cute Christmas Decorations using ribbon


  • 8 – 15 Beads (largish)
  • 30 – 40 cm of ribbon (at least 1.5 cm wide)
  • Needle
  • Thread

Christmas Tree Decorations using ribbon - simple and cute


1. Cut a length of cotton and thread on a bead.  I used  a larger bead for the base.  Secure the bead using beading methods, or for not-so-crafty people like me, thread the cotton through the bead a few times and complete with a knot.

2. Start with about 6 cm of ribbon, and fold over.  Push the needle up through the centre.

3. Add a bead.

4. Fold the ribbon back, making it sit just a little in from the last layer.

5. Thread the needle in the centre.

6. Repeat steps 3 to 5 until you have a Christmas tree shape!  Finish off with a bead at the top, and secure it with a knot.

The Ribbon Christmas Tree decorations are fairly easy to make, once you get the hang of it.  I think my older girls (9 and 11) would be capable of making them.



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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. Peta says

    Thanks for sharing Kelly! I had seen these,,, possibly in a magazine and thought “how adorable”! But I wasn’t convinced that I’d be able to make them. Your instructions are so beautifully photographed that I will now definitely be making these for Christmas this year! Thanks for taking the time to think of us when making your own Christmas decorations and putting it so simply! Peta

  2. Tiani says

    Just tried to make these, no beads to be found but I used some PVC foam shapes instead. Your ribbon does not look wired but my tree turned out, well, droopy is being charitable! I may try smaller loops or wired ribbon before Friday for kindy teachers!!

    • says

      LOL we can’t have a droopy Christmas Tree now can we! No, the ribbon I used wasn’t wired…I do think that perhaps you’ll need proper beads for the weight…I think that is what holds the tree up so well. Hope it works better for you take 2! Let me know :)

      • Tiani says

        slightly (not by much) smaller loops produced fantastic trees – 4 kindy teachers rather impressed by my talents (cough cough) – thank you very much!

  3. Lisa says

    These ornaments are adorable. Thank you for posting the directions. Each year I look for easy crafts that can be done in a reasonable amount of time with my students. I am excited to do this one! Merry Christmas!

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