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Ribbon Christmas Trees

I love these Christmas Ribbon Trees. There are so many different ways to construct them. I made two different kinds of trees this year.

Looped Ribbon Tree (On the right)

Supplies

  • 9” Styrofoam cone
  • Cover for the Styrofoam cone (felt, paper or you can paint the cone)
  • Three shades of green 5/8” grosgrain ribbon (I used 5/8” grosgrain in emerald, apple and lime.
  • Modern Trees 1.5” grosgrain ribbon from our new collection. I cut the ribbon in half lengthwise.
  • Hot glue

 

Instructions:

1. Cover the Styrofoam cone. I used red paper and glued it to the cone. You could also paint the cone or cover it with fabric.

2. Cut each colored ribbon into:  12 – 4” pieces, 13  – 3.5” pieces, 4  – 3” pieces. Follow this table:

Row

Ribbon length # ribbon loops # loops per color Space between rows
1 4 inches 16 4 1.5
2 4 16 4 1.5
3 4 16 4 1.0
4 3.5 12 3 1.0
5 3.5 12 3 1.0
6 3.5 12 3 1.0
7 3.5 8 2 + one extra one 1.0
8 3.5 8 2 .5
9 3.0 8 2 .5
10 3.0 7 2 – one

At the top

3. Form each ribbon into a loop like this. Hot glue the overlapping part.

4. Start at the bottom to hot glue the ribbon on the first row. I let the ribbons overhang the bottom to make sure the lower edge was hidden. I used a repeated pattern with the colors.

5. Row 2 was skewed to the right by one ribbon color to create an overall diagonal look. In each row the ribbons were glued in-between the ribbons of the previous row. Continue Row 3 the same way.
6. Rows 4 – 6 used ribbons that are 3.5 inches long. Follow the chart. You will not use as many ribbons as you progress to the top of the tree.

Tree Top Directions

For the top: I cut 3 – 5” pieces of ribbon, each a different color. I marked the center of 2 ribbons. Next fold the ends to make a double cone shape.

Glue the two ribbons on the top. Make a small cone shape from the third ribbon and glue to the very center of the top.

I like to finish off the bottom with a circle of green felt.

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Whimsical Christmas Tree – the “WHO TREE”

Supplies:

  • 6 1/2 inch Styrofoam cone
  • green felt or green paint to cover the cone
  • Emerald Green Grosgrain 1 1/2″
  • Red/Green Lollipop ribbon, 3/8″
  • Red/ Green Fashion Dots, 3/8″
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins

Instructions:

1. Cover the cone with green felt or paint it green. While it’s drying, make the ribbon loops.

2. Start at the bottom, glue the green ribbon on first. I used loops made from a 4″ pieces of ribbon. There are  7 loops on the first row. Then I glued a 3/8″ ribbon loop in-between, overlapping the 1 1/2″ green ribbon loops.

3. Each row used a slightly shorter ribbon. For example, row 2 uses a green ribbon of 3.5″ length. Each row is half a inch shorter. OR you can experiment with the lengths you want to use. The contrasting smaller ribbons are the same length and go in-between, overlapping the larger green ribbons. I measured the place for each row by marking the place with pins. The distance gets shorter as you go up the tree.

4. Overlap each row slightly to hide the edges of the loops.

5. The top has smaller loops with a circle loop at the very top. I thought the tree needed a little something else. After playing around with some supplies: wire, pearl beads and some Korker ribbons, I came up with this whimsical top. I think it works! The end of the wire is glued to the top of the cone. The other end is twisted so the beads stay on. The Korker ribbons are glued to the very tip. Because there is a wire holding the beads, the top can be bend in different directions. My granddaughter named it the “Who Tree”.

Remember it’s your turn to chirp your Christmas Decorations using RABOM supplies on the  Friday Craft tab.

Enjoy the goodness of the season.

Rita

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Tuesday Blog Sharing

 Felt Ornament

Blog Share Day

I found this felt ornament on-line. I just had to share it with you. Click on the picture to check it out.

 

 

Don’t you love it? Just think of the different materials you could use to make it unique -circles of paper, ribbon, burlap, tulle, etc. The possibilities are endless.

I am getting so excited about the holidays. I think decorating my tree is one of the joys of my holiday season. My tree is a family history. There are ornaments dating back to our very first tree.

The story of those ornaments goes like this. My husband and I were newly married, living on a budget, yet wanting a meaningful, beautiful Christmas tree. After trudging through the snow we found the perfect tree to cut. Nearby in the woods the ground was covered with small flower-like pine cones. We collected as many as we could find. At home, I sprayed each one using different colors of bright paint. Adding a wire loop and an ornament hanger they were ready to grace our first tree. I still have those same pine cones, many years later. I have given each of my children a few to hang on their trees, but have several left for mine. They represent years of happiness and fond memories. They are hidden among the new glistening ornaments. Not everyone sees them, but I know they are there.

