You found your perfect tree, and now it’s time to decorate it. Christmas tree decorations come in various styles, so start with a theme to narrow down your options. This guide covers common kinds of festive décor and what to consider before purchase.
Christmas Tree Toppers
From shining stars to graceful angels, these classic symbols help keep the festive tradition alive.
What are the common types of Christmas tree toppers?
StarsRanging from the 5-pointed star to the 3-dimensional Moravian design with 26 points
FigurinesIncluding angels, Father Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and other classic Christmas characters
BouquetsAn arrangement of faux flowers, leaves, and berries
BowsLightweight tree toppers made of decorative ribbons
OthersSunbursts, snowflakes, finials, and more
What size of Tree Topper do i need?
Consider the factors below to ensure your topper suits your Christmas tree.
Height of the Tree
Check that you have enough clearance for a topper. Allot at least 6 inches of space between the ceiling and the top of the tree topper.
Shape of the Tree
Choose a topper that complements the shape of your tree. Wide toppers like stars or angels are perfect for a full tree, while elongated ones work well on narrow trees.
Weight of the Tree Topper
Try to balance the topper in the palm of your hand. If it falls within 3 seconds, it might need additional support.
How do I attach my Tree Topper?
Tree toppers usually have a conical, spring, or spiral base. Insert the top branch of your tree into the base, and secure with green floral tape if needed.
For extra support, use a tree topper extension kit.
Invest in basic globe baubles and pair them with themed collections for easy decorating. We offer many Christmas tree baubles to choose from, whether you’re looking for the classic red, gold, and silver look, a winter wonderland theme, or something in between.
What are the popular kinds of baubles?
How Many Baubles Do I Need?
There’s no hard rule when it comes to number of baubles. You might prefer a minimalist look, while others love to mix and match assorted pieces. Here’s a rough guide based on tree size to give you an idea.
|Tree Height||Light Coverage||Heavy Coverage||Baubles|
|6.5 feet||70 pieces||105 pieces||4 - 8.75 inches|
|7.5 feet||105 pieces||140 pieces||4 - 8.75 inches|
|9 - 10 feet||175 pieces||210 pieces||4 - 8.75 inches|
RIBBONS & GARLANDS
Christmas tree ribbons and garlands are an easy way to add texture to your display. Go for embroidered ribbons for a luxurious touch, beaded garlands for extra sparkle, or layered ribbons for a unique look.
How much Ribbon or Garland do I need?
The amount of ribbon depends on the tree’s width and your technique. Start with 3 yards of ribbon per foot of tree. This means you need around 22.5 yards of ribbon for a standard 7.5-foot Christmas tree. Adjust the length based on how you drape or cascade the ribbon. Try our calculator to find the ideal length of ribbons for your tree.
|Tree Height||Ribbon Length|
|6.5 feet||19.5 yards|
|7.5 feet||22.5 yards|
|9 - 10 feet||27 - 30 yards|
Watch this video for more tips on decorating with ribbon:
For easier styling, opt for wired ribbons that hold their shape.
Picks and Sprays
How do I use Picks and Sprays?
Use these to fill gaps in the tree and complement your baubles. Simply tuck the stem into a branch and adjust the placement. Try layering floral picks with leaves or berries, or turn them into a DIY bouquet tree topper.
Tree Skirts & Collars
To complete your theme, choose from a variety of Christmas tree skirts that cover the base of your tree. You may also want to explore Christmas tree collars or creative tree stands that give your display a different look.
Christmas Tree Skirts
Tree skirts began as a way to protect the floor from falling needles and wax drippings of traditional candlelit Christmas trees. Now, it hides the wires of your tree lights and creates a beautiful backdrop for presents.
What size of Tree Skirt should I get?
Go for one that’s at least 6 inches bigger than the full width of your tree. Make sure that it covers the entire tree base. For more details, see the table below.
|Tree Width||Tree Skirt Size|
|30 - 42 inches||36 - 48 inches|
|42 - 54 inches||54 - 60 inches|
|54 - 64 inches||70 - 72 inches|
|64 - 76 inches||84 inches|
Christmas Tree Collars
Tree collars are conical cylinders that latch around the base of your tree. These offer more coverage than tree skirts, and are commonly made of metal, wood, or natural fibres.
What size of Tree Collar should I get?
When buying a tree collar, check if it’s compatible with the height and pole diameter of your tree. Our small collars suit trees below 7 feet, while the large collars accommodate 7- to 11-feet tall Christmas trees.
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