Christmas Tree Decorating Tips

Tree decorating themes vary widely according to individual tastes. Many people like to decorate with a specific color or color combination. Here are a few basic tips, which may be helpful to you. The suggested sequence for decorating a tree is as follows:

  • Lights
  • Garland
  • Tree Trims
  • Ornaments
  • Tree Top and Skirts

Tree Trim Tips

Tree Height
Miniature Lights
# of Bulbs
Feet of
Novelty Tree Trim
& Ornaments
35 to 40 24" to 3' 30 pieces
70 to 80 36" to 4' 42 pieces
200 to 400 50' to 55" 35-50 pieces
400 to 600 85' to 90' 50-75 pieces
500 to 700 100' to 110' 75-100 pieces
600 to 800 130' to 145' 175-225 pieces
800 to 1000 185' to 200' 200-300 pieces
Garland Decorating
Regular Doorway   18' to 25'
Double Doorway   20' to 35'
Small Picture Window   18' to 25'
Large Picture Window   20' to 35'
Fireplace Mantle   18' to 25'
Ceiling Decorations   50' to 100'


 C-7 & C-9 Lights*:

To calculate the amount of C-7 and C-9 lights for your tree, you may want to do the following:

HxD (divided by 2) for trees up to 7 feet.
HxD (divided by 3) for trees 7 1/2 feet and up. For example, a 6 foot tree with a diameter of 45 inches would be as follows:

6x45 (divided by 2) = 135 lights

*Not all C-7 and C-9 lights are approved for artificial trees, but Cool Bright by GE is a good choice. Check packaging.

Do's and Don'ts of Lights:

Never hook mini lights and C-7s or C-9s end to end. Connect only the same light sets together. They must be on their own outlet. This is also true when hooking your treetop to your light sets. the 3 outlet cords work very well in this situation. Do not hook more than 3 sets of lights together end to end. This can cause overloaded circuits and may blow fuses in your light sets. Some lights are commercial grade and you can connect up to six lights together. (Check packaging). Discard damaged sets (broken/cracked sockets, frayed/bare wires or loose connectors). Turn off all indoor lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.