Use It Tuesday - 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

I missed a week... I know. With the promotion going on at Stampin' Up! and the short school week I got a little off track! But I didn't forget about you! Here's my latest attempt at using those oh-so-lovable goodies we have stashed in every available drawer. (C'mon... you know you do...)

This week, I'm focusing again on ribbon with a guest appearance by Felt Flurries Snowflakes. With Christmas season rolling up on us soon, I thought it would be fun to try a ribbon tree. If you don't have much time to spare, you will be happy to know that it only took about an hour from start to finish.


Basic instructions:

1. Cut ribbon into 2" lengths. (Cut about 12 of each color to begin with, then cut more as you go.)

2. Start near the bottom of the foam cone. Fold one piece of ribbon in half. Using a flat head push pin, insert the pin through the cut ends of the ribbon into the cone.

3. Repeat with a second piece of ribbon. Very slightly overlap the edge of the ribbon so that you hide the foam underneath.  Repeat all the way around the cone.

4. Start a second row. You'll want to pin this one so that the loop that hangs down covers the pin of the ribbon in the lower row. Repeat and complete this second row.

5. Repeat, going a row higher each time until you are near the top of the cone. Some samples found online use a tiny tree topper to cover the top of the cone and further embellish the tree. I wanted to use items already on-hand, so I used additional ribbon and Felt Flurries instead.

6. Cut the ribbon long enough to cover the top of the cone and leave a loop on both sides, pinning into place (where it will hold the loop). Repeat until the top of the cone is covered.

7. And then wrap a piece of coordinating ribbon around the loops and pin in place.

8. The very last step was to pin the snowflakes in place for decoration - including one to cover a "bald spot" on my tree!

So there you have it, ribbon trees! Easy and oh-so-cute. Now I have to decide: keep it or put it on a tray with cookies for a gift. Better go look at my naughty/nice list one more time....

If you'd like to give this a try, here are some options to consider:
  • Alternate colors of ribbon on the same row.
  • Use one color of ribbon for a monochromatic look.
  • Cut longer lengths and separate the rows a bit more for a more elongated look.
  • Adhere Rhinestone or Pearl Jewels (stickers) to resemble ornaments.
  • Use decorative push pins instead of the flat head kind used here. Separate your rows a bit more so that the pins show; they'll look like tiny ornaments!
Thanks for your patience and thank you for stopping by! I hope you've been inspired to dig into your stash!

Supplies:
Felt Flurries Snowflakes (ret.)
5/8" Chocolate Chip Ribbon, Soft Sky Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, (Certainly Celery) Ribbon Bundle from past Sale-a-bration promotion
Other (items from the craft store): Flat-head pins, Foam Cone 
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Comments

  1. What a great way to use up ribbon! Such a fantastic tree, too!

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  2. I've been wanting to make one, but haven't yet. thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wonderful idea! Thanks for the step by steps!

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  4. Love the little tree! Great way to use little bits of ribbon. Thanks for the instructions.

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  5. This is a great use-it-Tuesday project! Love this tree! Now, would I be able to cut up that much ribbon in one sitting. Not sure. :)

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