DIY Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornaments

Do It Yourselfers young and old will enjoy making a primitive scrap ribbon Christmas tree ornament to gift or place on the tree this holiday season. Learn how to use shades of green and brown scrap ribbon (or whatever colors your heart desires) to emulate the welcoming branches of this simple and adorable ornament.


How to Make a Scrap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ornament

For those Montessori minded Mommies and Daddies, you can use this fun project to help your kiddo practice tying their shoes – in the most non-obvious way possible. These are a perfect way to help your child master the first step! 😉

These trees turn out so lovely and our kiddos cannot wait to put their favorites on the tree and gift to friends and family.



You will need the following to make your very own Ribbon Tree:

  • Straight (mostly) sticks (6″ in length) or cinnamon sticks
  • Ribbons (cut into 9-inch strips)
  • Hot Glue Gun (manned by Mom & Dad of course)
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  1. After gathering up all your supplies, show your kiddos how to tie the scraps of ribbon down the twig or cinnamon stick.  I found that wide ribbons, tied into single loose knots, give the best coverage.


  2. For best results, bunch the ribbons close together. The ribbons will bend and slightly overlap. Gently tug them into place until you like the placement. We used between 13 and 16 strips of ribbon for each ornament.


  3. Use Sharp scissors (assist the young ones) to trim the ribbon scraps into the shape of a Christmas tree. If you’d like, melt the edges of the ribbons with a match or lighter so the ribbon doesn’t begin to fray.


    I happen to adore how a little fray gives these ornaments a more primitive look. (I even tugged a little more at the edges of the ribbon to make this happen!) This effect can also be replicated with cotton and wool fabric scraps; I’ve also made this ornament with cinnamon sticks and flannel…it looks just as adorable!



  4. Hot glue or tie a loop of twine to the top of the tree. If desired, top the tree with a wooden staryellow button, or primitive metal star.


    Scrap Ribbon Tree Ornaments are beautifully rustic and simple. They look especially cute dangling for your Tree, on a present, or as a gift.  Have fun with your littles on a cold wintry day!


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