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A Guide to Christmas Tree Ornaments

Now that you’ve decided on what artificial Christmas tree to buy, you may find yourself asking, “How many ornaments do I need to hang on my tree?” Considering how you plan to decorate your tree is key to creating a centerpiece that you’ll be proud to display in your holiday home.

The number of Christmas ornaments you will need depends on the height and width of your tree, the size of your ornaments, how much of the tree you want to cover, and your personal taste or theme. We’ve created this guide to help you determine the ornaments most suitable for your Christmas tree.

Suggested Number and Size of Ornaments

There is no exact calculation on how many ornaments you choose to hang on your Christmas tree – this is ultimately determined by your own inclination. However, you can refer to our handy chart below as a starting point to help you make sure that you’ll have even coverage based on your tree’s height.

Height Light Coverage Heavy Coverage Ornament Size
4.5′-6.5′ 35 pieces 70 pieces 4” to 8.75”
7.5’ 70 pieces 105 pieces 4” to 8.75”
9’-10’ 105 pieces 140 pieces 4” to 8.75”

Combining Different Ornament Sizes

Decorating with different sizes of ornaments is a fantastic way to increase depth and add variety to your design. When decorating, place larger ornaments near the tree’s interior, while making sure the branches are strong enough to support their weight. Small ornaments are ideal near the tips of the branches. Use varying sizes to fill gaps in the tree, but make sure to keep things even. Step back once in a while to check your work and make sure there are no remaining gaps.

With so many options, it’s essential to consider your tree’s profile and branch construction when choosing ornaments. Keep in mind that your tree’s size and structure will generally determine the size of your ornaments and how many you will need. If you’re going for heavier ornaments, you’ll want to make sure your tree has sturdy branches.

Types of Materials

It’s also important to know the types of materials your Christmas ornaments are made from and which ones suit your household. Glass ornaments exude beauty and grace, but delicate ones can be easily broken – especially if you have small children or pets in your home. In this case, consider using other options, like thicker glass ornaments, shatter-resistant ornaments, or ornaments made from other materials such as metal, ceramic, wood, or natural fibers.

Know Your Color Scheme

Having a color scheme that complements your tree’s foliage is key to creating the mood and style you want to achieve. The shade of your foliage helps you determine what to look for when choosing ornaments for your tree and create the mood you want to achieve. Some foliage hues are best suited with certain colors: trees with warm yellow-green foliage tend to look best with warmer-colored ornaments, while trees with cool blue-green shades look stunning with cooler-colored trimmings.

Consider Different Themes

If you have more than one artificial Christmas tree, consider decorating with multiple different themes. Check out some of our suggested themes:

We wish you a wonderful holiday season and hope that you have a delightful experience shopping for your Christmas ornaments. If we can be of further assistance in choosing your perfect Christmas tree and ornaments, please contact Customer Service.

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Mantel Makeover: From Halloween, to Harvest, to the Holidays

  • Halloween Mantel by Delilah
    From Tricks to Tinsel: Delilah displays four unique themes for each season

The fireplace mantel is one of the best places in your home to highlight holiday décor. As the room’s focal point, the space can easily be decorated according to the season by simply changing the accessories displayed on top.

Find inspiration for transitioning your mantel from Halloween to the new year with radio personality and author, Delilah. Read on to discover how she created four unique looks for each occasion with Balsam Hill holiday decorations.

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10 Stunning Christmas Decorating Themes to Recreate This Season

Decorating ideas for turning your Christmas tree into the showpiece your home deserves.

Christmas Tree with Jewel-toned Ornaments

Shimmering jewel-toned ornaments exude distinct elegance and grace.

The Christmas tree is often considered the heart of holiday decorating. Drawing inspiration from the experiences of the best home décor and lifestyle bloggers out there, we’ve curated some Christmas tree decorating ideas you’ll surely love. We have a number of ideas that will inspire you to design a spectacular centerpiece with an eye-catching display.
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Countdown to Christmas: Wrap-up and Announcement of Winners

The most wonderful time of the year is here, as Balsam Hill’s month-long Countdown to Christmas comes to a close. Thank you to all our friends who invited us into their homes and showcased gorgeous designs fit for the holidays. Let’s look back at the weekly themes that inspired our bloggers this season.

