Day 2 of the 12 Days of Handmade Ornaments! Today, I have my friend Kelly visiting to share this super cute Ribbon Tree Ornament. Make sure you enter to win the Cricut Giveaway going on during our 12 day event!
Holiday greetings! My name is Kelly Hedgespeth and I blog about digital scrapbooking, crafting and memory keeping at Simply Kelly Designs. I have two young children and my crafty adventures often involve them! I also have an online store where I sell my digital scrapbooking designs.
When Katie asked me to guest post about a handmade Christmas ornament, I knew instantly what I wanted to create. A few years ago I created these ribbon trees inspired by a holiday craft ad.
Ever since then I have thought that the ribbon trees in a smaller form would make a great Christmas ornament. I used a jingle bell for the top of the tree because I thought it would be cute if the ornament jingles
- 3/8 inch width holiday ribbon (I used Michael’s Celebrate It ribbon)
- one 2 and 3/4 inch foam cone (bought mine from Michaels)
- sequin pins (my ornament used 46)
- one 0.625 inch jingle bell (bought mine from Joann Fabrics and Crafts)
- 2.5 inch square piece of coordinating paper
- monofilament line
- hot glue gun
- hot glue
1. Cut the ribbon into 2 inch strips. If using more than one ribbon, organize strips into piles in order of the pattern you want to use.
2. Take one piece of ribbon and fold it in the middle so the ends meet. Place it on the foam cone and use a sequin pin in the upper quarter to secure it into position. Apply the sequin pin at a downward angle so it will be more secure.
3. Repeat step 2, placing ribbon strips around the base of the cone until the first row is full. The next piece of ribbon to be added will be above the first row. Make sure there is some overlap so the pins will not show.
4. Apply the ribbon in rows until reaching the top of the cone but leave a little room at the top. Cut the top off the cone with scissors. Wind a piece of ribbon around the top of the cone to hide the sequin pins on the top row. Use hot glue to secure the ribbon in place.
5. Use scissors to hollow out more of the top of the foam cone. Apply hot glue to the top of the cone. Turn the tree upside down and place an upside down jingle bell into the hot glue. Everything is upside down so the little ball that makes the jingle ball jingle doesn’t get stuck in the hot glue. I held my tree upside down for about 5 minutes to make sure that the glue dried completely.
6. Cut a length of monofilament line and insert one end into the top of the jingle bell. Make a loop with the monofilament line and triple knot the line. Cut off the excess. Rotate the monofilament line until it is inside the jingle bell. It will stay there naturally because of the size of the knot and the size of the jingle bell opening.
7. Cut a 2 and 1/4 inch circle with coordinating paper. I used my Creative Memories circle cutter but you could also just trace the bottom cone on the backside of the paper and then cut it out. Adhere the circle to the bottom of the tree. The ornament now looks great from above and below.
Voila! You now have a beautiful ornament to hang on your tree.