Longwood Gardens Display Features Magical Paper Ribbons

This photo is a scene from the Fern Floor at nearby Longwood Gardens in southeastern Pennslylvania. I haven't had a chance to visit the holiday display this season, but would especially love to see these massive ribbon coils that flow so gracefully from the enormous tree.

large space decorated with tall Christmas tree, ribbons, ornaments, and greenery
photo by Hank Davis

Via the Longwood blog post, Tale of Three Ribbons, I read that they were constructed by bending poplar and mahogany wood, and then were covered on all sides with gilded, textured wallpaper... you knew I'd work paper into the post somewhere. :) The fabric and materials-covered red, silver, and gold ornaments are actually exercise balls.

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Comments

  1. How pretty. I will have to go read all about this. This might even be a trip that would be possible for me. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas

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    1. You would love Longwood, Ann. I hope you enjoyed Christmas!

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  2. How interesting and this would be fun to see.

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    1. It’s a beautiful place, no matter the time of year.

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  3. Longwood is a great spot. Cool ribbon decor.
    You inspired me to start quilling in Nov. 2017 when I saw the Quilled Jewelry book. I am getting to share it with other along with other paper arts ideas through a monthly Paper Arts class (free) at my branch of the Knox County Public Library in Knoxville, TN. I recommend your newsletter and blog to my classes for ideas and inspiration. It has been interesting as paper loving people find the classes they keep coming back!! and often bring a friend. For the quilled class(es) I usually bring papers made from children's books with bright colors and images that have been, for various reasons, taken out of circulation. Where's Waldo woods are one of my favorites. I cut strips in the pasta machine as linguini is 3mm. Access to withdrawn books is great for obtaining all kinds of 'supplies' for our classes.
    Thank you for your site and multiple inspiring stories, links and pictures!

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    1. Hi Susan, thanks for your comment and I'm happy to hear you've taken to quilling via my book, and have been sharing the love of paper via your classes. That's great about upcycling discarded books too!

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