Great Ribbon Decorating Ideas for Christmas

I’ve always had a love of textiles and trimmings and with the festive season upon us, I thought I’d share with you some great ribbon decorating ideas for Christmas.

Jane Means ribbon

Ribbon by Jane Means

Aside from the very obvious way that ribbon is used lavishly, luxuriously and in flamboyant, festive ways to wrap gift boxes at Christmas, it is an extremely versatile product that can be used all over the home to assist in the creation of an embellished and decorated Christmas.


What about selecting three or four colours to compliment your personal Christmas pallet and, instead of the traditional paper chain, making a ribbon chain or garland instead…  Ribbon widths can be uniform or you can mix widths and fabric types.


Baubles are beautiful on a tree but showering your Christmas tree with hand tied bows, large or small, or twirling wide, wired ribbon around and around your tree is beautiful if you wish to soften the style of decoration.


Wreaths with an abundance or red ribbon are seasonally enhanced and very appealing.

Ribbon wreath

Image Courtesy of Clifton Nurseries

Banisters and dining chairs need not go undecorated at this time of year.  Drape or wrap an evergreen garland from top to bottom of your staircase banister and dress with bows and hanging, curled ribbons, along with other festive decorations.  Dining chair backs, tied with a large ribbon with a snuggly held candy cane, place name ‘gift tag’ or prettily wrapped table gift are a practical addition to Christmas table settings.


Image courtesy of Sophias Decor

If the pictures around the walls of your home appear neglected in terms of Christmas decoration, then embellish one top corner of random frames with a sprig of holly, tied with copious lengths of ribbon and secure with easily removed, non-damaging sticky tape.


Tall candlesticks are another seasonal decoration where snuggly tied bows and draping ribbons can add elegance.  An embellishment at the candle base and some well chosen satin or velvet ribbon on either one or a grouping of candles will enhance a table setting or fireplace and add that cosy Christmas feel that we all love.

Bauble ribbon

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Light fittings are often designed in such a way that they lend themselves to being transformed into Christmas chandeliers.  With the addition of fine thread-suspended baubles, draped evergreen garlands and lots of twirled, tied and curled, hanging ribbons, a dramatic chandelier can quickly be created.  This can add an effective centrepiece to any room and is a great suggestion for light fittings that are positioned over dining tables.

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Image courtesy of Recycled Crafts

Wherever evergreen garlands are hung, draped and displayed for Christmas, attaching randomly positioned, ribbon tied bows with a little florist wire always adds subtle, seasonal detail.  Bow-decorated, garlands, sit beautifully along fireplaces and window sills, fit, grandly from floors to ceilings in room corners and, when draped and equidistantly clipped, embellish seasonal table edges to perfection

I always love to see new creative used for ribbon, especially off cuts and roll ends. Feel free to share your ideas with us on Instagram and Facebook…we’d love to see your photos.  x

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Make a Fabric Rose with Wired Ribbon: DIY Tutorial

light gold wedding ribbon

A fabric rose is really easy to make with wired ribbon and doesn’t require many materials. The feedback on our Gift Wrapping Courses is that this is one of the most favourite things that attendees make and proudly take home with them.

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It will add an instant luxury decoration to your gifts and is a perfect alternative for a brides Bouquet. Wired roses can also be added to a fascinator, hat or used as a corsage

ribbon rose step 1
You will need approximately 1/2 metre of wired ribbon,  a stem of wire, and a button.  In this project I have used our luxury pale gold wired ribbon which is perfect for weddings.

ribbon rose step 2
1. Fold the wire in half an slot on the button. Twist the two ends all the way down

ribbon rose step 3

2. The wired ribbon will have very fine wires either side and you will gather one side only

3. At the end of the ribbon you will need to gently push back the ribbon to reveal the end of the wire (do not pull the wire out)

4. Holding the wire at the end, gently push the ribbon up at the wire at either end (one side only).  The gathered ribbon will then have the 2 ends of wire visible.  You will need to do this gently as the wire is usually very fine and can snap easily

5. Place the buttoning the corner of the ruched ribbon

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6. Start rotating the ribbon around the button to form your rose

ribbon rose step 6

7. When you have finished, twist the wires together to secure

ribbon rose step 7

8. You can also add stem tape to cover the wire (optional) then tie the stem in to your bow

stem tape rose

If you are giving a special item such as a wedding gift, it looks great if you add several flowers with netting

wedding gift wrapping

You could make a raffle prize look spectacular.  Try a bottle wrapped in cellophane with some wired roses attached

cellophane bottle wrapping

You can go a step further and fray the edges on one side of the ribbon

fabric rose tutorial

I also love to experiment with various colours and have done a green version of a frayed rose here

DIY ribbon rose tutorial

What I love about this project, is you don’t need a lot of materials. Our standard 10 metre roll would end up making over 20 beautiful roses so this is luxury gift styling without spending a fortune.

If you haven’t got any wired ribbon to hand, you can just add a slip stitch along one side and gather the ribbon in to the centre of the thread.

I hope to be demonstrating this great idea on my Gift Wrapping Show on Create and Craft TV on Saturday 20th June at 5.00pm.  UK viewers can tune in to Freeview 36 or Sky674.  If you are outside of the UK or have missed the live show, you can view it online.  Do email in to the live show to get a cheerful wave from me.

Have fun!

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