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20 Gorgeous Ways to Add Ribbon to Your Christmas Tree

Ribbon’s not just for presents, as these holiday decorating ideas prove.

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Destiny Alfonso; Jewel Marlowe

Believe it or not, the presents under the Christmas tree aren’t the only things that should be neatly tied with a bow. Turns out, ribbons can be a great finishing touch to the tree itself. Not only can a strand of satin or grosgrain give your holiday decorations some texture, but it can also be a clever way to cover up your tree’s inevitable empty spaces and bare patches. So before you finish wrapping your gifts this year, consider allocating a few spools of ribbon to these Christmas tree ideas. From the neatest of bows to effortlessly cool draping techniques, the inspiration here will give this holiday staple a newly stylish spin.

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1 Pack on a Pattern
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Diana Elizabeth

For a Christmas ribbon idea that’s festive but not over-the-top, look to Diana Elizabeth Steffen’s setup for inspiration. The lacelike ribbon used here pops without upstaging the tree’s wooden beads, dried produce, and porcelain ornaments. Instead, the ribbon works hard to create an effortlessly seasonal aesthetic.

Lace Ribbon

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Via Diana Elizabeth Steffen

2 Make It Monochromatic
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Destiny Alfonso

If you want to make your ribbon-clad tree blend in with the rest of your space, take a cue from Destiny Alfonso. The blogger paired her all-white room with a flocked tree, complete with coordinating ornaments, lights, and a thick ribbon. The result? A setup that makes a statement but doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the space.

Thick White Ribbon

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Via Just Destiny

3 Mix and Match
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Kelley Nan

Why settle for one ribbon when you can incorporate a few? Kelley Nan coated her pastel Christmas tree with strands of varying colors, patterns, and textiles. (Here, the lifestyle expert used a floral ribbon, coarser weave, and a translucent green option.) Rounding out the look are strategically placed pine cones and dainty blooms. Check out Nan’s step-by-step guide to recreating the look here.

Floral Ribbon

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Via Kelley Nan

4 Beautify with a Bow
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Jeweled Interiors

For a finishing touch that’s sweet, seasonal, and shockingly simple, consider tying some bows on free branches. Let Jewel Marlowe show you how it’s done.

Thick Red Ribbon

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Via Jewel Marlowe

5 Master the Fold
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Jeweled Interiors

If bows or strands of ribbon feel a tad overplayed, take a cue from Jewel Marlowe. The designer folded small bits of ribbon, glued the middle together, and fastened each end with vintage buttons. To give her setup some extra texture, Marlowe adorned her tree with dimensional palm leaves.

Velvet Ribbon

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Via Jeweled Interiors

6 Opt for a Textured Treatment
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Lia Griffith

The key to a visually intriguing Christmas tree is mixing and matching different textures. This setup from Lia Griffith experiments with a satin ribbon, faux flowers, and tasseled ornaments. But the DIY expert uses a berry color palette throughout for an overall cohesive look.

Berry Silk Ribbon

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Via Lia Griffith

7 Create a Floral Bonanza
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Monica Wants It

Contrary to popular belief, a ribbon doesn’t have to be the only wow factor of your Christmas tree. Lifestyle blogger Monica Wants It intersperses various ribbons with large, blooming flowers.

Variety of Gold Ribbon

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Via Monica Wants It

8 Do a Dramatic Descent
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Taryn Whiteaker

You can pack on the drama by draping your ribbon vertically. Taryn Whiteaker used a black satin ribbon to give her Christmas tree an eye-catching, liquid effect.

Black Satin Ribbon

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Via Taryn Whiteaker

9 Incorporate Some Laissez-Faire Flair
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Style It Pretty

Give your Christmas tree an effortlessly cool energy by draping a few strands of ribbon over the branches. Zenia Olivares of Style It Pretty Home pairs this styling trick with a neutral color palette.

White Ribbon

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via Style It Pretty Home

10 Weave Blue Through Your Boughs
Sara D Harper

Weave bundles of blue ribbon through the boughs of your tree for a decadent effect that brings the frozen beauty of winter indoors.

Blue Satin Ribbon

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Via BlueGrayGal

11 Top It All Off
Making Home Base

Complete your tree trimming with a singular, statement-making bow and carry the theme through with smaller swatches of the same color on lower branches.

Red Velvet Bow

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Via Making Home Base

12 Go for the Gold
This Charming Life

For this evergreen design, snake glimmering braided ribbon around the tree for a subtle hint of glitz, then soften the effect with a neutral tree topper.

Metallic Copper Ribbon

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Via This Charming Life

13 Keep It Merry and Bright
The Merrythought

Channel simpler times this season with colorful ornaments in dynamic midcentury shapes, then tie the whole thing together with a silvery stripe of ribbon.

Silver Ribbon

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Via The Merrythought

14 Combine Gauze and Blossoms
Ashley Hackshaw / Lil Blue Boo

Achieve a luminous, floral look this year by interlacing gauzy ribbon with semisheer silk blossoms and setting the whole thing aglow with fairy lights.

Wide Gold Ribbon

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Via Lil Blue Boo

15 Add Some Rustic Touches
Christopher Hiedeman

Roughly woven ribbon printed with a simple seasonal motif lends rustic comfort to this tree design, accentuating the frosted pine cones and glimmering ornaments.

Printed Burlap Ribbon

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Via Christopher Hiedeman

16 Pile on the Plaid
Christopher Hiedeman

Warm tartan ribbon in shades of red and yellow serves to dress up a quiet country Christmas tree, especially when paired with cranberry-hued bunches of decorative berries.

Plaid Ribbon

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Via Christopher Hiedeman

17 Try Checks
The Turquoise Home

Trim your tree with curls of buffalo check ribbon, then pair with wooden ornaments and oversized snowflakes.

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Via The Turquoise Home

18 Make a Statement
Just Destiny Mag

Red and green might be the de facto colors of the season, but simple black and white, with neutral sleigh ornaments, make a chic statement on this boldly bedecked tree.

Striped Ribbon

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Via Just Destiny Mag

19 Bring It to the Beach
Feeney+Bryant Photographers

For a cheerful coastal Christmas, swags of ribbon in shades of cream and straw pair with distinctive sea stars and an airy waterfront color scheme.

Beige Ribbon

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Via Seahorse & Stripes

20 Look to Nature
Lia Griffith

The striped pattern on this rough, wide ribbon in shades of red and café au lait calls candy canes to mind but takes on a decidedly arboreal feel when paired with tiny cardboard stags and carefully carved wooden snowflakes.

Red Striped Burlap Ribbon

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Via Lia Griffith

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