How To Make A Ribbon Christmas Tree

This is a project that I did a year ago. Just like my Halloween sugar cookie recipe, this post originally appeared on my old website. I thought it was lost forever, but was fortunate enough to find a copy of the post in a document file.

Here’s the post as it was written a year ago…
Ah, it’s that time of year again – autumn and the beginning of the holiday season. There’s Halloween next month, Thanksgiving in November this week, and in a blink of an eye it’ll be Christmas morning. So you know what that means don’t you? It’s time to start making those wonderful holiday decorations!

A few weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Crafts magazine to start getting ideas for some holiday decorations. I found quite a few things that I want to make this year. One project that stood out to me was the Christmas Tree Concerto. It’s a Christmas tree made from a foam cone covered in loops of sheet music.

I decided to make my own version, only using loops of ribbon to cover the tree instead of sheet music. In my travels to Wal-Mart one week, I picked up a foam floral cone and some ribbon. When I started this project, I wasn’t sure how I was going to top my tree. The one in the magazine used a giant jingle bell, but I wanted to try something different, plus, I was fresh out of giant jingle bells. I tried a few options, with the help of my mother and sister, and settled on a simple package bow with some ribbons dangling down the sides.
Here’s how I made my tree.

Note: I do not recommend using a foam floral cone for this project. It was messy to use. The foam starts to crumble off and feels like sand, so you’re constantly wiping your hands. By the time I got to the top of the cone, the tip was weakened a bit from my constantly handling it, so they are a bit fragile. A regular Styrofoam cone would be a much sturdier choice.

Materials needed

  • Foam cone 3-7/8 inch x 8-7/8 inch
  • 3/8-inch wide ribbon in 2 colors – The rolls I used each had 18 feet per spool. You will need 2 spools of each color. I used the full 18 feet of each color and just a small amount from the second rolls. If you are using only one color for your tree, 3 spools will be enough.
  • Felt
  • Pins
  • Something to use as a tree topper – bow, ribbon, ornament, etc.
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors


Cut a piece of felt large enough to cover the bottom of the cone. Glue the felt to the cone with craft glue.

Begin cutting 4-inch long strips of ribbon.

Starting at the bottom of the cone, fold the strips of ribbon in half to form loops, making sure not to crease the ribbon. You want nice soft loops.

Begin pinning the first row around the entire cone, making sure the bottom of the loop is flush with the bottom of the cone.

With the second color, start pinning the second row. You’ll want to place the ribbon about a 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch above the first row.

Continue pinning rows until you reach the top of the cone.

To hide the pins that are visible at the top row, cut a piece of ribbon long enough to fit around the tip of the cone. You can either glue this around the edge of that final row, or just wrap it around the edge, making sure to cover the pins, and pin in place using a pearl-tipped pin, which is the option I chose.

For the tree topper I recycled a used pre-made gift package bow. First, trim the bottom piece to about the same size as the cone tip. Then place a piece of double-stick tape on that bottom piece.

Next, cut about 6 or 7 long lengths of 1/8-inch wide, wire-edged ribbon and wrap each one around a pen to about halfway up the length of the ribbon to form curlicues. Place them on the double-stick tape to position them around all sides of the bow. Place a piece of regular tape on top of the ribbons to keep them in place.

Turn the bow over. Stick a couple of pins through the center of the bow, going through the tape and ribbons underneath, and then stick that into the top of the cone, and your Christmas tree is complete.

Happy crafting!

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