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.