I got a couple of different spools of red, black and white ribbon. I also found some zebra print at the Lobby so I used two spools of it as well! This takes A LOT of ribbon so you want to get it on sale. The more wired ribbon you have the better because you can play with it to make the garland look fuller. I cut all of the ribbon to 8" and then just figured out a pattern to tie it on. It takes a while to get it tied on but that is pretty much the hardest part! I love the way it turned out!!!