Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Burlap & Ribbon Christmas Tree

This is a very easy and fun craft that turns out FANTASTIC! It can be modified for all ages and be done in so many different ways, the possibilities are endless! T


  • Canvas (any size, the ones pictured are 11x14) 
  • Burlap (for 11 x 14 canvases you need a 1/2 yard, which can be divided into thirds for 3 canvases)
  • Hot Glue Gun (the Cool Shot is awesome for kids!)
  • Variety of Ribbon 
  • Star: can be done in scrapbook paper or fabric (use a cookie cutter to trace) or paint a wooden start
  • Optional: sequins, buttons, ribbon scraps


  1. Cover canvas with burlap, securing with hot glue on the back of the canvas (think wrapping a present for the edges).
  2. Cut various lengths of ribbon according to your preferences starting at the bottom. The sides of the ribbon can be cut straight or at an angle. 
  3. Arrange your ribbons and trim if necessary. Ribbons can be spaced or touching, in order of length or abstract.
  4. Hot glue your ribbons to the canvas.
  5. Add your star. For fabric and scrapbook paper, use a cookie cutter to trace and cut your perfect star. You can also paint wooden stars or top your tree with a fun bow!
  6. Using sequins and buttons to decorate your tree. Ribbon scraps can be used to create presents under your tree.
For kids you can help them cover the canvas and have the ribbons pre-cut (think sequencing lesson!). The lime green Cool Shot hot glue guns are a low temp, kid friendly hot glue gun that I have had a lot of success with. Just make sure you allow extra time for it to heat as it takes longer.

I absolutely LOVED how different and fun these turned out. . . .I am very tempted to try a very large one of these the next times canvases go on sale!