How to Decorate a Basket With Ribbon


One of my favorite ways to decorate a basket is with ribbon. It’s such an easy way to add some flair and color! I always get compliments on how cute it looks, and people often ask me where they can find the same kind of ribbon that I used. Well, you are in luck because today I am going to show you how to decorate a basket with ribbon from simple materials!

How to Decorate a Basket With Ribbon

This post will show you step-by-step how to create your own decorative ribbons for any occasion using items that you can find at home or in stores near you. You don’t need a lot of supplies or expensive materials – just a few minutes and some creativity!

Materials You Need to Decorate a Basket with Ribbon

  • Basket
  • Ribbon (the width of the ribbon will depend on how wide you want the stripes to be, but I recommend a ribbon that is at least 12 inches for this project)
  • Scissors
  • String or ribbon to tie the ribbons together (optional)

How to Decorate a Basket With Ribbon – 7 Steps to Follow

Step One

Cut the length of ribbon you want to use for your stripes, with a minimum width of 12 inches. For this project, I cut two ribbons which were about 18 inches long, and six ribbons that were around one foot in length.

Step Two

Fold each end over so they are even on both sides, then bring them together at the top. Tie it off using string or another piece of ribbon if desired.

Step Three

Take one end from the shorter pieces and tie it onto an empty handle loop where there is enough space between loops to make room for all five strips (I recommend doing this while holding onto the other four ends).

Repeat with another loop from the handle and two more strips.

Step Four

Continue to tie on strips, alternating between loops that are near each other and ones further away until you have all five ribbons secured tightly in place (don’t forget to use both sides of the basket!). The final product should look like this:

Step Five  

To create any design or pattern your want, simply cut out pieces at different lengths using scissors!


Things To Avoid to Decorate a Basket with Ribbon

  • Do not use too much ribbon. If you overdo it, your basket will look like a parcel wrapped at the post office.
  • Don’t wrap the entire handle with ribbon; this can lead to an uncomfortable grip or slippery hold on the handle and make it difficult for people with smaller hands to carry around.
  • The knot should be small enough that when someone pulls on one end of the bow (by mistake), they won’t have pulled out all of the ribbons in one go! When tying off a long piece of ribbon, don’t tie more than three knots – two is best so as not to risk any fraying taking place if people pull on them from time to time during their celebrations.
  • Use scissors (ideally small ones) when cutting ribbons from spools – this will ensure straight cuts, without any distracting knots in sight! When using thick ribbons like those which come from craft stores, one should cut them into strips before tying off their ends; this prevents “wavy” edges which could otherwise be seen on the finished product.
  • The right length of ribbon for your basket is one that reaches the top, but not so much as to touch the sides or bottom. If you are using a small basket, it’s best to use shorter lengths – maybe even just two inches in total! For bigger baskets, consider doubling up on ribbons where necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Color Ribbons Would You Want to Include for a Colorful Decoration?

There are a plethora of colors to choose from when decorating with ribbon, so it really depends on what you’re looking for. If the basket and ribbons are going to be going in your child’s room, I would consider using one or two primary colors (red/blue) plus some lighter shades as well.

What if You Want Ribbons That Are Inexpensive?

The best option for inexpensive ribbons is to buy them by the yard from craft stores – they come already cut into strips! Or, if you have access to sewing materials like spools or scissors, just use those items directly at home.”

Do You Have Any Personal Tips for Tying a Bow?

There are a few tips that can make tying the bow easier.

Pick up one end of the ribbon, and put it over your thumb so that there is an equal amount on each side (with about two inches sticking out). Bring both ends together in front of you with one hand holding them at shoulder height.

The other should be gripping just below where they join to create tension – this will help ensure a tight knot. With the first hand still grasping the loose ribbons above and now below, use your second hand to wrap them around themselves until they reach their destination spot: under your chin or lapel.


Now that you know the basics of how to decorate a basket with ribbon, you’ll be able to create your own unique and stylish baskets for any occasion. Have fun while learning about this easy DIY project! Remember these steps when creating your next gift or decoration so it will turn out beautifully every time.

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