Christmas Decorating Tips

By Dara

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Have you started your Christmas decoration yet?  If you haven’t or you’d like to add more decorations, then here’s a few tips for fast and fun decorations.  Around this time of the year, wired ribbons are quite popular.  Not only do they come in a variety of patterns, but the wires along the edge of the ribbon makes it really easy to work with.  You can use it to decorate Christmas wreath, trees, gifts, center pieces and more. 

When decorating a Christmas wreath, you can wrap the wired ribbon around the wreath so it almost looks like the stripe on a candy cane.  Finish it off by hiding the end of the ribbon in the back of the wreath.  Now as for the bow, yow you can tie a regurlar bow.  Tie about three to four individual bows, then lay them on top of each other.  Using a twisty tie, twist the bows in place and also twist it around the wreath.  After that is done, then you can shape the bows any way you like.  It’s that easy with little mess and time.  Oh yes, I’ve added berries in the center of my bow to hide the twisty tie.  You can do this too.  You can use berries, charms or anything you’d like.  The secret of the bow can also be used on Christmas trees, gifts, center pieces and more. 

 

DIY Wired Ribbon Christmas Tree

By Dara

Okay, I’m a little early but early is better than late.  What am I talking about?  Well, I’m talking about getting ready for Christmas.  I’ve already kept my eyes open for gifts and decorations.  Besides purchasing decorations from department stores, I also like making them myself.  It’s one of the best time of the year to spend with family and work on a fun project.

This week, I decided to create a miniature Christmas tree out of wired ribbon.  This is really fun and it’s great to do as a family or teachers can use this for school projects also. 

 

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Directions:

  1. Using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1 1/2″ ribbon.  You’re going to need five pieces of this.  Then five pieces in 5 inches, five pieces in 4 inches, and five pieces in 3 inches.
  2. Once again using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1″ ribbon.  You’re gong to need six pieces of this.  Then six pieces in 5 inches, six pieces in 4 inches, and 3 pieces in 3 inches.
  3. Now take the craft stick and place it into the styrofoam.  The styrofoam will be the base. 
  4. Remember the 6″ of the 1 1/2″ ribbon you cut earlier?  There was five pieces.  Take the ribbon, add glue to 1/2″ of the ribbon on the edge and wrap it around the stick towards the bottom.  Do this with the rest of the ribbon.  It’s okay if you overlap the area that you already placed the ribbon. 
  5. Once you’re done with those five pieces.  The next part is to do the same with the six pieces of the 1″ ribbon.  From then on, you pretty much just have to wrap the ribbons around the stick; switching between the 1″ and the 1 1/2″ ribbon.  Go from the largest cut ribbon to the smallest.  Such as from 6″ to 5″ to 4″ to 3″.
  6. Once you reach the top, you can glue the rhinestone button on as a star.
  7. Then start shapping the wired ribbon and decorate using the rhinestones, pearls, nailheads and gem-tac glue. 
  8. After you’re finish, wrap the base with the velvet ribbon and you’re done.