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 lights and tree ornament calculators be your guide as you prepare the perfect holiday centerpiece.

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

full shaped Christmas tree
The most popular shape, with the classic profile of natural Christmas trees
slim Christmas tree
Our most compact trees, designed for tight spaces and corners
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 Ornaments Calculator

You will need
Christmas ornaments

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Christmas tree ornaments

How many Christmas ornaments do I need?

Christmas trees come in various shapes and sizes, 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 ornaments for your tree. Through our Christmas tree ornament 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 ornaments you’ll use. For reference, our calculator accounts for ornament sizes ranging from 4 inches to 8.75 inches long.

Christmas Lights Calculator

You will need
light bulbs

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Christmas tree lights

How many lights do I need for my Christmas tree?

The number of lights you need depends on your preferred density and bulb type. For example, your tree may require a higher count of fairy lights or other tiny LEDs to get the right coverage. Read our guide on How to Choose and Hang Christmas Lights to find your ideal light type. To ensure your safety, remember to use UL-listed lights and 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

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ribbons & garlands

What is the ideal length of ribbon for Christmas trees?

When you decorate your tree with Christmas 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 want 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 pieces to cover all sides of the tree. Opt for longer strands if you plan to make large, dramatic billows.

To add interest and create depth, layer two or more ribbons of varying designs on top of each other. Visit our blog for more tips on Christmas tree decorating with ribbons.

We hope our Christmas tree ornament calculators helped you determine the amount of trimmings you need. For further assistance, reach out to our Customer Service.