Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture

The only thing that’s as much fun to make as bows are ribbon sculptures!

Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

For this holiday season, I have two different Christmas trees and presents to match!

Christmas Tree #1

Green Ribbon in 3/8″
Brown Ribbon in 3/8″ (I used 1/4″ because that’s all I had.)
Red Ribbon in 3/8″
*For the ribbons, you can use Double Faced Satin Ribbon, Solid Grosgrain Ribbon, Polka Dot Ribbon, Striped Ribbon, Moonstitch Ribbon, Metallic Ribbon, etc. *
Embellishment for the center of bow
Needle, thread, hot glue gun (what would we do without hot glue guns!?)

First, line your clip with the brown ribbon.

I don’t know exactly how much of the green Solid Grosgrain I used. I just cut off the end of the roll when I was finished.

All you have to do is put hot glue on the end of the ribbon and glue it to the width of the tree you want. Then you glue the center of what you’ve glued and bring the ribbon over and attach it where it looks good. Keep doing this, while making each row shorter and shorter, until you are done. Mine turned out just a little crooked, but still cute!

Then I used the red Solid Grosgrain ribbon to make a bow. If you don’t know how to make a little bow like this, let me know and I can put up instructions.

I had some gems laying around and thought they would make a perfect star. I just hot glued it to the center of the bow.

Here are all the pieces. The clip serves as the trunk of the tree. The trunk is the part of the clip that opens.

Glue the tree length wise to the clip. Then glue the bow onto the top of the tree.

Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

All done!

This tree is so easy to make! It took probably under 30 minutes to do, and this was my first one so I was taking all those pictures too. 🙂 I am sure it could go way faster than that.

Tree #2

Green ribbon in 3/8″
Brown ribbon in 3/8″
Gold ribbon in 1/8″
Red ribbon in 3/8″
Embellishment for the center of bow
Needle, thread, hot glue gun

First, line your clip with the red ribbon.

Then measure your brown ribbon to the desired length. I made mine a little short, but you will want to double your length and glue the ends together. The trunk will be a little squished loop.

Next, you will measure your desired length for the branches. Keep in mind that the bottom branches will be longer than the other two sets. Once you know how long you want them to be, double the length and cut. Glue the ends together and then glue onto the trunk (brown ribbon).

Continue the above step with the next two sets of branches. For each set, shorten the length.

At this point, I realized that you could see the ends of the ribbon pieces, and I didn’t like that. I added another loop of ribbon for each set of branches to cover those ribbon ends. I actually like how it turned out better than if I had put the middle loops on in the first place. These loops were about the same size for each set.

Next I made a bow using the same technique as Tree #1. I used a bead to embellish the center.

I didn’t have any gold ribbon that was in 3/4″ or 1/8″. So I did what any crafty person would do on the spot. 🙂 I cut out a strip from my 1 1/2″ Gold Metallic Ribbon, so that’s why there are frays.

With the tree and bow finished, I hot glued the bow onto the top of the tree.

Then all that’s left to do is hot glue the finished tree onto the lined clip and you’re all done!

Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}


Two printed ribbons of your choice in 7/8″ or 1 1/2″
Coordinating ribbon for the ties and bows in 1/8″
Coordinating ribbon for the clip lining

First, line your clip with your coordinating ribbon.

Then cut out enough of the printed ribbon to make a folded square. You will glue one end towards the middle of the back of the ribbon and then glue the other end back to finish the square.

I used Red/White/Silver Christmas Stripe Ribbon in 7/8″ for the first present, and I used White with Red Snowflakes Ribbon in 7/8″ for the second present.

For the Christmas Stripe present wrapping ribbon, I used white Solid Grosgrain Ribbon in 1/8″, and for the Snowflakes Ribbon I used embroidery floss (my red 3/8″ ribbon was too large so I used what I could find!) I used the same technique for the white bow as for the trees. I covered the center with ribbon instead of any other embellishments.

To do the wrapping ribbon, I just cut strips and hot glued the end of the strips to the back of the present. Then I hot glued the bows on to the presents.

I hot glued the presents together before putting them on the clip. I hot glued them together first so I could make sure to center them correctly on the clip. You can glue them onto the clip separately if you want. I just don’t trust myself. 🙂

All Done!

Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

These ribbon sculptures were so much fun to make, and I can’t wait to find a little girl that want to wear one of these. Have fun making them!

Christmas Tree Ribbon Sculpture - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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  1. Nelly
    Posted December 12, 2010 at 11:02 am | Permalink

    such a cute hair clip! I don’t know how to make that little bow! can you put instructions up please!

  2. Audra
    Posted December 12, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    So cute! The first is my favorite! Yes put up the instructions for that tiny bow!

  3. Brittany
    Posted December 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    These are adorable!!!

  4. Ember Deibler
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    Love all 3 of these clips!!! They were so easy to make and fast! I live in Texas and today is was 103 and I was inside making Christmas trees, what a great feeling!!! My little girl is going to look so cute come Christmas!!!

  5. Tonya B
    Posted October 9, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    Love the 1st tree, I will definitely try to make that myself.
    Thanks for sharing. I’m self taught so again thank you for
    sharing your technique & information.

  6. Mindi Pretzsch
    Posted October 13, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    These are adorable!! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  7. Lora
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:01 am | Permalink

    Wow! Fab!! Totally have a new project now!! eep

  8. Yvette
    Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Just wanted to share a tip for the tiny bow. I use a regular fork to make them! That way they are uniform size every time. You could also use a larger serving type fork 🙂

    • Shirley
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 9:45 am | Permalink

      That’s a great idea Yvette!! I’ll have to try it out. Thanks! 🙂

  9. Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    I love these! My daughter demanded I make the presents clip and it’ll be featured (along with a link to this post) on my blog on Wednesday 8am EST. Thanks a whole bunch for the tutorial! 🙂

    • Shirley
      Posted December 5, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Tabitha! Can’t wait to see the feature! 🙂

  10. Monica
    Posted December 15, 2011 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Love all 3 clips! I tried making the x’mas tree clippie for my daughter. Everything turned out good but I was having a hard time sealing the Gold Metallic Ribbon. I tried using a lighter to heat seal the ends but the Gold Metallic Ribbon burned easily. If I don’t heat seal the ends, they fray. Is there any other way to avoid fraying of the metallic ribbon? Thanks!

    • Shirley
      Posted December 15, 2011 at 1:21 am | Permalink

      Hi Monica! you could try using Fray Check. When I did it, I was very careful and did it quickly with my lighter. Mine wasn’t near perfect, but it worked alright. It still had frays though.

  11. Natashia
    Posted December 16, 2011 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Monica,

    Anytime you have material that burns easily and you need to seal the ends, use some clear nail polish (I use two coats to ensure its sealed adequately). This works if you find yourself in a bind!

  12. Lisa
    Posted September 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE tree #2, about what length were each of the branches?

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 7, 2012 at 9:48 am | Permalink

      Hi Lisa! This was one of my first tutorials and I didn’t realize that measurements would be important! 🙂 This was also almost two years ago and I don’t remember what size they are and have given away the bow. Looking at the size of the clip I would say the bottom ones were a little more than 1/2″ loops and I went smaller from there. Does that help? I would just take your clip and ribbon and size the ribbon up to the clip before cutting it to see if it looks right. Then cut and use that length to cut your other two. Then do the same with the other sets. Good luck! – Shirley 🙂

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    Posted March 23, 2014 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

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