A time-honoured tradition in homes across Canada, decorating a Christmas tree symbolizes the kick-off to the holiday season for many families. Learn how to decorate your tree like a pro with the best Christmas tree decorations from garland to ornaments to tree toppers!

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Choose a Colour Scheme

Before you start, pick out a colour scheme for your tree based on what sort of look you want to achieve. For a contemporary approach choose deep reds, blues, and greens. If you want to bring back the glory days of your childhood, nothing beats the traditional green and red with multi-coloured lights. Modern colours include icy blue, rose gold, silver, and pastels.  

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Types of Ornaments

Lucky for you, there are lots of different ornaments to choose from! This can set the theme of your tree. Go for buffalo plaid and snowshoes for a rustic theme, or silver and glass starbursts for a more elegant touch to your tree. Be sure to keep with the theme so ornaments don’t get lost in the mix. And when in doubt, reach for the colourful baubles!

How many ornaments do I put on my Christmas tree?

The picture-perfect tree is attainable, if you have the correct amount of ornaments. Avoid overcrowding your tree with ornaments this Christmas and achieve the perfect tree to decoration balance! 

  • 5 ft. tree – 50 ornaments 
  • 6 ft. tree – 60 ornaments 
  • 8 ft. tree – 80 ornaments 
  • 9 ft. tree – 90 ornaments 
  • 10 ft. tree – 120 – 160 ornaments 
  • 12 ft. tree – 140 – 190 ornaments 



How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

Step One

Set-Up Your Tree

If you’re working with an artificial tree, always assemble it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Tip: The tree has been in a box for almost a year so it’s going to need to stretch out for a bit. Let the tree’s branches fall into place before your start decorating. 

If you’re working with a real tree, place it in the centre of the tree stand and screw the bolts tightly in place. Be sure to have help on hand for this one! 
Step Two

Start with the Lights

If you don’t have a pre-lit tree, you can add some sparkle with string lights! Use a ladder to reach the top of the tree. Make a loop with the cord of the string lights and wrap it around the tip of the tree. Work your way down, wrapping the string lights around the tree on an angle. Be sure to leave enough space for the plug to reach the extension cord!

If you want to opt out of the string lights you can purchase pre-lit trees. From white LED lights to multi-coloured lights, the options are endless. All you need to do is set-up the tree and plug it in!  

Step Three

Deck the Tree with Boughs of Garland

Next wrap the garland or ribbon around the tree in the same angle as your lights. If you have translucent ribbon, try wrapping them just over the lights for an ethereal glow. 
Step Four

Top the Tree

Traditionally, the tree topper is the last step, but it’s a good idea to put the tree topper on before the ornaments in case disaster strikes! This way, you’ll have minimal collateral damage if the topper isn’t balanced correctly and starts to fall. 

Tip: If your tree topper is having a hard time staying up, try zip-tying it to the top. 
Step Five

Have Fun with Ornaments

When it comes to ornaments the rule of thumb is to start with your favourite. Choose to hang these pieces near the top and centre of the tree. You can then begin to fill the rest of the tree with your carefully selected decorations. Work from top to bottom, evenly distributing them. 

Tip: Remember to place some ornaments inches back into the tree, to give your decorating some depth. 

Step Six

Finishing Touches

Now that the ornaments are up, you can add some finishing touches. Add a tree skirt to the bottom of the tree to give it a more polished look. Now all that’s left are the presents!  

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