Oh Christmas tree! Oh Christmas tree!!!
How I love this tree! It is pre-lit and takes no time to put up. I use ribbon and ornaments that coordinate with the decor in my house. I used very inexpensive ball ornaments and sparkly snowflakes purchased from target, along with crystal like stars/snowflakes and wired ribbon from Michael’s craft store for the bulk of the filler. I also have antique and heirloom glass ornaments sprinkled in. Clear glass ball ornaments are also tucked into the tree to create subtle sparkle. I try to keep the palette down to 3 colors and create visual interest by using different textures and materials and use lots of sparkle!
To create the cascading ribbon look, i simply start at the top of the tree. Take your wired ribbon and secure it on one of the branches( it is easy because of the wire, you can just kinda clamp it on). Make sure the ribbon is still on the spool because this helps to maintain the curl created from being rolled up tight. Now slowly unwind as you go down making sure to tuck part of the curl into or on a branch. this helps to secure the strand from simply drooping and eventually loosing the desired shape. Once you get to the bottom, just do the same going up. I don’t cut the ribbon because it is easier to store as one piece and its an extra step i don’t want to take! 😉 It’s not as daunting once you get the hang of it… 😀
Now the fun part! Grab the kids, your SO, a friend, or if you’re like me….super anal about the placement of ornaments so you get the kids their own tree to decorate haha, just do it yourself! 🙂