Follow our step by step guide or watch our easy to follow video on how to make a decorative Ribbon Tree
You will need:
- Different coloured ribbon about 5 metres of each
- Jar or small vase
- Polystyrene ball
- Large knitting needle
- Play sand
- Glitter (optional)
- Take a long length of ribbon approx 70cm (28") and apply a glue to one end.
- Glue the ribbon on to the pointed end of of the knitting needle. then wrap the ribbon all the way up to the end of the needle.
- Trim off excess ribbon and glue in place
- Push the pointed end of the needle into the poly ball to form the tree trunk
- Keep a 50cm of ribbon to tie around the jar, then cut the remaining ribbon into 7.5cm (3") lengths
- Begin to fill the polystyrene ball with ribbon. Take a piece of ribbon, fold one end over the other to form a loop. Pin the ribbon loop onto the polystyrene ball, making sure the pins are underneath the loop and hidden. You may need two pins for wider ribbon.
- Repeat until the whole surface of the ball is covered alternating the colour and direction of the ribbon.
- Take your jar and vase and tie a ribbon around this into a bow.
- Fill the container with play sand and stir through some glitter if using.
- Place the tree trunk of the ribbon tree into the sand and secure.
You will need:
- A pack of Cotton Quarters or 1/4 metre of 3 or 4 assorted craft fabrics
- 3 Metres of 2.5 (1") wide bias binding or ribbon.
- Matching thread
- Bunting template
- Place the template onto the fabric and cut out flags, for 8 flags you will need 16 pieces in total.
- Place 2 flag pieces on top of each other, pattern sides facing and pin together along the long edges.
- Sew 1cm seam allowance along the 2 long sides to ma a V shape. Leave the top open.
- Trim the excess fabric at the point to reduce bulk. Turn tight side out and press. Trim away any excess fabric from the top to neaten. Repeat with the remaining flags.
- Attach the bias binding. Fold the bias binding down over the raw edge of the flag and sew 1/2cm from bias edge. Place each flag at 10cm intervals from each other and sew the flag only there is no need to sew the length of the bias. Double fold the ends of the bias and sew down to prevent fraying and leave a neat edge.