Gold Ribbon Nail Art Christmas Tree
Every once in awhile my friends at Offray ribbon send me a happy mail box full of ribbon! I love ribbon, and I love to craft with it, but things have been so crazy lately and I have way more projects in my head than I have time to do them! I’ve been looking at the pretty spools of ribbon lining my craft shack walls for weeks, and I finally had a chance to do one of the projects I’ve wanted to do for awhile. I’m sure you’re familiar with String art, using nails? I wanted to do the same thing, using ribbon instead of string! I had the absolute perfect ribbon from my latest happy mail, so I decided to make a Gold Ribbon Nail Art Christmas Tree!
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It’s so easy to make, but just in case the pictures don’t quite explain it well, there is a video for you down at the end of the post!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Gold Ribbon Christmas Tree Nail Art:
- Piece of wood, or wood plaque.
- Paint (I used Americana Decor Metallic in “Pearl”)
- Paint Brush
- Small Nails
- Ribbon (I used a 1/4 inch gold ribbon)
- Assorted embellishments (I used acrylic gems, and a small wood star)
- Hot Glue
Paint the wood. I used a scrap piece of 2×6 lumber from a previous project. You can find wood plaque like this one to use, or any scrap piece will do! I used 3 coats of the Metallic Pearl paint to cover my board. It shimmers so pretty! Let the paint dry completely before moving on.
Using a ruler, find the middle of your board near the top and mark it. Similarly, make two marks towards the bottom, near the edges. If you connected all three of these marks you would have a triangle. Instead of connecting them, measure down from the top mark to a side mark, and note where you want to put the nails. You will be making an upside down V shape. The video shows this step a lot better.
Using a hammer, pound the nails into the wood. My nails were about 1 inch long. You will need at least 1/4 of an inch of nail above the board to work with so don’t pound them in all the way. Be careful not to smash your fingers, OUCH!
Tie a loop in the end of your ribbon, and loop it around the nail at the top of the upside down V shape. Now just wind your gold ribbon through the nails. There isn’t really a right or wrong way to wind the ribbon, find a way that you like and do it. When you get to the bottom, cut your ribbon off, and secure it to itself with a small dot of hot glue. Trim the stray piece of ribbon from the loop at the top, and secure there with a dot of hot glue as well. Just to make sure your ribbon doesn’t easily come off!
Decorate your gold ribbon Christmas tree! I added a small piece of ribbon at the bottom for a trunk. I also used acrylic gems in red and green to add to the tree. I used a little bit of hot glue to attach those directly to the ribbon.
I put a small glittery gold wood star on the top to finish it off. The star is also attached with some hot glue.
This is such a quick and easy project! The majority of my time spent on this cute little gold ribbon Christmas tree was waiting for the paint on the wood to dry. I’m wondering what other shapes I could make with my pretty ribbon stash now. I’m thinking maybe I’ll make a star next. Leave me a comment below to tell me what shape you would like to make!
You can watch the short video here. Sometimes it helps to see things actually happening to understand them best! Subscribe to the Craft Shack channel on Youtube to see more videos!