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How to Make Loopy Ribbon Curls for Christmas Trees and Gifts

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. 🙂

Loopy ribbon curls for the Christmas tree | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

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.

Double-sided ribbon with wired edges is perfect for making loppy ribbon curls | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

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.

Any size tube will make a loopy ribbon curl | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

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.

Wrap ribbon around a tube to create a loopy ribbon curl | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

Step 4: Remove the Tube

Slip the ribbon off of the tube and there it is. One freshly minted loopy ribbon curl.

A freshly minted loopy ribbon curl | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

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.

One perfect loopy ribbon curl is ready for the Christmas tree | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

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.

Loopy ribbon curls are great for gifts and the tree | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

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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A tutorial for the quick and easy way to make loopy ribbon curls | #loopyribboncurls #giftwrap #christmastree |

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Loopy ribbon curls on gifts and the tree create a light, yet snowy feel to the space |

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  • Reply Cindy December 14, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Thanks for breaking it down friend! Read and pinned… and I’m off to make loopy ribbon curls ❤

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

      LOL Cindy and thanks! My gift to you! So happy I could send you some love across the miles. XOXO

  • Reply Toni | Small Home Soul December 14, 2017 at 11:56 am

    Great tip for beautifying the ribbons. The year I put ribbon on the tree Kevin said it was the prettiest ever, but they weren’t curled like yours. And that silver textured wrapping paper!! Love it, where did you get it? Your dining room is to-die-for all dolled up for Christmas!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 14, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Hi Toni and thanks. I think ribbons can be added to the tree however you like. I was going for delicate and wispy so the curls seem to be a good choice. The paper was bought several years ago from a school child selling wrapping paper as a fundraiser. I think it was through the Sally Foster company. Thanks again dear friend. XO

  • Reply Marie December 16, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    Yay, my wish has been granted – thanks Susie! My mouth dropped when I realized those lovely curls of ribbon around the tree aren’t wrapped AROUND the tree – doing a happy dance here because I can do this! Thank you sweet friend for the tutorial. I think next year there will actually be ribbon on our tree again!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 16, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      LOL… Marie. Remember in the movie Legally Blonde when the ladies did the “bend and snap?” This is the ribbon-making version called the “curl and tuck”…..LOL… Good luck and happy looping! XOXO

  • Reply Stephanie March 22, 2018 at 11:25 am

    Love these ribbons. These are not just beautiful but also trending. Some of my friends used these ribbons.

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