Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees That Sparkle

Today's theme for the 12 Days of Christmas is Christmas trees and to be honest my living room tree has no color scheme, no decor theme, and is an eclectic mix of mismatched ornaments. So instead of photos of that tree, I'm sharing two DIY Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees and a tutorial on how easy they are to make.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees That Sparkle
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It's Day 10 and we are sharing our Christmas Tree!

DIY Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees

The one on the left is a little more rustic with a brush of gold and the one on the right is glitter and sparkle. I'm displaying them in separate parts of the house, hence them having different toppers and only one being lighted.

At 3-feet tall, they would make a beautiful statement piece paired together on a fireplace mantel, dining room sideboard, or an entry flanking a door. For symmetry add lights to both, or not, and have matching tree toppers.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees
A shout out to Burlap Fabric for supplying the ribbon to make the Christmas Trees. The project inspiration, use of the burlap ribbon, and all opinions in this post are 100% my own.

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Red Burlap Ribbon Trees For The Holidays
This is a great craft to do while watching Hallmark Christmas movies. Once you get a rhythm going, they are quite easy to make.


Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Supplies

To make the burlap ribbon Christmas trees you will need:

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Materials list based per tree.

Step 1 - Replace paper towel holder dowel

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Replacement Dowel

The dowel on the wood paper towel holder is much too short for the tree. You will need to replace it with a taller dowel cut 3-feet long. Use the original screw that came with the paper towel holder to attach the new dowel.

Drill a small hole on the top of the dowel in the center for inserting a tree topper. More about that in another step.

Note: If you plan on inserting the tree inside a small galvanized pail like I did, you may need to trim the diameter of the paper towel base to fit using a jigsaw.

Step 2 - Cut the Ribbon (based per tree)

Cut 12 strips of ribbon in lengths of 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22-inches (as pictured below).
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Cut Ribbon

Step 3 - What to do with all that burlap ribbon

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ribbon Knots

Tie the ribbon

Starting at the bottom with the 22-inch strips of burlap (above the top of the galvanized bucket) simply tie the ribbon onto the wooden dowel and scrunch the ties so they are side by side. Before tieing the next ribbon see the next step below. Trust me, you'll regret it if you don't.
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Frayed Ribbon

Fray the ribbon

Burlap ribbon is prone to fraying so instead of fighting it, embrace the fraying by fraying the ends even more. It will also add some texture to the tree.

Be forewarned - this is the messiest and most time-consuming part of making the tree. A drop cloth of some kind and a Hallmark Christmas movie will be your best friend!

TIP 1: It is much easier to fray the ends of each ribbon first before moving onto tieing the next ribbon. Ask me how I know. 

FRAY TIP: With small sewing scissors simply cut a few rows of the horizontal weave where it is attached on both sides of the wire wrapped strands and pull down to remove them. I wasn't consistent in the amount of fraying on each ribbon.

Back to tieing the ribbon...

Tie the next 22-inch strip above the previous one with the knot facing directly beside the previous knot. Tie, fray, repeat until you've used all the 22-inch ribbon.

Move onto the 20-inch ribbon the same way, then the 18-inch, and so on until you've run out of ribbon.Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Assembled

Step 4 - Add the sparkle

To add some sparkle to the tree I painted the tips with gold glitter paint.

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Gold Glitter Tips

I felt like a hairdresser doing foil highlights during this step. If you've ever had highlights you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. 

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Glitter Paint
Starting at the bottom place a piece of paper or foil under the ribbon and with a small paint brush paint the gold glitter onto the tips of the branch. Move onto the next branch and so on. You will have to replace the paper or foil a few times throughout this process.

Step 5 - Add a pretty topper

Trim your Christmas picks to the right height for your tree topper. Dab a little glue onto the stem and insert into the predrilled hole on the top of the dowel (pictured below).
Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees Drilled Hole For Topper

Step 6 - Fluff the branches

Fluff, curl, bend the wired burlap ribbon branches to your liking to get a full and nicely shaped tree.

Step 7 - Light the tree

This step is optional. String micro LED lights around the tree in a whimsical manner - no need to be fussy.

You'll notice I only strung lights on the tree with the gold glittered poinsettia topper. I used different Christmas picks for each tree as well. That's because I don't plan on displaying the trees together. If I was, I definitely would use the same picks and string lights on both trees.

Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Trees With Gold Tips

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Red Burlap Ribbon Christmas Tree Ideas
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