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27 Brilliant Ways to Trim Your Tree With Ribbon

Ribbon isn’t only for gift wrapping

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Settling on a Christmas tree theme can be as painstaking as landing on a gift idea for the dad who has everything. Although unlike gifting ideas, tree options seem never ending: Rainbow ombre or white-on-white? Popsicle stick ornaments or faux turtle doves? Traditional rustic or vintage kitschy? In fact, tannenbaum-triggered decision fatigue could send you into a holiday-induced psychogenic fever if you’re not careful. While we’re not doctors (consult a physician if you think this is even an actual medical condition), we have just the cure for making the tree theme decision a no-brainer this year: start with the ribbon.

Sure, the ornaments and star topper usually have all the bravado but the ribbon—often the last-minute finishing touch—is the true star of the show. Whether it’s a classy satin strand that cascades down or a series of statement velvet bows, a grosgrain flourish or a rustic burlap interweave—ribbon can create a style-worthy precedent that will have all the other considerations falling into place (all the while, cleverly covering your tree’s inevitable bare patches). So before you start breaking out in holiday stress hives, read on for some stunning ribbon ensemble inspiration for every tree theme. Breathe easy and cue the twinkling lights!

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1 Anything But Mellow
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Gordon Beall

Who says you have to stick with green and red? Take some inspiration from interior designer Darryl Carter's Washington, D.C., home and add a dash of sunshine to your neutral palette. To balance out the orange-yellow ribbons, he placed a similarly-toned piece of artwork on the adjoining wall. “While I generally tend toward a neutral palette, I went with the bright orange because in my mind’s eye it is a happy color,” says Carter.

2 Ribbon Reimagined
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Cloth ribbons are as classic as it gets but maybe this year you're ready to go a little outside the box—or tree—with creamy waves of pampas. Bonus: you can even replace your traditional star topper with these natural flourishes.

3 Ode to Overabundance
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Jen Woodhouse

Haven't you heard? Maximalism is the new minimalism. And this tree is honing excess in all the right ways: Tufts of metallic ribbon weave in and out, alongside cobalt blue ornaments and faux flowers. A sprig of metallic ostrich feathers is the cherry on top. In this case, more is more!

4 Plaid Pairings
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Jen Woodhouse

If you're dreaming of a red Christmas, keep it simple with plaid ribbons and faux poinsettias. Here, Jen Woodhouse tucked the wired ribbon in a downward direction, pairing smaller red translucent ribbons as accents. The result is a fail-safe Christmas setup that is both jovial and elegant.

5 All That Glitters
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This tree has festivity in spades.

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Kip Dawkins
8 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.

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9 Monochromatic and a Bit Dramatic
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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 Just Destiny's 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.

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10 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.

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11 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.

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12 Master the Fold
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Jeweled Interiors

If bows or strands of ribbon feel a tad overplayed, take a cue from Jeweled Interiors' 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.

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13 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.

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14 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.

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15 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.

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16 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.

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17 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, courtesy of BlueGrayGal.

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18 Top It All Off
Making Home Base

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

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19 Go for the Gold
This Charming Life

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

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20 Keep It Merry and Bright
The Merrythought

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

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21 Add Some Rustic Touches
Christopher Hiedeman

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

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22 Pile on the Plaid
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Warm tartan ribbon in shades of red and yellow serves to dress up a quiet country Christmas tree like this Christopher Hiedeman classic, especially when paired with cranberry-hued bunches of decorative berries.

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23 Try Checks
The Turquoise Home

Take inspiration from The Turquoise Home, who trimmed their tree with curls of buffalo check ribbon, then paired it with wooden ornaments and oversized snowflakes.

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24 Make a Statement
Just Destiny Mag

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

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25 Bring It to the Beach
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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.

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26 Look to Nature
Lia Griffith

Lia Griffith nails it on this one. 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.

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