Ribbon Garland

This tutorial is another favorite over in the Pinterest world.  Here’s the old post showing how to make ribbon garland.


I’ve been in the crafty Christmas spirit lately.  I’m all about using supplies I already have, recreating things I’ve seen, and making Christmas decorations myself.  In honor of all of those things, I made a ribbon garland.  My 12th day of gratitude includes yards and yards of gorgeous ribbon.

For those of you wondering, I don’t normally put out Christmas decorations this early; however, I had two good reasons to this year.

1. No one is coming to my apartment for Thanksgiving meaning I don’t have to keep my plethora of pumpkins out.

2. I want to share all of these easy homemade Christmas decorations with you early enough that you have time to recreate them!

Now aren’t those two decent reasons to have Christmas on my mind?

Let’s get started on that ribbon garland!

You’ll need rope, a string of Christmas lights, an extension cord, or some other rope-like object.  I used rope.  I bought mine for less than $5 at Lowes.  During the process of measuring and getting it cut, the Lowes associate started a small fire.  Did you know they burn and cut the rope at the same time to give it a clean edge?  It was super cool to watch!  I think my garland ended up somewhere between 6-8 feet.  Make sure your rope is the length you want your garland to be.

This is somewhere between 10-12 feet of rope.  I used a thick manila rope because it was cheap and I wanted my garland to have some weight to it.

You’ll also need LOTS of ribbon!  I’m afraid to tell you how many yards I used!  All I know is I used 6 bolts of ribbon with 10 yards each on them and then used ribbon remnants which were probably equally as long.  I filled in with tule which was probably around 15-20 yards.   The good news is I already had all of this ribbon from last year when I attempted to make a ribbon wreath.  The ribbon remnants I got from an after Christmas clearance sale at a store in Canton.  I scored giant bags of ribbon remnants for $5 each.  They each probably had 75 yards of wide fabric ribbon in them.  It was the ribbon mother load!  If you aren’t a ridiculous person like me who has this much ribbon on hand, you may want to wait a year and shop for clearance ribbon like I did.

Start by cutting your ribbon into 6-12 inch pieces.  Make your cuts according to how wide your rope is and how wide you want your garland.  Mine tended to be on the 10-12 inch side.  There was no measuring the ribbon.  I just eye balled and cut.  I tried to cut enough initially for the entire garland, but ended up adding some more 3/4 of the way through.

To make your garland, tie the ribbon once.  You won’t need to knot it because the ribbon stays with one tie.

Pull it really tight.

Push it snug against the previous ribbon pieces.

Turn every piece a different direction so the garland is full.

There is no pattern to follow.  Sometimes I put two identical pieces next to each other. Initially the garland may seem bare or like it requires perfection, but that goes out the window after about the first 15 minutes of tying ribbons.

Soon your garland will take shape and you may squeal with delight like I did!

Here is my finished product.


I added a couple of metal and glass ornaments to my garland by nestling them between the ribbons.  This garland makes my table scream Christmas.

Christmas is sure to be filled with jingle and a little jolly.



One last picture.  

So what’s your verdict – ruffles or ribbon?

Update: These were inspired by ribbon garlands I saw at Canton.  These were selling for $75 or more.  Here’s the quick picture I snapped just to give you an idea of the different styles of ribbon you could use.

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