Layered Ribbon & Fabric Tree Topiaries featuring Jessa from Sparkle {Handmade Holidays Project No.16}

Layered Ribbon & Fabric Tree Topiaries featuring Jessa from Sparkle {Handmade Holidays Project No.16}

Welcome back to the continuation of the Handmade Holiday Series featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. This week we are sharing a total of twenty five inspiring projects to create for the upcoming holiday season.

I’m delighted to introduce our next guest,
Jessa from Sparkle

Jessa’s here today sharing a sophisticated and modern take on the ever popular topiary tree. The layered fabric and ribbon add texture and dimension to these classy embellished cones and the monotone collection is visually pleasing as well. Please welcome Jessa.

Hi guys! I’m Jessa from Sparkle.

I am a Pacific Northwest girl, presently misplaced in the hot Arizona desert. Since I don’t really get much of a winter in the desert, I try to bring one inside during the holidays. I designed these trees to reflect the contemporary-modern look that I love.


    • two 18×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones


    • two 15×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones


    • two 12×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cones


    • wired ribbon** or fabric


    • straight pins


    • scissors


  • adhesive spray and glitter (optional)

** If using wired ribbon, be prepared that this project requires quite a lot of it. The 18×5 Styrofoam™ Brand Cone required just over 20 yards of the ribbon. If you have a spool from a warehouse store then you are set! To be more cost conscious, you can use 1/2 yard of fabric (for each tree) cut into ribbon size strips.

Take the ribbon and fold it across itself, then fold it down to form a point. Cut it off the spool.

Take your ribbon point and pin it to the very bottom of the Styrofoam™ Brand cone, so that the ribbon hangs over the edge. Repeat the process all the way around the cone. For the next row, pin the ribbon so that the point overlaps the edges of the two ribbons below it. Repeat this process until you reach the top. Once at the top, cut the ribbon strips longer. Fold the sides of the ribbon in, so that the wire edges don’t show. Pin the point down on the tree, and take the longer end and roll it in and pin it to the top, being careful to hide the pins in the ribbon.

I tried to make the top of the tree look pointed, but that is just a personal preference.

I used fabric on the dark gray trees, and to give them a sparkly, icy look, I sprayed the finished tree with adhesive spray and applied liberal amounts of glitter.

Stephanie Lynn, thank you so much for inviting me over to share these trees!!

I had a blast here and hope that you’ll stop by and visit me over at Sparkle!

♦ For more inspiring projects and crafts, visit Sparkle
You can also connect with Jessa on Facebook ♦ and Twitter

Thanks so much Jessa for sharing these fabulous topiary trees. I love the color palette and texture of the folded fabric and think they look fantastic used in a grouping.
{p.s. I love the candlestick and vase bases too!}
We have four more creative projects to share today to inspire your Handmade Holidays. For a review of all the previous projects in this series simply click the event button above ~ Enjoy.

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  1. I will definitely be making these trees! Thanks for sharing the know how!!

  2. These are gorgeous! Love the colors you chose for them!

  3. These are simple gorgeous! I just love them and love the color combinations! Great job!

  4. I love these and the color combination…Beautiful…

  5. Lovely post with creative ribbon idea!

  6. These are very elegant. Thank you for posting.

  7. Beautiful! I have some gray and white felt that will be perfect for this project. 🙂

  8. These are so very pretty. I’m going to have to add them to my crafting to do list. Thanks!

  9. I made the tree, it is so pretty.. I’ve bought ribbon on sale for making more! What a great craft idea. Thank you for sharing.


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