A Guide to Christmas Ribbon

Christmas is a time for getting together with family and friends and celebrating at home. Rooms filled with festive decorations, plenty of good food on an elegantly dressed table and the excitement of children hanging up stockings all contribute to the happiness of the festive season.

Christmas ribbons from Berisfords are available in a huge assortment of colours, widths and texture so there is a ribbon for everyone. From plain satin ribbons, grosgrain ribbon, velvet ribbon and sheers, through metallics, checks, ginghams and tartan ribbons to novelty prints and ropes you are sure to find that perfect ribbon solution.

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For 2019 the key themes to look out for are:-


We have the Victorians to thank for our traditional Christmas and many of us are inspired by the rich colours popular in that era. Red and green the colours of winter berries and evergreen foliage, are a classic combination ( try Art. 1025 velvet and Art. 3501 satin) with touches of gold or silver (try Art 9165 Lame) to add a sense of drama and opulence. For this look, you might choose a tree laden with red and gold baubles and ribbon bows, chunky candles wrapped with tartan ribbon (Art. 7622) and stockings hanging from the mantelpiece with rope Art. 7921.


The Scandinavian style of decorating the home for Christmas is charming, understated and homespun. Red and white – fire and ice – are the key colours and help to make this look fresh and bright. Traditional decorations are often made from wood, focusing on simple motifs such as stars and hearts (see Art. 13950 Magic Stars and Art. 13592 Hearts and Kisses) and families bake gingerbread biscuits to hang on the tree. Table settings are homely rather than elaborate and often feature a gingham element (see Art 7921 Gingham ribbon or Art 1438 Rustic Gingham).


Handmade decorations, muted colours and seasonal foliage and fruits play important roles in the rustic look. Candles in ivy trimmed jars with ribbons tied around the neck create a welcoming atmosphere, while bundles of sticks tied with rustic twines (Art. 60046) bring the outside in.


An all-white decorating scheme need not be minimalist. When colour is monotone, texture and pattern become all the more important. Offset white (Art. 3501 satin) with a silver (Art. 9165 Lame), grey (Art. 41025 Grosgrain), gold (Art. 3710 textured metallic ribbon), iridescence (Art. 9574 Dazzle) and transparency (Art. 4268 Supersheer).

A tree of white sprayed branches could be hung with glass baubles strung with fine ribbons and tie up napkins with white ribbon and feathers.

Everyone loves festive occasions, and particularly those that are imaginatively managed – whether stunningly simple or totally theatrical. Ribbons can be added in a matter of minutes to give that personal touch – not only to gifts but to the whole occasion.

The different uses for Christmas Ribbon

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Gift Wrap

All children love to receive presents, but as we get older we find greater pleasure in giving them too. We wrap gifts to give others the thrill of opening them, so gorgeous, paper, tags and ribbons are an important part of the fun, both for the giver and the recipient.

Wrapping up presents is a ritual you either love or loathe but finishing a present with pretty trims and Christmas ribbons make all the difference. A ribbon can be tied into large opulent bows and narrow or sheer ribbons can be layered over wide ones.

The decorating of gifts or other items with ribbon requires no special skills or tools, just a little care, thought and imagination. However simply applied, a ribbon can transform a quite ordinary object into something special.

The different colours and textures of ribbon determine the effect, so using a sheer (Art. 4268) in a pale shade will have a soft feminine look whilst using a grosgrain (Art. 41025) in a navy shade will give the same gift a more severe and dramatic look.

When choosing ribbon always consider the size of the gift to be decorated and select the width accordingly. Other factors to consider are the ‘feel’ you wish to convey.

For a ‘Traditional Christmas’ look, the obvious ribbons are metallic in gold Art. 60170 Zig Zag, Satin Art. 3501, Red and Green Tartan Art. 7622 and deep, richly coloured Velvet Art. 1025.

For an ‘Opulent Christmas ‘ try purples and turquoises in Glitter Satin Art. 8611 and Random Glitter Art. 42802.

