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Farmhouse Decorated Christmas Tree with Ribbons

There is something magical about a decorated Christmas tree. It heralds in the excitement of the holiday season, for children its marks the anticipation of Santa and gift giving. For empty nesters kids are soon to come home again. A decorated Christmas tree full of family heirlooms or a Pinterest worthy designed tree captures a sense of tradition, excitement and togetherness. For most families its the center of the Christmas decorations, we all love them.

Farmhouse Christmas decor especially with barns are my theme this year, so when I spotted this ribbon at Michael’s of all places I snapped all the three rolls they had.

What Makes a Farmhouse Decorated Christmas Tree?

A Christmas tree in red and white was inspired by a must have ribbon. Thankfully I had not done any shopping or too much decorating yet, so I could switch the theme of my decorated Christmas tree.

A farmhouse Christmas tree typically includes simple and rustic decorations using wood, twine, burlap, animals, and my personal favorite DIY and handmade decorations. This particular farmhouse Christmas tree is all about barns, and vintage wagon and sleigh ornaments I found in a local gift shop a couple of years ago.

Christmas Tree Ribbon Ideas

This tree has loads of ribbon, three different types. When decorating a Christmas tree with ribbon I always say it should be part of the background and not stand out on its own.

Elaborate red barn christnas tree ribbon idea on a farmhouse Christmas tree.

The first two ribbons the gorgeous 3″ inch ribbon was wired thankfullly. I find unwired Christmas ribbon just too challenging to decorate a tree with. With the three inch width of the ribbon I was able to find some shiny plain red ribbon that was just a little bit wider. I added these two ribbons as a backdrop to the Christmas tree.

I added the first two ribbons to the Christmas tree starting at the top and cascading down. Tuck the Christmas tree ribbon deep inside the tree, attach it to one of the most inner branches near the trunk. Once the ribbon is secure inside the tree, roll it into a loop and pull the wired ribbon out to form curls. Tuck the end of the ribbon towards the outer part of the Christmas tree, and then snip it..

Once I finished adding the ribbon, the red berry pics and started with the ornaments I realized my tree was too red for my liking and needed some white added. I went shopping and found two roles of beautiful red and white ribbon in a fun farmhouse stripe pattern. I added this ribbon to be a focal point like you would large ornaments.

The red and white ribbon was tied in pretty bows, the centers are wrapped in florists wire and bakers twine to hide the wire. Wire works best because you can really attach the ribbon to the tree, so avoid them from popping off.

Red grainsack Christmas ribbon idea with bows and grainsack striped ribbon on a farmhouse Christmas tree.

I am not a Michael’s affiliate but if you want to purchase the striped ribbon here is a link for you.

Adding the Largest Christmas Tree Ornaments

After the ribbon was done, I tweeked it and then added the largest ornaments.

Two red birds on a Christmas Tree

Thankfully I already had these barn ornaments from last year, some cotton stems and red berries.

A red barn farmhouse Christmas tree ornament on a decorated Christmas tree.

The last step was to add small ornaments. Unfortunately I did not have nearly enough purchased ornaments to fit my theme. So I created some last minute Farmhouse macrame wreaths, and homespun wool DIY Christmas tree ornaments in pink.

I chose the pink wool to soften the impact of all the red. It brightened the tree a bit without adding the contrast white ornaments would have.

Two different DIY farmhouse Christmas ornaments hanging on a decorated Christmas Tree.

I promised myself that next year I will plan better, with more ornaments. Here hoping. But I sure do love the way this Christmas tree turned out.

A large farmhouse Christmas tree thats been decorated with three different types of ribbon in red and white, homemade Christmas ornaments and a homemade rustic Christmas tree box.

Not sure about what style of Christmas tree your wanting this year. I have some other Christmas tree ideas to show you from other years. Decorating for Christmas, deciding what I want and then creating it is by far my favorite part of the holidays.

A farmhouse cChristmas tree featuring barn printed ribbon, wagon ornaments, wood signs, red lanters, red berries and highlighted with red and white striped ticking ribbon.

Some Other Beautiful Decorated Christmas Trees

Large Christmas tree decorated in neutral colours in a farmhouse Christmas living room.

Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Tree

This neutral farmhouse Christmas tree is designed to be calm, pretty, not too flashy. It is rather subdued but I love this look especially when there is lots of other Christmas decor around. Often the focal point of our Christmas decor, sometimes it nice to have it a bit softer.

A large buffalo plaid Christmas tree with black and white buffalo plaid ribbon, and DIY buffalo plaid Christmas balls all an assortment of red and white Christmas ornaments

Decorating a Christmas Tree in Buffalo Plaid

Several years later and buffalo plaid is still very much on trend. I love that it is still so wildly popular for Christmas. Buffalo plaid Christmas decor is so much easier to find now. This Buffalo Plaid Christmas Tree is still one of my favorite Christmas trees ever.


  1. Gorgeous tree, Leanna. That ribbon is wonderful for your farmhouse themed tree. I love the signs on it as well.

  2. Leanna, I just love your barn themed tree! It’s such a unique idea. Those red and white bows look great streaming down the tree. I also love the ladder with cozy blankets in the background. Pinned!

  3. Your barn tree is so pretty. I can see why you changed your mind about the using red. That barn house ribbon is perfect and goes so well with your farm house theme. Perfect!

  4. Such a pretty Christmas tree with so many wonderful goodies to look at! Love those fuzzy wool ornaments, did you make them?

    1. Hi Sonya, yes I did, but I whipped them up as a last minute thing because my tree felt bare. I will Post a tutorial right away. Thank you for mentioning them.

  5. Your tree came together beautifully, Leanna! The long tails of the ribbon makes it quite charming along with your handcrafted ornaments! What a lovely old fashion Christmasy effect!

  6. Leanna, that farmhouse ribbon is gorgeous! I would have scooped that up too. I love the classic colors you went with and all of your handmade ornaments just make this tree so special. The color pops and the ladder looks amazing next to it too. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us! Happy holidays!

  7. That barn ribbon would inspire me, too! I love the ornaments that you had to go with it.

  8. Oh my, such a pretty and perfectly themed tree! That sweet little winter barn ribbon is perfect, as is the dear little snowy barn ornament! This is just the perfect farmhouse tree!

  9. I love the red and white combination of your tree it is so striking in the pictures. I also love the addition of the cotton stems, I know it has been done for a couple of years, but I still love the the look sooo much in rustic trees especially in your application! Pinning this perfection for later!

    1. Thank you Jen, This is the first year I thought of the cotton stems, its always great to use what you have on hand first. Thank you very much for the Pin.

  10. This tree has such an old fashioned look to it. It’s so charming. I love the farmhouse barn theme. I had to peak at your neutral tree too. It’s also beautiful and your dog really adds to the look . I just had to keep going, your house is so warm and cozy. I love the pink pumpkins too. I’m glad to discover your blog on this hop.

  11. I love the barn ribbon that you used on your tree! I’ve never seen anything like it and it’s much prettier spread out on a tree than it would be tied into a bow. I also love your red and white striped ribbon. You created a spectacular tree and I hope that you enjoy it bunches this Christmas season.

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