Loopy ribbon curls.
Is that what they’re called? I actually don’t know. 🙁
But what I do know is that this is the number one question coming in from the tree and gift post.
So I whipped up this little tell-all just in case you need a few loopy ribbon curls in your life.
How to Make Loopy Ribbon Curls for Christmas Trees and Gifts
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Back in the day, ladies used to get their glam on by wearing curlers in their hair. I totally get how foreign this sounds to some, but I made these ribbon curls by using an old hair curler trick. LOL… Talk about flashback. 🙂
Step 1: Buy Ribbon
The best choice in ribbon is double-sided that is wired on both edges. The wires don’t have to be thick and stiff. In fact, for me, a ribbon with a thinner wire is easier to tuck into the Christmas tree’s nooks and crannies.
Step 2: Find Tubes
The size tube you will use depends on how tight you want the curls. A smaller tube will make smaller and tighter curls and a large tube (think Pringles can) will make larger and more relaxed curls.
Just like old-time hair curlers, BTW.
Step 3: Cut and Wrap Ribbon
How much ribbon to cut for a given space is kind of trial-and-error. What I do is wrap the ribbon tight around the tube.
How tight? Tight-as-the-skin-on-a-grape. That’s how tight.
Then press the ribbon around the tube with your hand.
Step 4: Remove the Tube
Slip the ribbon off of the tube and there it is. One freshly minted loopy ribbon curl.
Step 5: Extend the Curl
Grab the curl by the end and pull the ribbon so that the curl opens up. Then play around with how you want the curl to look. Once you get the look you want, kind of eye-ball (or measure if you really want to be precise) how much you need and then cut the ribbon.
And that’s all there is to it.
I will tell ya that after you make a few, the eye-balling in order to cut the length before wrapping it around the tube becomes easier.
For this tree, I used ribbon cut anywhere from 18 to 36 inches long. It just depended on the look I was going for in a certain space.
The curls at the top are all individually cut and curled. Each ribbon is tied to the top stem using a thin florist wire. To get the lift and create the shape, I layered curled ribbon on top of curled ribbon.
I guess this is the tree trimming equivalent of teasing hair to create lift. Who remembers doing that?
And that’s all there is to it. Just wired ribbon around an old tube trick.
And nope, no Dippity-Do or hair spray needed. LOL….
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