How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree: Part 1 (Getting started, choosing a theme, adding lights and floral accents)
How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree: Part 2 (Putting up large and specialty ornaments)
How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree: Part 3 (Putting up the ball ornaments)
How you deal with the ribbon/garland can seriously make or break the tree. And I know I’m a tree snob, but I’m totally serious.
The most common mistakes with the ribbon/garland are 1) putting it on before anything else, and 2) just wrapping it around the tree.
We’ve already discussed the order of things thus far, and obviously ribbon is almost last, so let’s discuss how we get it on the tree.
I use both types of ribbon differently, so let’s start with the gold ribbon.
If you use beads or another type of garland which won’t curl by itself like the ribbon does, just kind of drape them generously. I used to use gold beads and I had a lot of fun dripping them all over the tree randomly. Random is always the key.
After I do the gold ribbon, I do my patterned ribbon. It’s wired, so it’s a little bit different to work with, but I still use its own curl from being rolled up in the box for a year.
For this ribbon, I secure a piece at the very tippy top of the tree (where the topper will eventually hide it) and cascade it straight down, tucking it in every so often. Like so:
Here is what our tree is looking like now:
Only one more part to go…just a few finishing touches, and then you can sit back with some hot cocoa and enjoy your masterpiece.
Click here for Part 5: Finishing Touches
So Pretty! I need to give ribbon a try again. Never been good at that but after you explained it all I think I will be able to do it. I look forward to getting a new tree for my new house next year and starting from step 1 and ending with a masterpiece. Thanks for all the great tips! I have really enjoyed reading these posts.
For years my mom wrapped a white ribbon around her tree. My dad always said it looked like some one TP'd the tree. We could not convince her otherwise. Now it's a red ribbon though. I have to admit after not putting up a tree for 2 years, I have no idea the state of my decos, or what awaits me when I pull the box out of the man cave. I'm a bit scared truthfully.
Your tree could beat up my tree.
My cats would really love it at your house they loves watching me throw the ribbon on the tree or at least have in the past. It just gets really old after a while chasing down the decorations they have decided are toys. This year I'm thinking the built in lighted tree looks great all on its own. Shrugs