Oh Christmas Tree

Oh my goodness, it has been quite awhile since my last post, but I've been busy decking the halls!  It has definitely taken longer this year, what with working around naptime, laundry, naptime, dinner, naptime....okay, you get the picture!  Anyway, it is now finished, and I wanted to share our big tree with you this year.  We didn't put up this tree the last two years, but decided to deck it out this year and have it in our family room instead of the living room.  The Man and I are really enjoying it in this new spot, and we can watch our little fur-baby play with the decorations and try to get under the tree skirt!  I was so pleased with how I did the ribbon on this tree and shared an IG pic with just the ribbon.  Several of you wanted to know how I did the ribbon, and I will share a brief explanation (it is truly so easy) at the end of this post.  Now I just want you to see my "no-theme" Christmas tree!

No words are needed!







    Ho! Ho! Ho!




Now, about the ribbon.  This is a 7.5 ft. tree, and I used 100 ft. of ribbon total.  I did not decorate the very back of the tree where it fits into the corner....no one can see it, so....!  I had two rolls of the burlap w/snowflakes (25 ft. each) that I bought on sale at Michael's and six rolls (9 ft. each) from the dollar store.  The key is that all the ribbon is wired.  Over the years, I've used mesh or regular ribbon, and I much prefer the wired ribbon.

As for technique, I've tried them all, but decided to attempt something different this year.  I cut my ribbon in 3 ft. lengths, but this depends on the size of your tree.  My tree is very full and 3 ft. lengths made it possible to get two really nice loops and have plenty to tuck into the tree between loops.

I used pipe cleaners (also from the dollar store) to cinch the loops to the branches in a few places.

I didn't have any great plan for placing the ribbon loops, except that I basically wanted them going down the tree, not around.  Having the cut lengths made it so much easier to work with, and if I needed to move one a little bit, it was easy.

There you have it....one of the prettiest trees we've ever had, except for a few along the way where all the ornaments were no higher than 3 feet off the floor and clustered in one spot.  Yeah, you know what I'm talking about!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share our sweet Christmas tree with all of you.  I will be posting pics of our mantel and other vignettes around this room and the rest of our home.  I do hope you are enjoying the festivities of the season and not getting overwhelmed with the chaos.

Make lots of sweet memories this year!

Warm hugs,

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Marty at A Stroll Thru Life  for Inspire Me Tuesday

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  1. Your tree is lovely, Carol, the ribbon adds such a festive touch! I am glad you are taking it easy and enjoying the season. I also can see that your tree definitely has a theme...it is love themed! All those family photo ornaments are just perfect and represent the true meaning of the season...the most precious gift of all.

  2. Carol, your tree is beautiful. I love the way you did the ribbon. I like the tucking method...works for me. Your collection of family ornaments is very special. I could never part with those. :)

  3. Carol...it is beautiful and I too love the way you did the ribbon. Your tree is my favorite kind...full of memories and no theme. I do love theme trees and think they are just gorgeous, but they just don't warm the heart like these do. Hope you are enjoying the season and all it has to offer.

    Hugs, Vicky

  4. Oh Carol, it truly is a beautiful tree. Love the ribbon too, thanks for the info.

  5. Carol...I think you'd be surprised at how many of us take naps! lol! Not that you don't need them, and you do, but we all love a little snooze. I'm an insomniac and the only thing that keeps me positive is that I have a lifestyle where I can lay down for a half hour when I want.

    I love your tree and I noticed the ribbon right away. Emily taught me to use the same method but I use florist wire...no big difference!

    Happy Holidays, Carol!!

    Jane x

  6. Carol, your tree is so beautiful! Love, love the ribbon. I tried to go another route this year with my Christmas decorating and I am not sure it was a smart decision. LOL We will see where it all ends up. Take care, dear friend. Maria

  7. What a beautiful tree filled with precious memories! Love your ribbon trick too. I've tried doing this with long lengths of ribbon, but your way seems so much easier! Thanks for the tip!

  8. It looks great! I always struggle with ribbon. I see all the gorgeous trees & I just can never replicate it.

  9. Carol, I love your ribbons! Someone else said they also cut their ribbons into 3 foot sections. I just have plain old wired edged burlap going round and round on our tree, but I like that the lights from the tree show through it. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your decorations.

    1. Thank you, Carol! The wired burlap on your tree looks good.

  10. Your tree is beautiful and thanks so much for the ribbon tip! I've tried using them in the past but they ever looked right. Using smaller sections of ribbon might make a big difference. Merry Christmas!

  11. Your tree is just beautiful, Carol! A "no-theme" tree--that's great! The best kind, in my opinion. We have only one decorated tree, and it holds all our ornaments. Luckily, our living room with the tree is visible from many of our other rooms and from the front door, so I've never felt the need for another tree.

    Thanks for the ribbon tip! I've admired ribbons on Christmas trees and wondered how it could be done to look pretty. You're brilliant!


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