Kenneth Wingard’s 4 Ribbon Replacements

Kenneth Wingard’s 4 Ribbon Replacements

Use design expert Kenneth Wingard’s four DIY alternatives for ribbons this holiday.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love ribbon. I mean, I really love ribbon. However, the nice stuff is expensive and you don’t always have enough of it to go around. That seems to be the case on wintry mornings when you need to get some gifts wrapped and the last thing you want to do is make a run to the store. So, with that in mind, here are four ways to decorate your gifts without touching a roll of ribbon (or braving the elements).

All are made out of paper and I’m pretty sure you can find all the other materials in your child’s craft box. (Not that you would take things out of your child’s craft box but desperate times do sometimes call for desperate measures.)

1. Crepe Paper Holly

  1. Cut a rectangle from green crepe paper and fold it in half lengthwise
  2. Cut a half holly shape
  3. Unfold and pull and shape with your fingers
  4. Add balled up red crepe paper for berries

2. Curled Paper


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  1. Cut 1 long, 3 medium, and 1 short strips of paper 3/4-inch wide
  2. Bend 1 long, 1 medium and 1 short strip into concentric circles and fasten with a stapler
  3. Bend 2 medium strips into long loops and attach to the bottom of the circles with another staple
  4. Hide staple with scrap of paper

3. Accordion Medallion

  1. Accordion fold two pieces of paper and then fold each in half
  2. Attach the two pieces to make a full circle
  3. Cover center with a circle (or two) of paper (gift wrap works nicely)

4. Tissue Paper Flower

  1. Accordion-fold a sheet of tissue paper, making the folds the desired width of the flower
  2. Fold the accordion lengthwise multiple times to get a square
  3. Staple the center of the square
  4. Cut a scalloped flower shape
  5. Pull each layer of tissue up and slightly crinkle it

For more of Kenneth's holiday decor projects, visit his blog

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