Since then, new ornaments have been added each year. Some were gifts, some are child crafted just for mom and dad, and some mark special occasions. All those memories come back as I hang each one on the tree.

Ribbons and Bows Oh My invites you to post your favorite crafted decorations using RABOM supplies. You will find the Friday Share tab at the top of my blog. It’s “Your Turn to Chirp!”

 Have fun decorating!

Rita

 

 

 

 

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Glass Ribbon Ornaments

Theme of the Week: Christmas Decorations

Monday’s Project:

Glass Ribbon Ornaments


General Supplies:

  • Clear glass Christmas ornaments with removable tops (found at all hobby stores)
  • Ribbon – choose about 4 different patterns in any theme you wish
  • Wooden skewer to help position ribbon in the ornament
General Instructions:
1. Remove metal top from your ornament.

2. Insert ribbon into the ornament

3. Use a wooden skewer to help position the ribbon.

4. Re-insert your top and tie with a piece of coordinating ribbon for hanging.

On the Ribbons and Bows Oh My home page, you will see glass ribbon ornaments found under Projects.

These ornaments can be used for any occasion or decoration:
Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings, Halloween, Your athletes, School colors, and for Baby’s first Christmas. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

These are the ones I made this year. It is so much fun experimenting with different combinations of ribbons.

Mint and Peppermint Parfait Ribbon Ornament

Supplies:

  • One 3 1/4″ glass ornament
  • 4 Hot Pink Korkers
  • 4 Green Korkers
  • 2 – 12″ pieces of 3/8″ hot pink grosgrain

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Instructions:

  1. Layer 2 korkers of the same color at a time. Continue until all the korkers are used. Turn the bulb around and slightly tilt it as  you feed in the korkers. Use a wooden skewer to help position the ribbon.
  2. Replace the top.
  3. Add a bow and a hanging ribbon using the two 12″ pieces of 3/8″ hot pink grosgrain ribbon.

 

Angel Ribbon Ornament

Supplies:

  • One 3 1/4″ glass ornament
  • 12-24″ Angel decorated ribbon
  • 24″ saddle stitch ribbon in red
  • 24″ saddle stitch ribbon in white/red
  • 24″ Angel for a bow
  • 12″ white satin ribbon, 3/8″ or less

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Instructions:

  1. Add the Angel ribbon to the ornament first. Twist the decorated ribbon with the image on the outside. Use a skewer to position the ribbon for the angels are right-side up. Adding 12″ of the 5/8″ decorated ribbon at a time makes it easier to control.
  2. Add the other ribbons randomly. This gives a casual effect and adds to the interest of the ornament. Each ornament will be unique!
  3. Replace the top.
  4. Finish with hanger made from the white satin ribbon. Loop it through the hanger of the ornament, tie the top in a square knot. Add a Angel ribbon bow.

 

Soccer Ribbon Ornament

( For the athlete in your  family)

Supplies:

  • One 3 1/4″ glass ornament
  • 12″ Jolly Holiday decorated ribbon (three sets of words)
  • 24″ of Soccer ribbon in red, 7/8″ wide – cut into two 12″ pieces
  • 24″ Swiss dots, White/black, 5/8″ wide
  • 24″ Stripes, black, 7/8″ wide
  • 24″ red satin ribbon, 3/8″ wide for the hanger

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Instructions:

  1. Add the Jolly Holiday ribbon using a skewer to position the ribbon. Make sure the words are facing up so you can easily read them.
  2. Add one 12″ piece of the Soccer ribbon. Twist the ribbon as you feed it through the opening. Use a skewer to spread it out as much as you can.
  3. Add the Swiss dots and Stripes.
  4. Add the last 12″ piece of Soccer ribbon.
  5. Try different layers until you like the results. I used a long nosed tweezers to remove any ribbon that wasn’t cooperating! Then I tried again.
  6. Replace the top. Add the red satin ribbon hanger.

 

Train Ribbon Ornament


(For Andy’s First Christmas!)

Supplies:

  • 24″ plus a little more of Trains, 5/8″ wide, in 12″ pieces
  • 24″ plus a little more of Stripes, Baby Blue, 5/8″ wide, cut in 12″ pieces , plus 12″ of the bow
  • 24″ Blue grosgrain, 5/8″ wide, cut in 12″ pieces
  • 12′ red satin, 3/8″ wide for color in the glass ornament and another 12″ for the hanger.

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Instructions:

  1. I put the Train ribbon in first. By using smaller pieces, I could control where they go. The results will still become a random design.
  2. Add the other ribbons, interchanging the colors to create an effect you like.
  3. Replace the top and add a bow and hanging ribbon.

This is so much fun! There are so many possibilities!

See  you tomorrow,

Rita

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