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Balsam Hill® Christmas Tree Decorations Calculator

When shopping for Christmas tree decorations, it helps to know exactly what you need to bring your dream display to life. After all, a thoughtfully decorated tree requires a balance of careful planning and creative inspiration. Let our Christmas tree lights and bauble calculators be your guide as you prepare for the festive season.

Here are some Christmas tree terms to know before you start:

Icon depicting full-shaped Christmas tree
The most popular shape, with the classic profile of natural Christmas trees
Icon depicting slim Christmas tree
Our most compact trees, designed for tight spaces and corners
Icon depicting flatback Christmas tree
Space savers with a full profile but rest flat against a wall or corner

To begin, click on a calculator and enter your Christmas tree’s height and shape as well as your preferred coverage. Take note that our recommended count may need to be adjusted to fit your decorating style.

Christmas Tree Baubles Calculator

You will need
Christmas baubles

Learn more about
Christmas tree baubles

How many Christmas baubles do I need?

Christmas trees come in various heights and shapes, so each one requires its own number of trimmings to get the right look. Your style preference also comes into play when deciding the amount of baubles for your tree. Through our Christmas tree bauble calculator, we combine all these factors to give you our recommended count. However, you might need to scale the resulting number up or down depending on the sizes or types of baubles you’ll use. For reference, our calculator accounts for bauble sizes ranging from 4 inches to 8.75 inches in height.

Christmas Lights Calculator

You will need
light bulbs

Learn more about
Christmas tree lights

How many lights do I need for my Christmas tree?

The right number of lights for your Christmas tree would depend on your preferred density and bulb type. For example, you may need a higher count of fairy lights or other tiny LEDs to get the right coverage. Make sure to use compatible light strings that are UL-approved for fire and electrical safety. To eliminate hazards, seek expert assistance on electrical wiring and energy consumption.

Balsam Hill's Christmas lights are measured in feet and the number of bulbs may vary per light type. Check the product description to see the bulb count for each strand as well as our suggested number of light strings for standard tree heights.

Christmas Ribbon Calculator

You will need
yards of ribbon

Learn more about
ribbons & garlands

What is the ideal length of ribbon for Christmas trees?

When you decorate your tree with ribbons, your chosen style will affect the length of ribbon needed. A good starting point is to have at least 3 yards of ribbon per foot of tree. If you prefer to keep it simple, start at the top of your tree and wrap the ribbon around it in a downward spiral. The wider your tree, the longer the ribbon you’ll need. Alternatively, you can create a cascading waterfall ribbon down your Christmas tree for an elegant look. This technique requires several strands to pull off a waterfall effect around the tree. Opt for longer pieces if you want large, dramatic billows.

To add interest and create depth, layer two or more ribbons of varying designs on top of each other. Watch this video for more tips on decorating a Christmas tree with ribbons.

We hope our Christmas tree lights and décor calculators helped you determine how many trimmings you need. For further assistance, reach out to our Customer Service.

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