Ribbon Tree

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  • 1 qty - 13 in. Paper Maché Cone • 30190273
  • 20 yd. - 1 in. Wired Ribbon* or similar
  • Optional: Christmas Picks


  • Ruler
  • Sharp Scissors
  • Low Temp Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

*NOTE: You can coordinate and use more than one design print of ribbon.


1. Cut pieces of ribbon in 8 in. lengths. If you are using just one ribbon print, you will need approximately 80 pieces. If you are using more than one ribbon print, cut pieces as needed so you can design your tree as you make the layers.

2. Take each 8 in. piece of ribbon and fold in half. Glue the cut ends together while gathering them up at the same time. This will make the ribbon pouf up more.

3. You will be gluing about 7 rows of ribbon to the paper maché cone to form the tree. For the first row, starting at the bottom of the cone, glue one of the ribbon loops about 1-1/2 in. up from the edge. Continue gluing ribbon loops around the base; it’ll be about 17 loops.

4. Second row, start about 1-1/2 in. above the first row and align the ribbon loops between the first rows for the second layer before gluing. There will be approximately 16 loops all around. Continue gluing rows of ribbon loops around the cone, always aligning in between the previous row as you add a layer. Here’s the approximate number of loops for the remaining rows: 3rd = 14, 4th= 12, 5th= 9, 6th = 7.

5. When you get to the top of the cone, glue on 4 ribbon loops. Use some of the remaining ribbon to make a small loopy bow and glue to the very top of the cone.

6. Finishing - Fluff out the loops to make the tree full.  Optional - take apart some pics and glue pieces in between the ribbon loops for added embellishment.