How to add ribbon loops to a Christmas tree for a decorative look! This is my easy method to fill unsightly gaps in the branches and add a pop of color. It’s easier than you might think!

Each year, I start thinking about what theme I want for my Christmas tree around September. Yes, I know that’s early but a girl needs time to shop! I love coming up with a color scheme and a decorating plan for the “pretty” tree I put up in our living room. (As opposed to our family tree which includes a hodge-podge of sentimental ornaments collected over the years.)

I try to reuse as many elements as I can year to year to 1) cut down on cost and 2) reduce storage needs! So this year, I decided to use my traditional gold, white, and silver ornaments and change up the look with ribbon loops!

blue and white french christmas tree with fireplace mantel in background and presents and ornaments around base

If you’ve considered adding ribbon to your tree but haven’t actually taken the plunge because it seems difficult, let me assure you that my method is super easy.

blue and white french christmas tree with fireplace mantel in background with white stockings and white feather trees

So here are my step-by-step instructions for how to decorate this tree! I’ve included everything from set-up, to ribbon, and even the decor I stash underneath! You don’t have to use this color scheme to follow along. Simply pick your colors, pick your filler elements, and you’ll be off and running.

Step 1: Fluff Your Tree

If you have an artificial tree, don’t underestimate the importance of fluffing! Fluffing your tree simply means separating the branches and bending them into natural shapes. Believe it or not, I spend about an hour fluffing each of my artificial trees, going branch by branch.

Tip: The inside branches can be bent upward to make the tree appear fuller and cover the trunk.

DIY flocked artificial christmas tree next to white fireplace with mercury garland and basket of wood

I took the below photos before I flocked the tree because the tree has to be fluffed before flocking. Of course, flocking is optional but if you want to get the look, here’s my guide for How to Flock a Tree the Easy Way!

Step 2: Add Ribbon

I love adding ribbon to my tree because it allows me to include a pop of color, even if my ornaments are the same year to year. Plus, ribbon gives a tree a very elegant look.

Last year my tree included criss-cross ribbon, but this year, I added ribbon loops. My tree has a lot of gaps, so my goal was to fill the gaps with ribbon!

DIY flocked artificial christmas tree with three types of ribbon loops next to white fireplace with mercury garland and basket of wood

Best Ribbon for Christmas Trees

My widest ribbon was 2.5″ because that’s the widest I could find in the color I wanted; however, for your main ribbon, I suggest at least 3″ if not 4″ so that it really stands out. The other ribbons can range from 2″ – 3″.

The best ribbon to use is wired-edge ribbon so that it holds the shape you want to use.

How Much Ribbon to Use

For this tree, I used three different types of ribbon:

closeup of blue velvet wired ribbon sheer blue ribbon and gray ribbon used to decorate a christmas tree

How to Create Ribbon Loops

The easiest method for adding loops of ribbon to your tree is to simply cut the ribbon into individual lengths to fill each gap. This is the trick that makes this so easy! No more weaving your ribbon in and out of the tree – just use individual pieces! Start with your biggest, main ribbon, and work your way down to the smallest one.

Simply tuck the free end of the ribbon into the tree where you want to start your loop. If it doesn’t stay, you can wrap it around a branch using the wired edge to hold it in place.

closeup of gap in tree where ribbon will be used to fill the space

Next, pull the ribbon out to create a loop and then tuck it back into the tree. I only make 1 loop per cut section so that I have full control as to where to place them and can easily move them around later if need be.

closeup with hands showing how to attach ribbon to tree to create ribbon loops to fill a gap

My ribbon sections range from 6″ to 15″ each but the lengths will depend on the size of the areas you want to fill on your tree.

Tip: Don’t worry about making them vertical…using them at angles creates more interest!

closeup showing gap in christmas tree filled with a blue velvet ribbon loop

As you move through the remainder of the steps, be sure to keep adjusting your ribbon loops as necessary to get the look you want!

