Crafters of all ages will enjoy making a primitive scrap ribbon Christmas tree ornament to gift or keep this holiday season. In this post, learn how to use shades of green and brown scrap ribbon to emulate the welcoming branches of a Christmas tree.
How to Make a Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament
My oldest son received his first pair of sneakers with laces this week! He is incredibly excited to learn how to tie his shoes. To help him practice, we spent some time creating a ribbon Christmas tree ornament.
These Christmas ornaments are lovely and we can’t wait to give them away to friends and family. More importantly, they helped my son master the first step in shoe tying.
- Straight sticks or cinnamon sticks, 6-inch
- Hot glue gun
- After gathering supplies, invite kids to tie the scraps of ribbon down the twig or cinnamon stick.
- For best results, bunch the ribbons close together. The ribbons will bend and slightly overlap. Gently tug them into place until you are satisfied with their placement.
- Use sharp scissors to trim the ribbon scraps into the shape of a Christmas tree.
- If desired, melt the edges of the ribbons with a match so the ribbon doesn’t fray.
- Hot glue or tie a loop of twine to the top of the tree.
- If desired, top the tree with a wooden star, yellow button, or primitive metal star.
- Your Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornament is complete!
To Make a Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament You Will Need
- Straight sticks (6″ in length) or cinnamon sticks
- Ribbons (cut into 9-inch strips)
- Hot glue gun
Directions for Ribbon Tree Ornament
1. After gathering supplies, show kids how to tie the scraps of ribbon down the twig or cinnamon stick. I’ve found that wide ribbons, tied into single loose knots, give the best coverage.
2. For best results, bunch the ribbons close together. The ribbons will bend and slightly overlap. Gently tug them into place until you are satisfied with their placement. We used between 13-16 strips of ribbon for each ornament.
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3. Use sharp scissors to trim the ribbon scraps into the shape of a Christmas tree. If desired, melt the edges of the ribbons with a match so the ribbon doesn’t fray.
Tip: Worried about ribbon waste? Use your small scraps of leftover ribbon to make an adorable Pine Cone and Ribbon Turkey!
I happen to adore how a little fray gives the ornaments a more primitive look. (I even tugged a little more at the edges of the ribbon to make this happen!) This effect can also be replicated with cotton and wool fabric scraps; I’ve also made this ornament with cinnamon sticks and flannel…it looks just as adorable!
Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments are beautifully rustic and simple. They look especially cute dangling from the Christmas tree or a jar of homemade hot chocolate mix!
Video Tutorial: Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments
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