Decorating a Bedroom Ceiling With Ribbon

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Decorating a Bedroom Ceiling With Ribbon
Use ribbon to decorate your bedroom ceiling. (green ribbon image by Alison Bowden from

There are many different ways to spruce up the colour in your bedroom. However, if you're looking for something very different, consider sprucing up your ceiling. With ribbon--quite a bit of ribbon--you can give your ceiling a whole new, chic look. However, if you're going to decorate your ceiling, you might want to downplay your walls. This means, if you're going have bright pink ribbon on your ceiling, you might want to choose a light pink or a neutral colour for your walls.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • 6-inch-wide or larger satin ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Thumb tacks
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Measure the length of your ceiling using a measuring tape. Write the length down, adding 3 feet to the length. Purchase the widest width satin ribbon that you can find from a arts and crafts store. You will need approximately nine lengths of ribbon, with an extra length to disguise the thumb tacks.

  2. 2

    Cut a small piece of ribbon from one of the ribbon ends. This will be used to cover the thumb tacks. Add a drop of glue to the of one of the thumb tacks. Place the extra piece of ribbon--starting at the ribbon corner--directly on top of the thumb tack. Hold the ribbon down to adhere.

  3. 3

    Cut around the thumb tack so only the small circle of glue ribbon is on the tack. Run the flame from a lighter around the ribbon on the tack. This will help seal the ribbon preventing it from fraying. Do this to every thumb tack so each one is disguised. You'll need about 20 thumb tacks.

  4. 4

    Place the first ribbon in one corner on the ceiling. Push a ribbon thumb tack into the ribbon to keep it on the ceiling.

  5. 5

    Pull the ribbon across the room, diagonally. Push in another thumb tack on the opposite end of the ribbon into the opposite ceiling corner. Allow the ribbon to drape down slightly.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps 4 and 5 with a second ribbon, from one corner of the ceiling to the other. There will now be an "X" on your ceiling in ribbon.

  7. 7

    Insert a thumb tack into the third ribbon 2 inches from the first diagonal ribbon. Pull the ribbon--also diagonally--to extend to the other side of the ceiling. Insert another thumb tack to keep the third ribbon in place. Repeat this step with the fourth ribbon to cross over the third ribbon. Continue to do this until you have four ribbons on the left side of the ceiling extending diagonally across the ceiling to the right side. You'll also have four ribbon on the right side of the ceiling crossing the ceiling to the left side. All eight ribbons will form a large "X."

  8. 8

    Place the last ribbon up to the middle of one end of the ceiling. Keep the ribbon in place with a thumb tack. Stretch the ribbon straight along the length of the ceiling and pin it up on the opposite end. You can leave the ribbons draping over the ceiling. If you want, you can insert one last thumb tack into the middle of the ceiling where all the ribbons intersect. This will give a more dramatic draping effect.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also do this with hundreds of thin ribbons to create a ribbon canopy, as well.
  • Be careful when using flame to seal the ribbon.

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