Week 1: Fireplace and Mantel

L to R: Kellie, Jennifer, and Cami's mantel decorations

L to R: Kellie, Jennifer, and Cami’s mantel decorations

Kellie, Jennifer, and Cami, all did an outstanding job at decorating their fireplace and mantels with our Frosted Evergreen Foliage. They created cohesive and stylish displays with elegant, silver and light-colored accents for a delicate touch. For more information about the products they used, check out our Countdown to Christmas’ 1st week round-up. Read This Entry

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Balsam Hill Australia: Blogger Product Reviews

In the season where gift-giving is abundant, we know how sharing Christmas cheer brings a very special feeling to those who receive it. This year, Balsam Hill Australia reached out to six talented bloggers and sent them each a holiday piece. Read on to see how they decorated their homes and find out what they thought about their new pre-lit wreaths and trees.

Tanya of Stamping T!

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Pre-lit Artificial Christmas Trees: The Difference between Incandescent and LED Lights

Choosing the right pre-lit artificial Christmas tree can be overwhelming with all the lighting options currently available. The two basic light types are incandescent and LED. While both share the common purpose of adding a beautiful glow to your holiday display, there are several factors to consider before deciding which light option is best for you.

Balsam Hill Parade of Christmas Trees

To illustrate the difference between these two light types, we recently hosted The Parade of Christmas Trees, a very special blog hop with four of our blogger friends. We sent each of them two identical Christmas trees, each pre-lit with either incandescent or LED lights. We asked our bloggers to set up their Balsam Hill tree and share their thoughts on each light type. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Decorating with Dagmar: Holiday Decorating Tutorials

When it comes to holiday decorating, we usually focus our attention on adorning the Christmas tree with ornaments, lights, and accents. Often, we tend to overlook other preparations needed to make our trees, wreaths, and garlands look their best.

For the past few weeks, we’ve shared with you some of our top Christmas decorating themes and tips. Now, it’s time to delve deeper into the small yet significant details that will help make your holiday décor as bright and beautiful as the season itself.

Fluffing foliage makes it seem fuller

Fluffing foliage makes it seem fuller

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Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Jen of JenniferRizzo.com

Let me introduce Jen! A blogger, designer, wife, and mother, Jen is committed to her family, friends, and to helping people make their home their own and feel good about it. Her blog JenniferRizzo.com is full of wonderful DIY projects and ideas that are resourceful, unique, and that bring a wonderful look to your home.

A friend of mine, who is a follower of her famous blog JenniferRizzo.com, had seen a post wherein Jen was asking me some questions about Balsam Hill. Naturally, I was very excited to tell Jen, who also happens to be a friend of mine, about it. Read This Entry

Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

12 Bloggers of Christmas: Vanessa Hunt of At the Picket Fence

Vanessa Hunt is the older of two sisters who run the blog At the Picket Fence. Sisters Vanessa and Heather have found that co-authoring the blog has brought them closer together—even if they live in different states. Sharing a passion for writing, cooking, and especially home decorating, they use the blog to connect in ways they never imagined.

Vanessa currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with the “Yankee Boy” and the “Rascals”—the former, her best friend of a husband, and the latter, her two precious children. A full-time, stay-at-home mom, she shares her family’s personal journey in a series she calls “A Labor of the Heart.” Vanessa equally loves her extended family and does what she can to stay connected with them. Blogging has been one of her ways to keep close to her sister Heather despite the miles between them. Though living in different states, the sisters make it a point to be part of each other’s lives, with the help of At the Picket Fence.

Vanessa answered a few questions for us in a heart-to-heart interview. Read about her holiday decorating style and design inspirations below. Read This Entry

Rachel Faucett | Special Holiday Consultant from Handmade Charlotte

The Decorated Doorstep of Your Dreams

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Doorstep fully decorated by Balsam Hill

At last! The mantel is made, the candles are lit, and there is a big shiny star on top of the tree. We still haven’t found my mother’s Irish wool stockings (fingers crossed), but our Candy Cane Piñata Stockings are making pretty fun placeholders. From tree skirt to chimney, our house is ready for the big day. Now all that’s left to do is to spread that spirit outside. The Balsam Hill 3-Tier Wreath, Mixed Berry Topiary, and Holiday Welcome Mat come together to create the perfect doorstep arrangement that lets the world know that Christmas is on its way. It’s the finishing touch to a Handmade Charlotte + Balsam Hill Christmas.

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