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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

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