Thirdly for a ‘Rustic Christmas’ look at Christmas wishes Art. 43591, Bobbin Robin ribbon Art. 13928 and Snowflake ribbon Art. 13682 where you will also find lots of other natural prints and wovens.

Trees Decorations

The modern Christmas Tree as we know it dates to the nineteenth century when Prince Albert introduced to Britain the German practice of decorating a tree with candles, wooden toys and glass ornaments. Getting out the tree decorations is one of the most magical of Christmas moments and putting them on is often a family effort. Theming decorations by colour or style looks effective and a good way to start is by customising shop bought decorations (see the image using Art. 8692 for Traditional). We have used a rope to attach in a simple spiral to create different looks for different themes. Use Art. 60082 Rustic Twine or Art. 60046 Twine for a Natural Woodland look or for disco-inspired Rainbow Brights use Art. 60125 Neon.

Another idea is to use ribbon to make ribbon garlands (see image of ribbon chains). Instead of pre-cut gummed strips make links from ribbon and of course a pre-tied bow in one of your favourite ribbons can complement your colour scheme quite simply and effectively.

Use ribbon, too, instead of wire or cord to hang decorations and then crown the tree with one spectacular bow to finish.

Table Decorations

Christmas is all about entertaining and feeding family and guests so you need to wow your visitors.

There are times when simply covering with a cloth is not quite effective enough. For simplicity and speed, ribbons can simply be laid across a table like narrow runners and allowed to hang over the sides, or lengths can be pinned from one corner to another in generous swags (see Art. 3501 Satin in widths up to 70mm in a wide variety of colours)

On the festive table short lengths of ribbons can be used to tie napkins (see image Art. 12330 Merry Christmas ribbon combined with Art. 9165 Lame), menus and cutlery (see image using Art. 60088 Tiger and Art. 8611 Glitter Satin combined ).

There are endless variations too, for decorating the backs of chairs using velvet (Art. 1025), satin (Art. 3501) and sheer (Art. 4268) ribbons and foliage to compliment the theme.

In addition, just as you would use a ribbon for finishing wrapping a present, you can also use it for celebration cakes, as a decorative band (image using Art. 70003 Scatter Star – Sonic Cut) and create tasty-looking trims that are a food lovers delight as the centrepiece for the festive table (also see Art. 60091 Rustic Plaid with gold faun and Art.13592 Hearts and Kisses Gingerbread Houses).

Centrepieces are the perfect opportunity to decorate with ribbons, natural foliage, glass jars, baubles and candles, can all be combined with ribbon to create unique, hand made arrangements to admire whilst enjoying a fabulous family and friends celebration (Image Art 9738 Tinsel Mesh Wine Glasses, Baubles and Candles).

Wreaths and Garlands

Christmas is a time of hospitality when we throw open our doors to friends and family with parties and gatherings. A wreath on the front door signals the start of the festive season, suggesting that a warm welcome will be found inside. Ribbon is an ideal way to customise a wreath and generate the atmosphere that will continue once you step inside.

Start with a blank canvas of a basic wreath which can be made from wire or sticks. Use craft wire and hot melt glue to build up and mix up real and faux foliage, adding in details such as pine cones and decorations and finish off with a large bow with long tails.

For a novel way to use ribbon see our ‘how to make a Christmas wreath’ step by step guide and you can interchange ribbons from our comprehensive essentials ribbon collection here on our website available through our network of stockists.

Great swags of greenery, fruit and berries create a dramatic and satisfying traditional decorative statement, particularly when adorning a mantelpiece or staircase. Making a garland from fresh foliage is quite a task, but unadorned fresh and artificial garlands are readily available and you can customize them with ribbons, baubles, artificial berries, flowers and so on.

For further information on how to best utilise ribbons this Christmas, do not hesitate to get in touch with our experienced, helpful team. Contact us on 01260 274011 or via office@berisfords-ribbons.co.uk.

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