How to Put Ribbon Garland on a Christmas Tree

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A ribbon garland can serve as the perfect solution to concealing those bare spots in your Christmas tree, while also adding a touch of color and texture. While there are no set rules to placing ribbon garland, positioning it incorrectly can make your tree look too busy.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Things You'll Need

  • Christmas tree
  • Ribbon garland of various sizes
  • Green chenille stems (pipe cleaners)
  • Faux garland or faux greenery
  • Ornaments
  • Scissors
  • Pliers 
  • Ladder (or chair) 
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Tip

  • Using ribbons of varying size and shape will add interest and texture to your tree.

Step 1

If you're using an artificial tree, assemble the tree according to the manufacturer's instructions, and "fluff" each branch to fill out any gaps.

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Step 2

If your tree is not pre-lit, string lights around the tree.

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Step 3

Cut some garland into several 1-foot pieces. Gather any other faux greenery you might want to use. These will serve as fillers in the tree and help fill in any gaps.

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Step 4

Insert garland and greenery to cover noticeable gaps.

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Tip

  • Each time after inserting a few pieces of garland and/or greenery, step away from the tree to ensure you are "filling" the tree evenly, and assess where the remaining gaps may be.

Step 5

Cut several 6-inch pieces of green chenille.

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Step 6

Wrap the end of your ribbon with a chenille stem, leaving some excess chenille open at the ends (which will serve to anchor to the tree).

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Step 7

Continue tying the chenille stems approximately 1 1/2 feet apart along the ribbon.

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Tip

  • Feel free to cut your ribbon every 6 feet or so to make wrapping it around the tree a little easier and more manageable.

Step 8

Starting at the very top of the tree, tie the end of the ribbon to the back of the tree by twisting the excess chenille stem around a branch.

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Step 9

Bring the ribbon around and tie the next chenille stem onto a branch of the tree.

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Step 10

Keep going around and tie the third chenille stem to the side of the tree. Allow the ribbon to hang a bit loosely in between each tie as opposed to being pulled taut.

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Tip

  • You can also use the tree branches to secure the ribbon onto the tree as pictured below.

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Step 11

Continue the tree wrapping process in a zigzag manner, leaving even spaces in between layers.

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Step 12

Once your ribbon runs out, tie a second ribbon to the back of the tree (as outlined in Step 8).

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Step 13

Continue wrapping and tying ribbon, leaving even spaces in between layers.

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Step 14

Proceed all the way to the bottom of the tree, making the loops of the ribbon a little looser towards the bottom, and following the triangular shape of the tree.

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Step 15

For a little more interest, use a different size and shape of ribbon. Tie a chenille stem to the end.

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Step 16

Loosely wrap the second type of ribbon around the tree in alternating rows, allowing organic movement.

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Step 17

Sort ornaments from smallest to largest and lightest to heaviest.

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Step 18

Starting at the top of the tree, begin placing your small/light ornaments, followed by medium and then largest/heaviest as you proceed down the tree. Add any interesting and unusually shaped ornaments last.

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Step 19

To make the topper, tie a simple bow with your main ribbon and thread a piece of green chenille to the back of the bow.

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Step 20

Attach the bow to the very top of the tree.

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Step 21

Tuck the excess ribbon from the bow into the sides of the tree, ensuring you do not alter the shape of the tree.

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Stand back and adjust any ornaments or ribbon as you see fit, and enjoy the magical glow of your newly decorated Christmas tree.

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