Christmas ribbon topiary trees & a ribbon craft book giveaway

Have you noticed a forest of topiary trees this holiday season? It seems that everyone is making topiary trees for Christmas decorating. Today we have Christmas topiary trees made with ribbons, trims, and chenille yarn. It’s fun to see how changing the colors and trims creates a completely different look. If you can wind a ball of yarn, you can make these topiary trees.

beaded ribbon topiary

The combination of gold ribbon, beads and wire is stunning!

First up is our elegant Jeweled Ribbon Topiary, designed by Ed Smith. Ed randomly wrapped ribbons, fibers and even wire around his cone of STYROFOAM Brand Foam, and then accented it with various gems. You can display this topiary directly on a tabletop without a pedestal, if you prefer.

How to make ribbon topiaries

Mix ribbons and sequin trim for this glitzy topiary duo.

The Criss-Cross Blue Ribbon Christmas Tree shows two different ways to wrap your cone –diagonally or horizontally. If you wrap your ribbons horizontally, you’ll need to make small snips in the ribbon and pin it down so that the ribbon hugs the cone.

make a ribbon topiary tree

Make several of these red & white ribbon topiaries for a festive Christmas display on your mantel or tabletop.

Next up is the Festooned & Beribboned Topiary Tree, made the same way as the flashy blue topiaries but in a more traditional Christmas scheme. Surely you have some Christmas ribbons in your stash that you could use?

make a yarn topiary

Thick, chenille yarn makes quick work of this topiary, and makes it cozy, too.

I love this cozy Peppermint Stripe Chenille Tree. The chenille yarn is bulky so it doesn’t take a lot of wrapping, and it has enough give that it hugs the cone snugly without clipping and pinning.

Christmas topiaries trees

Think how these will sparkle in the glow of your Christmas lights!

For our grand finale, we have our Snazzy Sequined Holiday Topiaries. For these dazzlers, the cone is first covered with fabric or paper, and then the sequin trim is wrapped around the cones, just like wrapping garland on your tree.

craft book giveaway

Please tell us what you would like us to feature next year and you might win The Complete Guide to Ribbon Crafts.

If you like ribbon crafting, here’s your chance to win a copy of the book The Complete Photo Guide to Ribbon Crafts: Over 700 Photos – Bows – Flowers – Embroidery – Weaving – Jewelry – Fashion – Décor – More by Elaine Schmidt. 700 photos? Amazing! Quayside Publishing & Quarry Books is providing a copy of this book just for our readers, and we’re going to pair it with an assortment of shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. If you’d like to win this prize package, please leave a comment below and tell us what you’d like to see on Crafts ‘n Coffee in 2012. Would you like more home décor, more kid’s crafts, easy crafts, crafts for Easter, paper crafts, or??? I’d like your help planning for the New Year.

doll book giveaway

Win this collection from Quayside Publishing!

And that’s not all . . . In the spirit of the season, Quayside Publishing has a second giveaway! This prize package includes the book Mixed-Media Doll Making: Redefining the Doll with Upcycled Materials by Linda and Opie O’Brien, along with a collection of shapes of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. To win this package, visit Quayside’s blog Craftside and leave a comment. You might want to poke around while you’re there and take a look at the other arts and crafts books they have – inspiration galore!

(Coincidentally, the photographer for the O’Brien’s book, Dina Rossi at Studio Rossi, is the same photographer who shot our three Great Décor in a Flash – Without a Lot of Cash booklets. She’s an amazing photographer so I know this book is gorgeous!)

Be sure to leave your comments here on Crafts ‘n Coffee and on Craftside by midnight on Friday, December 23.

So we have an inspiring collection of ribbon topiaries today and two beautiful books to give away. Enjoy!

Happy Christmas crafting.


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26 Responses to Christmas ribbon topiary trees & a ribbon craft book giveaway

  1. Sidney says:

    I am new to your website. Love the topiaries. Would like to see some kitchen themed crafts. or maybe bedroom, or bathroom…or …..Just keep em coming. lol

  2. Sandraa Woods says:

    Beautiful worksmanship. Lovely items to make, with beautiful ribbons.

