How to ideas to decorate every room in your home using all types of colorful and pretty ribbon.
When decorating your home, sometimes you don’t need to buy new items when you want a new look. Instead, all you need to do is embellish a piece of your existing furnishings with ribbon or even, ribbon scraps to give it a new look.
Decorating with ribbon is not only fast, easy and affordable – it will add happy pops of color all through the house.
Over the years I have collected quite a lot of colorful ribbon. I love it and what I love about using some of my favorite ribbon even more is finding decorative ways to use it.
I have so many rolls of ribbon, that a few years ago I had to come up with a way to store and organize all of them. I made this DIY Ribbon Organizer so I could see all my ribbons at a glance, but also so that by itself, acts like wall decor. I didn’t want to hide something so colorful behind a closed door.
What Type of Ribbon Works Best When Decorating
You can use any width or style of ribbon you like. Each item you add it to will determine what size, width, style and color of ribbon to use for your taste and needs.
I find most of the ribbon I use to decorate throughout my home at Michaels, HomeGoods, TJMaxx and JoAnn Fabrics.
When shopping for ribbon online I find unique ribbons to use to decorate on these sites:
- Etsy – for one of a kind ribbon and all colors of velvet ribbon.
- The Ribbon Factory for preppy colorful striped ribbon.
When using ribbon to decorate and embellish furnishings, grosgrain ribbon and twill upholstery tape are the easiest ribbons to work with because they have more heft than satin or silk ribbons.
I don’t recommend using wire ribbon to embellish furnishings. The wired-edge doesn’t work as well. This type of ribbon is best used when making bows for garlands, Christmas trees and gift wrapping.
Home Decorating Ideas Using Ribbon
I rounded up some easy decorating ideas using ribbon that I have posted about since I started my blog beyond the many ways to Making Bows with ribbon.
Whoever invented ribbon, I have to thank them as it is not only pretty and festive… it is cheery, colorful, and affordable. You can do so much more with it than wrap a package or tie it in your hair – plus these projects I have included in this post have… NO SEWING INVOLVED!
Use Ribbon as Shelf Trim
Add some interest and a colorful detail to the edge of shelving units as I did on the Ribbon Trimmed Shelves shown above. I used a striped ribbon that was as wide as the edge of each shelf in an IKEA shelving unit.
In my previous house, I wove colorful plaid ribbon through the front of a white wire shelving rack in my laundry room to give it some style.
Make a Decorative Tassel with Ribbon Scraps
If you have a key in your home that you don’t want to get lost – make a Ribbon Key Tassel for it using scraps of ribbon and pom-pom trim. Making a decorative tassel is a great way to use small scraps of ribbon you have leftover from other home decorating projects.
Accent a Lamp Shade
Add color instantly to a plain lampshade following these simple Ribbon Embellished Lamp directions.
Create Simple Halloween Decor
When Halloween rolls around, small pieces of black ribbon can be made to look like Halloween Bats on Branches.
Trim a Piece of Wall Art
When you don’t have or want to use a frame around an artist’s work on canvas use ribbon and decorative tacks to accent the sides like I did on this Tissue Paper Art Canvas.
Accent a Photo Frame Mat Board
When you don’t have a Pretty Picture Frame Mat, make your own using ribbon.
Use Ribbon to Embellish Painted Furniture
Embellish a newly painted piece of furniture with a color coordinated ribbon. For this stool, I attached a piece of ribbon using decorative thumbtacks I bought in the nail aisle at Lowes. Learn how to add Ribbon and Nail Head Trim to any item of furniture.
I found this drawer-less dresser in a field. Yes, I did! I brought it home and with some paint and ribbon brought it back to life as mudroom storage.
After painting this Doll Highchair, I used two rows of ribbon, a solid that I covered with decorative tacks and on the section below, a striped ribbon to give the chair a coordinating accent color.
For this Ribbon Accented Table , I used glue dots to attach the striped preppy ribbon to the flat section on a table.
Set Your Dining Table Using Ribbons
Craft store letter tiles and scraps of ribbon make unique Ribbon Table Place Cards.
Accent Window Treatments Using Ribbon
A fitted bed sheet and ribbon make an Instant Balloon Shade for a window.
Using ribbon, tie up a rectangular piece of fabric to a curtain rod to Create a Simple Window Valance.
Do you like the look of decorative trim on your drapes, tablecloths, and or pillows, but not the custom price? Did you know that you can simply make your own decorative trim using ribbon? Check it out here: DIY Ribbon Trim for Drapes and Pillows
Helpful Tip: Attaching Ribbon to Fabric
Spread the glue out along the entire back of the ribbon using a small paint brush before attaching to your fabric.
Decoratively Organize Your Clutter With Ribbon
This Ribbon Memo Board is so easy to make. I hung mine on the inside of a cabinet to keep the clutter of paper memos hidden, but a convenient place that keeps them handy.
Ribbon Bows As Decor
I posted this tutorial on how to make the Perfect Ribbon Bow along with 2 other ways to make different types of bows that can be used in any room in your home or for holidays and celebrations.
Christmas Decorating With Ribbon
Give a plain ribbon bow some extra style by adding a button to the center. See How to Make a Button Bow. It is easy and the added detail to the center of the bow makes it look even more special.
For Outdoor Christmas Decorations by your front door, use beautiful ribbon to accent swags and garlands. Adding a small ball ornaments in the center takes the bow up a notch on the chic style scale.
Christmas Tree Ribbon makes the best tree garland. Use one style or mix for an extra festive look. You can wrap it horizontally around the tree.
Or hang many lengths of ribbon vertically from the top of the Christmas tree like I did for this Ribbon Christmas Tree.
As you can see, colorful ribbon is so versatile and comes in so many different colors and styles. It makes the perfect accent material to use when decorating every room inside and outside your house all year long.
Do you have any way you like to use ribbon in decorative ways around your house?
- A reader, Sherry commented that her decorative use for ribbon is to wrap and glue ribbon to inexpensive white curtain rods after you have put the curtains into place. It is a unique way to add color and or pattern to a plain metal rod that is visible between the curtains.