Rule of Thumb – Number of lights and ornaments for your Christmas Tree

As Gardening With Confidence™ begins our busy season decorating clients homes and offices for Christmas, we find we answer the same questions often: About how many lights and ornaments do I need for my tree?

Thus, a general rule of thumb is:

  • 100 miniature lights per foot of tree
  • 15 ornaments per foot of tree
  • 10 feet of garland per foot of tree


4-foot tabletop tree – 400 lights:  60 ornaments:  40′ of garland

6-foot tree – 600 lights:  90 ornaments:   60′ of  garland

7.5-foot tree –  750 lights:  112 ornaments:  75′ of garland

More is better!

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening with Confidence™

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Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum



  1. Your tree looks lovely! Mine is a big pink mess this year!
    I would like to go back to green, but my boyfriend bought me a pink tree…boy is it a challenge to live with for the month of December:)

  2. 100 lights per foot seems a bit high according to my gut feeling, but we like trees with an open feel and not too much decoration. For the last several years we’ve lighted the Korean Fir in our front yard and skipped an indoor tree. That way we share the light with the neighborhood and don’t have to rearrange the living room.

    • That sounds nice Mark. Personally, I’m an EBT (everything but the tree) person when it comes to Christmas decorations – even though I have been collected ornaments for years, I do my clients with lots of lights. More is merrier. H.

  3. […] In keeping with teaching how to create natural decorations, I have begun to post tips to decorating for Christmas around the home.  Here’s a tip Number of lights and ornaments for your Christmas Tree. […]

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