  3. Lindy says:

    Hi Sharon – I just found your blog through Craft Gossip and I love these ribbon trees!!!! How super duper adorable!!! I actually might try these; as they look simple enough for a beginner. 🙂

    I’d love to see home decor items for beginners and some kids crafts. Thanks for asking!!!

    I signed up for your email subscription. Thanks!!!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, Lindy. I’m so glad you stopped in, and I look forward to having you join us again. Thanks for the suggestions, too. Sharon

      • Lindy says:

        Sharon – I just absolutely adore the Christmas Crafts you have been sharing!!!! Thanks so much for the fun crafts and inspiration!

  4. Felicia Woodward says:

    I would love to see more home decor crafts. What I’ve seen so far have been great!

  5. Brenda says:

    I love making anything holiday and trees are the best

  6. Carol Logie says:

    I would love to play with these. Never tried before.

  7. Peggy R says:

    I would like to see something perhaps involving decoupage, and more things involving the home. You briefly touched down with beach glass, and if there were more crafts involving that, if would be nice as well. Love your site.

  8. Beverly says:

    Wow! Everything is so beautiful. Please include me in this giveaway.

  9. Birgit says:

    Oh, those Christmas trees are just wonderful! Thanks for these great ideas.

    I like posts about paper crafts. When I don’t have much time at hand, I usually turn to paper crafts, so inspiration on that theme is always welcome! Be sure to throw in holiday-themed posts — Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July (even living in Germany, I still celebrate that holiday), Halloween etc.

    Happy creating (and thanks for the chance to win those goodies),

  10. Sharon says:

    Thank you, ladies, for the input. I am loving all of the feedback. Easy decor, gift ideas, paper napkins, kid’s crafts — keep the suggestions coming! Happy crafting, everyone! Sharon

  11. Pat says:

    I love books on doll making – I have quite a collection. This would be a great addition to my library. Often I use styrofoam as the base for doll heads I make – great stuff!

  12. ColleenB. says:

    Would like to see some easy peasy crafts for All the holidays and Anything that has to do with ribbon, as I’m a hoarder of pretty ribbon. Also need fresh ideas on what to use all my pretty paper napkins which I have collected over the years.
    Thank you

  13. Love the festive trees! Always enjoy the posts and home decor is especially a favorite category. After the holiday decorations come down, the new year is a perfect time to be inspired to create a fresh spring look around the home.

  14. Denise Royal says:

    Very cool. Love the ideas.

  15. Jessa says:

    That first tree is absolutely gorgeous!! I can think of tons of projects for those Styrofoam forms!

  16. Lisa Malachinski says:

    Wow! I love those topiaries. I like a variety of ideas and inspiration. My 6 year old would say more kids stuff. She wants to make a tree right now. So we will try to make one this weekend.
    Thanks so much. Love all the ideas.

  17. Jeannie says:

    I’m interested in homemade gifts, which are most often, home decor items. This year for the holidays I’m making wreaths w/ribbon. The inspiration was a beautiful Christmas wreath my Mom had when I was a child.

  18. Karen Whitney says:

    Lovin all those trees! I have a bunch of styrofoam trees sitting on my craft table right now waiting to be “dressed” up….and I have an huge stash of ribbon that is waiting to be used! Thanks for the ideas.

    I’d like to see some home decor –like coastal/beachy, country, etc — possibly a week of that theme at a time. I’d also like to see gifts for others for birthdays, holidays, etc.

    • Sharon says:

      I appreciate the feedback, Karen. Thanks for the ideas. So glad we could inspire you, too. I hope you’ll post photos of your finished topiaries on our Facebook page @StyroCrafts. Happy crafting! Sharon

  19. Carla Moran says:

    What beautiful trees! I love what you post but I would like to see more. Home decor posts for beginners for next year!

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