realistic artificial Christmas tree with burgundy and gold decorations

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 Christmas tree 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.

angel tree topper and bouquet tree topper

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What are the common types of Christmas tree toppers?

Stars

Ranging from the 5-pointed star to the 3-dimensional Moravian design with 26 points

Bows

Lightweight tree toppers made of decorative ribbons

Figurines

Including angels, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and other classic Christmas characters

Others

Sunbursts, snowflakes, finials, and more

Bouquets

An arrangement of faux flowers, leaves, and berries

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 15 centimetres 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.

Insider’s Tip

Balsam Hill™ trees have a reinforced top branch tip to secure toppers and keep them upright. For extra support, use our tree topper extension kit.

Ornaments

Invest in basic globe ornaments and pair them with themed collections for easy decorating. We offer many Christmas tree ornaments to choose from, whether you’re looking for the classic red, green, and gold look, a modern jewel-toned theme, or something in between.

Kinds of Ornaments

red, green, and gold Christmas ornaments and blue, copper, and gold Christmas tree ornaments

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Globe Ornaments

Figurines

Icicles

Snowflakes

Finials

Heirlooms

How many ornaments do I need?

There’s no hard rule when it comes to number of ornaments. 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 Ornaments
195 centimetres 70 pieces 105 pieces 10 – 22 centimetres
225 centimetres 105 pieces 140 pieces 10 – 22 centimetres
270 – 300 centimetres 175 pieces 210 pieces 10 – 22 centimetres

Insider’s Tip

If you prefer heavier coverage, you’ll need more ornaments on full trees compared to narrow ones, as fuller trees provide more room for layering multiple sets.

Ribbons & Garlands

gold and champagne ribbons on a Christmas tree and gold jeweled garlands draped on a sparse tree

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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 275 centimetres of ribbon per 30 centimetres height of the tree. This means you need around 2,050 centimetres of ribbon for a standard Christmas tree height of 225 centimetres. Adjust the length based on how you drape or cascade the ribbon.

Tree Height Ribbon Length
195 centimetres 1,800 centimetres
225 centimetres 2,050 centimetres
270 – 300 centimetres 2,500 – 2,750 centimetres

Watch this video for more tips on decorating with ribbon:

Insider’s Tip

Using wide ribbons adds a fuller look to narrow or slim Christmas trees, especially when hung in billows. For easier styling, opt for wired ribbons that hold their shape.

Picks & Sprays

metallic magnolia picks and blue berry picks on a Christmas tree

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Tree picks and sprays are offered in designs like florals, berries, leaves, and more. These versatile accents add colour to your tree and can also be used for decorating wreaths and garlands.

How do I use picks & sprays?

Use these to fill gaps in the tree and complement your ornaments. 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.

Insider’s Tip

Add as many picks as you need to get the desired look. Floral or leaf picks tend to be bigger than berry picks, providing more coverage. To make them stand out, spread out a few picks throughout the tree.

Tree Skirts, Collars, & Stands

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

White and red tree skirts and a French blue velvet Christmas tree skirt

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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 15 centimetres 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
76 – 107 centimetres 91 – 122 centimetres
107 – 137 centimetres 137 – 152 centimetres
137 – 163 centimetres 178 – 183 centimetres
163 – 193 centimetres 213 centimetres

Christmas Tree Collars

A woven tree collar and a galvanized metal tree collar

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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 210 centimetres, while the large collars accommodate Christmas trees 210 to 335 centimetres tall.

Christmas Tree Stands

Unlike skirts and collars that cover your tree base, a decorative tree stand replaces it completely. This supports the weight of your tree and completes your theme.

What size of tree stand should I get?

Choose one that accommodates the diameter of your tree pole, as well as any special features of the base. Note that tree stands add height to your tree.

Insider’s Tip

Looking for inspiration to help you get started on your picture-perfect tree? Browse our blog for beautiful looks only from Balsam Hill.

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