Ribbon Ornament Tutorial

I love those ribbons. To adorn a gift, a Christmas tree, a stocking, a wreath, a garland. Or anything that needs to be enlivened. To brighten the season.

I like to mix metallic ribbons with more dull elements like nuts, cinnamon sticks, berries and evergreen branches. Together, they make a rustic and graceful embellishment for any Christmas item.


Tutorial for the ribbon ornaments

You will need:

  • Metallic ribbon (1’’ to 1 1/2’’ wide is great)
  • Ribbon thinner than your metallic ribbon (approximately 1/4’’ wide)
  • Decorating items : cinnamon sticks (broken into pieces), whole nuts (almonds, hazelnuts…), evergreen (natural or artificial), vine leaves, berries (artificial), beads or anything that comes to your mind
  • Scissors
  • White glue or hot glue

Cut a 10’’ strip of metallic ribbon. Make a cut at each end to create pointed ends. Fold the ribbon in half and twist the center to form some kind of knot. Separate the pointed ends.


Cut a 18’’ strip of thin ribbon and attach with a knot around the knot of the metallic ribbon created in the previous step.


Lay the ribbon on a flat surface, right face up. Glue your decorations over the knot.  Be careful if you use a glue gun as to not put hot glue on your fingers — it is very hot!  Start with the evergreen or vine leaves. Then continue with the cinnamon pieces or berries. Finish with the beads or nuts.


Vine leaf, white berries and hazelnut


Evergreen and almond


Evergreen, cinnamon and hazelnut

You now have a beautiful ornament you can glue or attach. Have fun and send me a picture of yours (france@francenadeau.com). I would love to see it!


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