I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I spent some of the time after Thanksgiving working on Christmas crafts so I can get my decorations up. I'll be sharing some of those crafts with you over the next few days.
I've been wanting to make one of these ribbon loopy trees for awhile and last week Michael's had all of their Christmas ribbon on sale for 50 % off (which made them 1.00 a spool) so I took it as a sign that I was destined to craft out one of these little trees. It was much easier than I thought it would be.
All you need is ribbon (I bought six spools for the first tree and had some leftover), straight pins, scissors, a styrofoam cone, cardstock, a toothpick, and glue.
Cut your ribbon into 3 inch strips. (I find it easier to cut a bunch of strips first.) Grab a strip, fold it in half, and starting at the bottom of the foam cone attach the looped ribbon with a straight pin. I started off by attaching them with just one straight pin but noticed that the loops were tilting so I started using two straight pins - one on each side of each loop of ribbon and this worked much better. Go all around the cone and do one "level" and when you've completed that level, go up a bit and start another one. Vary your ribbons as you like and just keep working your way up the cone.
Then to create the little star topper, I just cut out two red stars and two smaller white stars using my Slice machine. Then I glued the red stars to each other with a toothpick in the middle. I glued the white stars on to each red star and stuck the toothpick in the very top of the cone. I tied a small bow as a finishing touch.
This project took me about an hour - it's a great project to keep your hands busy while watching TV.
I showed my Mom the first ribbon tree and she asked that I make her one and I was more than happy to oblige and made hers in more traditional red and green.
That's what I love about these - you can make them traditional, modern, fun, whimsical, or however you want just by varying the types and colors of ribbons you use.