Hanging Ornaments on a Christmas Tree is Easier Than You Think

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree…

Now that the holidays are here, it’s time to start spreading Christmas cheer. For most people, that includes decorating the majestic centerpiece of the holidays — the Christmas tree.

As you pull out all your decor, maybe you’re wondering just how to hang ornaments on a Christmas tree?

You may not be Martha Stewart but hanging Christmas ornaments is easier than remembering the lyrics to Jingle Bells.

Follow our 3 easy steps below to get started.

Step 1: Organize

The first step to decorating your Christmas tree is to get organized. Pull out all of your Christmas tree decor — the lights, the ornaments, the tinsel — and take inventory. Toss out broken ornaments and burned-out lights. Need more sparkle? Shop online or head to the store.

Before buying every ornament that catches your eye, consider picking a Christmas tree theme like:  

Step 2: Hang Ornaments

No Christmas tree is complete without beautiful ornaments. Whether you hang family heirlooms or new ornaments each year, ornaments give your tree personality. Add your lights and ribbon prior to placing ornaments.

Tips for hanging Christmas tree ornaments:

  • Be sure to inspect all ornament hooks, hanging wires, and ribbons prior to placement. Any frayed or broken ones should be replaced.
  • Place your favorite ornaments first so they aren’t forgotten. Hang these higher and out of reach of kids and pets.
  • Add heavier ornaments toward the bottom of the tree where branches are sturdier.
  • Work around the tree, filling in empty spots with ornaments of various sizes.

Finally, add the tree topper.

Your tree topper should be placed last. Don’t give this job to a clumsy family member. A step ladder or regular ladder (for taller trees) works well for this task.        

Step 3: Admire Your Hanging Work

Once you’ve fluffed out branches and hung as many ornaments as your tree can handle, it’s time to turn off the lights.

Stand back from your tree as far as you can. With the tree’s Christmas lights on, take in the sight of your whole tree. Adjust any ornaments that seem too close together. Fill in areas that look empty. Move heavy ornaments that bend branches to sturdier branches.

Still looking a little bare?

One of the most common questions for decorating: How many ornaments do I need for my Christmas tree?

Here’s a guide for how many ornaments based on height, depending upon how dense you prefer your tree to look.

  • How many ornaments for a 6-foot tree? 100 - 150
  • How many ornaments for a 7-foot tree? 120 - 170
  • How many ornaments for a 9-foot tree? 200 - 260

There’s no wrong way to decorate your Christmas tree. Once you get rolling, hanging Christmas ornaments really is easy.

Plus, it’s an activity the whole family can enjoy.

If you want even more beautiful memories to cherish, consider hosting an ornament making party. Once finished, let everyone hang their creation on the tree. Or, give everyone a personalized ornament for them to hang on the tree.

Once your tree is adorned, sit back with a cup of hot chocolate and admire the sparkling beauty that is your Christmas tree.

Perhaps you’ll find yourself humming O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree...


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Rachael Mitchell

Rachael Mitchell is a freelance writer based in Seattle, Washington, and has over 15 years of writing experience. She’d never be able to pick just one favorite ornament, but narrowed it down to the S’more and Tennis Ball. She always looks forward to s’mores in the summer with friends and family adding gourmet ingredients, and played 4 years of college tennis in the mid-west.

1 comment

We have a 7.5 ft tree. My wife hangs over 500 ornaments including almost 200 OWC. She says she places not hangs the ornaments. Perhaps being an architect’s daughter makes the difference. Did I mention it takes over 3 days after I get the tree up?

Lanny Dragon

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