Step 3: Add Ornaments

Always start with your largest ornaments and work your way down to the smallest. Make sure that you evenly space the various types of ornaments throughout the tree. And if there isn’t quite enough room to hang one, consider tucking it into the tree and allowing it to sit on branches!

blue and white french christmas tree with fireplace mantel in background and presents and ornaments around base

The secret to hanging ornaments is to make sure that they hang perfectly vertical!

Kim @Tidbits&Twine

I’ve collected my ornaments over a number of years and use them each year. Most came from Hobby Lobby, but a few are also from HomeGoods.

white silver and gold ornaments in a basket tray underneath a flocked christmas tree

Step 4: Add Filler

I love adding bits of the unexpected to my trees, from feather boas to ferns and even snowy branches! This year, I used poinsettias, ferns, and berries, with just a couple of mistletoe bits. The poinsettias and berries came as individual holiday picks, but the ferns came as a larger bunch that I cut apart.

5 DECORATING TIPS You Should Know!

Get my FREE 5-day email guide and join the 10,000 subscribers who already receive the weekly decorating tips and exclusive art!

.
closeup of white poinsettia glitter ferns and glitter berries on a table

I started with the berry picks, some white and some gold, and simply placed them on top of branches. These are similar to the white ones I used. These are similar to the gold berries.

I then added fern stems, some white and some gold, and again, just placed them on top of branches.

closeup of glitter ferns laying on branches of christmas tree decorated with gold white and silver ornaments and blue ribbon

Finally, I added the white poinsettias. I used them to fill any remaining gaps and to cover the ends of any ribbon loops that were visible.

closeup of white poinsettia on christmas tree decorated with gold white and silver ornaments and blue ribbon

Filler Ideas for Christmas Trees

The options for what you can add to a tree (in addition to ornaments) are almost endless but I’ve listed a few of my favorites here:

  • Snow branches
  • Feathers
  • Flowers (poinsettias and roses)
  • Ferns
  • Berries
  • Bird nests or bird houses
  • Glitter birds or butterflies

blue and white french christmas tree with slipcovered sofa in the background with pillows and throw

Step 5: Add Your Tree Topper

Sometimes I used a tree topper and sometimes I don’t! This year, I used a super simple silver and crystal topper.

You can also make a large bow out of your ribbon to use as a topper!

blue and white french christmas tree with fireplace mantel in background with white stockings and white feather trees

Step 6: Decorate Underneath

This is actually my favorite part of decorating the Christmas tree. I love to decorate underneath! Yes, I know this space is for presents, but before you have presents to put there, why not decorate?!

I love using sleighs or sleds, books, trophies, large pinecones, books, small ornaments, nutcrackers, etc.

blue and white french christmas tree with fireplace mantel in background with white stockings and white feather trees
sled underneath a christmas tree with old letters and books stacked on top with pink ornaments
underneath a christmas tree with old books a white bear and trophy cut full of gold pinecones

So that’s my easy ribbon loop Christmas tree! I hope it gave you some ideas for your own tree. If you’re looking for more ideas, you can check out my criss-cross ribbon tree from last year.

blue and white french christmas tree with fireplace mantel in background and presents and ornaments around base

More Christmas Decorating Ideas

Join the Community

Let’s keep in touch! Get exclusive artwork plus the latest news delivered directly to your Inbox!

.

3 Comments

  1. Gorgeous!! Definitely doing this. Thank you for sharing!
    Merry, Merry Christmas!
    Cheers, Sheila

  2. Kris Beck says:

    Can I ask you where you purchased the beautiful blue/white embossed rug you show in the picture of the Christmas tree? I would love to see more of the rug and learn where I could purchase one. Thank you

    1. Hi Kris!

      I got that rug from HomeGoods maybe a couple of years ago…I’m not sure that that particular rug is still being made, but here’s the info: Safavieh Lana Collection Design: LNA789J

      :) Kim

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.