Ribbon Tree Tutorial | Vintage, Paint and more...

Friday, November 28, 2014

Ribbon Tree Tutorial

Vintage, Paint and more... DIY cone trees made on a budget with ribbon and poster board
We spent a wonderful day with our family yesterday - eating, laughing,  and just enjoying our time together.  I am recovering from turkey coma as I always have to the day after Thanksgiving.  So in keeping with just taking it easy today I thought  I would bring you a simple little craft that can easily done in about 30 minutes to an hour.  I love decorating with those cute little cone trees at Christmas (and actually all year round).  If you have been following me for long you know that I make them out of all sorts of mediums.  So today I thought I would show you how to make a very simple and quick one out of ribbons that is also quite budget friendly (maybe even free if you have these supplies on hand)

Vintage, Paint and more... cone trees made from ribbon, poster board and rope tinsel

Aren't these cute.  I used some glitzy ribbon that I picked up at the Dollar Tree to make these.  The solid gold one is made with rope tinsel that was also bought at the Dollar store.  Love that Dollar store - always finding something fun to play with there.

Supplies you will need :
2" wide wired ribbon - 9 - 12 feet ( 1 roll usually comes in 9 - 18 feet so check yours)
9 feet makes a small tree
12 feet makes a large tree
poster board or cereal box
hot glue gun and sticks
(some of my pictures are bit unclear as I was crafting these at night with poor lighting)  
To make the cone for the base of the tree please see the tutorial I wrote here.

After making your base you will add the ribbon to it like this.

Vintage, Paint and more... 2" wire ribbon used to DIY budget friendly cone trees

Fold the 2" wired ribbon in half and glue it together along the edge. 

Vintage, Paint and more... 2" glittery wired ribbon used to make ribbon cone trees

Then cut a slit in the folded side about every 1/2 - 3/4 inch to make the loops.

Vintage, Paint and more... poster board and wired ribbon from the dollar store used to diy cone trees on a budget

Now glue the wired edge along the bottom of the cone leaving a little hanging off the edge so no cardboard is showing cut it when it meets.

Vintage, Paint and more... wired ribbon used to make cone trees

Glue the next row on leaving it overlapping the previous row by about 1/2 inch.  Keep doing this until you reach the top.

Vintage, Paint and more... cone trees diy'd with ribbon
For the very top glue two pieces you cut from the ribbon measuring about 2" x 1/2" in an "x" form.  

Vintage, Paint and more...  Cone tree made with dollar store ribbon and poster board
 Glue the center of the "x" right on the tip of the tree.  Then you will have to glue the ends of each part of the "x" down so they do not stick out.  You can play with this until you get the look you want.  Trim any fraying of the ribbon that might be sticking out.

There you have it.  One very cute little ribbon cone tree.  So simple and quick you can make an entire forest in one afternoon if you like.

Vintage, Paint and more... Cone trees made with ribbon, gold rope tinsel and poster board

I love grouping them in little vignettes, mixing the different textures to make a more interesting grouping - like this ribbon tree sitting on old books with the gold rope tinsel tree.  Mixing different mediums  and textures brings more interest into your vignettes and gives the eye that unexpected little pop to land on. 
Vintage, Paint and more... Ribbon cone tree with book page snowflakes

Or just letting one sit alone to make its own statement like this one sitting on a glittery gold wrapped box tied with twine and the book page snowflakes to add just  another layer of texture.  

So what are you doing today?  Recovering like me, creating something really special or Black Friday shopping.  Whatever it is share it with us in the comments below - we love to hear from you.  I answer all comments with email

Until next time - enjoy creating something you love. 

I will be linking up to the parties listed on the I Party At page.  Please go and visit some of them.  There is so much creativeness and inspiration found at each and every one of them.  


  1. Cathy,
    Thanks so much for visiting!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!
    Love this idea!! So cute!!


  2. This looks fun, I wonder what it would look like if I threw in some of that crazy eyelash yarn in with it...hmmm

  3. These are beautiful. I'm so not talented or crafty enough to make one, but I love looking at them!!

  4. So pretty, and I love that Dollar Store, too! My favorite is the red one. Cone trees have become quite popular lately, and yours are some of the nicest I've seen!

  5. Cathy your tree is absolutely gorgeous!

  6. I love everything you make and how your tutorials make it easy for us to do it too!

  7. oh goodness... this is so beautiful will definitely pin this after Pinterest is fixed!

  8. I am anxious to make one...they are adorable! Thanks for sharing, Cathy.
    Have a wonderful week.

  9. I was just thinking that I could use ribbon to make a tree.. I have bought a couple of styro cones to do this with.

  10. Your trees are lovely and you did a very nice job. Have fun enjoying them.
    Blessings, Nellie

  11. These would be so fun to make - Pinning!

  12. Very pretty! I love the technique you used. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  13. Cathy what a great christmas craft, I just love these!!! Congrats on the feature from the Cottage Market Junkin Joe. I am definitely making these. And Dollar Tree Ribbon how can you beat it!!

  14. The tree looks great .I love the technique you used. Thank you for linking up at Bloggers Brags. I've pinned your post to Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board. We would love to see you again next monday.

  15. These are very cute! I never realized how easy they were to make. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a merry Christmas season!

    Blessings, Deborah