The Ultimate Christmas Tree Decoration Guide

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Christmas tree decoration

It’s Christmas time! You have probably bought your Christmas tree already or you’re waiting for it to be delivered to your door and installed as well. Getting your house into the festive Christmas mood is the fun part of the holiday.

We offer you a detailed blog post on how to decorate your Christmas tree. It contains all of the information you might need, so make sure to take a look below.

Where do Christmas ornaments come from?

Putting ornaments on your Christmas tree is known as one of the traditions that are associated with Christmas. Nowadays, baubles, ornaments, angels and little Santas come in all shapes and colours and can be bought from anywhere in the world.

Back in the time, baubles were first manufactured from glass as they were meant for wealthy people. Soon after that, plastic Christmas ornaments were made as well so that everyone could afford them.

The first Christmas baubles in the world were produced in Germany. They were invented by Hans Greiner in Lauscha by the end of the 1840s. Baubles were first manufactured in the shape of glass nuts and fruits but got a more spherical shape later on.

Note: If you have a real Christmas tree, make sure it has excellent needle retention, such as a Nordmann Fir. It is perfect for hanging heavy ornaments.

How tall should my Christmas tree be?

First, you need to pick the right spot for your tree. This will help you find out how much space you have. You need to determine the height and width of your Christmas tree.

Make sure to maintain a distance between your ceiling and your tree of about a meter, if not more. You will use this leftover space for your Christmas tree topper and your tree stand.

When decorating a Christmas tree what goes on first?

Step 1: Lights

When decorating a Christmas tree, the lights are the first thing that goes up. Putting them on first makes the job so much faster and easier. Various designs are sold on the market so your options are endless.

Step 2: Garlands and ribbon

After that, you can move on to adding your Christmas garlands and there are no specific ways or rules you should follow to put them on your tree. How many garlands you will need to decorate your tree really depends on its size. Normally, two strands per vertical foot will be enough.

Decorating Christmas trees with ribbon is not difficult at all and there are no rules on how it should be done either. You just need to cut strips of the ribbon and tuck it in your tree. If you prefer to decorate your tree with ribbon vertically, start from the top of your tree. Let the ribbon follow the height of your tree all the way to its base. You can leave it like that or tuck the ribbon into your tree as well.

Step 3: Christmas ornaments

As soon as you are done with the lights, garlands and the festive ribbon, you can finally hang your Christmas ornaments on your tree. Arrange them all around the tree and finish the decoration by adding the Christmas tree topper on it.

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How many ornaments should be on a Christmas tree?

Wondering how many ornaments you need for your Christmas tree? Well, it all depends on its size and height. Check out the table below to find out how many ornaments will be enough in accordance to your tree’s height.

Christmas Tree HeightApprox. Number Of Ornaments Needed
4 ft75
5 ft112
6 ft135
7 ft182
8 ft220

How to measure the length of the Christmas garland?

If you want to avoid spending extra on Christmas decorations you are not going to use, it’s much better to determine how much of each piece you are going to need. Check out the table below to find out how much garland you’ll need for your Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree HeightGarland Length
4 ft20 ft (6 meters)
5 ft25 ft (approx. 8 meters)
6 ft30 ft (9 meters)
7 ft35 ft (approx. 11 meters)
8 ft40 ft (12 meters)

How many lights do you need for your Christmas tree?

Christmas lights are gorgeous and make each tree stand out, but too much of something is not always necessary. Just as it goes with garlands, holiday lights might not be quite enough for your tree. Or it may turn out you have much more than you actually need. The table below will help you find out how many lights you need for your Christmas tree.

Christmas Tree HeightChristmas Lights Needed (Natural spread)
4 ft101 Christmas Lights
5 ft138 Christmas Lights
6 ft190 Christmas Lights
7 ft236 Christmas Lights
8 ft285 Christmas Lights

Christmas decorating mistakes to avoid

Sometimes people tend to overdo it when it comes to festive decorations and some houses end up looking like Christmas decorating disasters. Below you will find several quick tips on how to avoid that:

  • Pick the right spot for your Christmas tree. If you place real Christmas trees near fire sources they will dry out. Also, think about rearranging your furniture so that your pets can’t jump right on top of your tree and pull it down. A lot of damages can be done to your tree and ornaments, and your pet may get hurt.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights consume a lot of energy and they may also bother your neighbours. You can buy Christmas lights on timers instead. What you will need are two or four plug-in modules to install your exterior Christmas lights safely. Opt for LED lights as they don’t emit such a strong and disturbing light.
  • Make sure you don’t overload extension cords and outlets.
  • Don’t go overboard when decorating your property. Stick to your colour theme and add just 2 or 3 festive decor pieces per room to avoid a cluttered look.
  • Measure the height of your ceiling before you buy your Christmas tree. If your tree is taller than your room’s height, it will never fit in your house.
  • Keep a good distance between your fireplace and your stockings. They can catch on fire quite easily.

Can you replant a Christmas tree?

Wondering if you can replant your Christmas tree? Absolutely! If your choice was a potted Christmas tree, don’t get rid of it as soon as holidays are over.

Pick a spot in your garden, avoid wires and your house foundations, and then dig a hole. It should be around 12 inches wider than your Christmas tree’s root spread. All that is left to do is fill the hole with mulch and remove it somewhere in January or February. After this is done, you can finally fill the hole with soil.

Here are a few other ways on how to dispose of your Christmas tree.

Christmas decorations bring joy and create a cosy mood, preparing us for the upcoming holidays. But sometimes it can get too overwhelming and we don’t always approve the final results. However, festive decorations can be dangerous, too. Therefore it is important to keep our Christmas decor balanced and safely installed.

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  • Thank you so much for this useful article. It was a fun read. Much props to the writer. It has everything we need to know.

  • Wow, this is an extensive Christmas tree decoration guide. Love your emphasis on an eco-friendly Christmas. As well as recycled wrapping materials, you could also use more recycled materials for your tree. Love the hot chocolate idea too.

  • Great tips and wonderful article! I wish I had read it before putting my decorations. I will definitely use your tips next year.

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