How to Layer Your Christmas Tree Decorations

Learn how to layer your Christmas tree decorations for a fuller, more textured look. This easy guide will show you how!

What better way to celebrate together than with a Christmas Tree Tour, featuring eight of my talented pals? If you’re stopping by for the first time from Kim at Perfecting Places  – WELCOME!

Kim has such a beautiful, classic, and elegant home style and shares creative and fun crafts and more on her blog! Isn’t her tree just gorgeous!

I’m overjoyed that you’ve joined us, just in time for all of these festive holiday decorations. Let’s get started!!!

pearl strand christmas ornament being hung on tree
For this years tree, I chose golds, ivory and green as my decoration colors!
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How to Layer your Christmas Tree Decorations

Decorating a Christmas tree with an eye-catching, professional look is easier than you think! By following the well-known principle of ‘less is more’, use layers and layers of decorations to add impact and make your tree look fuller. Start by stringing lights from the center outwards, fluffing out any branches that need it as you go. Next, focus on the main visual elements such as large ornaments, ribbons, and garlands. For a polished look, hang fewer ornaments in a variety of sizes throughout the entire tree rather than packing them onto one branch – elevating the decorations off branches using ribbons can also reduce clutter and give your Christmas tree an extra wow factor. Finally, for a finishing touch why not add taller trees or display smaller christmas-themed items around it as I did?

small gold clock hung on a christmas tree

Curling the ribbons around your hand or finger gives your ribbon a beautiful natural look. Tuck the ends deep into the bows for the most desirable look.

Try clustering your ornaments in several areas to give an even look, while also allowing other decorations to be layered amongst them.

Experiment with different color schemes, textures, and shapes to create a look that is both stunning and special!

Buckingham Palace velvet christmas ornament on tree

Each year I add this special Buckingham Palace velvet ornament. Years ago when visiting the palace with my parents, my mom purchased this ornament. It has the best memory attached to it!

What is the Correct Order to Decorate a Christmas Tree?

Decorating your Christmas tree can be one of the most exciting parts of the holiday season! To ensure that you get the perfect look and design, there are a few steps that you should follow in sequence. While there are many ways to decorate a tree, here is what I recommend. 

little white house with gold glitter ornament on a christmas tree

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Top 9 Tree Decorating Tips

  • Start by laying out all of the Christmas tree decorations that you plan to use, perhaps near the tree itself so that you can see how everything will look together.
  • Many faux trees come with lights so you don’t need to worry about adding them first.
  • If you are a real tree fan, I recommend 100 lights per each 1 1/2 feet of tree
  • Always start with your base decorations
  • Start from the top and work your way down to the bottom. 

gold crown ornament hanging on christmas tree

  • Try clustering your ornaments in several areas to give an even look, while also allowing other decorations to be layered amongst them.
  • If you want more depth, add ribbon, garland, artificial greenery or faux branches.
  • For a nice finishing touch hang a bow or some mistletoe at the top of the tree, both of which can anchor the rest of your holiday look easily!
  • Remember, when layering Christmas tree decorations there’s no one way to do it – experiment with different color schemes, textures, and shapes to create a look that is both stunning and special!

Do you put the Ribbons or the Ornaments on the Tree First?

How you decorate your Christmas tree is a personal choice, but one thing to consider is putting the ornaments on first and then the ribbon. This tip can add more interest to your decorations since it will cover up any gaps between your Christmas tree decorations. Add the ribbon in loops, swirls, waves, and areas around the entire tree. The texture created by this technique makes it look polished while providing more depth than just filling the whole Christmas tree with ornaments. With careful planning and attention to detail, this technique promises beautiful Christmas trees that your family and friends can enjoy.

white ballerina ornament hanging on tree

How many Decorations should you put on a Tree?

Deciding how many Christmas tree decorations to put up can be difficult to decide. Do you add less or more? In past years, people have been known to over-decorate their trees and hang as many ornaments as possible. However, when it comes to creating a magical atmosphere for the festive season, a few select decorations can be just as effective. As a rule of thumb, you should aim to add enough decorations so that your Christmas tree makes an eye-catching statement, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming. Have fun and experiment with different looks to make your Christmas tree one everyone will admire!

To carry the greenery, woodland look and color throughout our home, I’ve added faux green poinsettias on my tree.

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Christmas tree with small christmas trees around it

For added interest, I’ve grouped three other small trees at the base of our larger tree.

How do you organize Christmas Decorations?

Not to rush the season but before we know it we will be talking about how you organize Christmas decorations once Christmas is over! I’ll be sharing all of my Christmas decorating organizing ideas soon. Until then, you may want to get a jump start on purchasing a few storage containers. 

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As you can see, the process of decorating your Christmas tree in layers is quite simple and straightforward. So, what did you think? Did you learn something new?

Up next, is Wendy at WM Design house, click here to check out her gorgeous tree in the most creative of tree stands. (I’ll give you a hint, a sleigh is involved.)

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16 Comments

  1. Your tree is gorgeous, Susan. I love all of the layers and textures you have going on. The variations of ribbons is so pretty. Wishing you and Andrew a very Merry Christmas.

  2. All those gorgeous layers! So beautiful, Susan! You are so good at texture and this Christmas tree is stunning! Merry Christmas, my friend!

  3. Susan, I love all of the layers and beautiful textures in your tree. It turned out stunning.

  4. You’ve created such a beautifully layered tree, Susan, full of so many gorgeous ornaments and elements! You share lots of fabulous tips for creating a lovely tree. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  5. Susan, your tree looks beautiful! So many tips and beautifully layered. So nice hopping with you, today! Merriest Christmas to you and yours!

  6. Such great tips Susan and I love all your gorgeous decor! Wow so many beautiful pieces. Love how elegant they all are.

  7. Susan, your Christmas tree is absolutely stunning! I love the color palette and all of the beautiful details! Great tree decorating tips too!

  8. Of course your tree would be the ultimate in elegance! So stunning and with such great tips. Isn’t layering always the answer? Merry Christmas Susan! Hope it’s bright and beautiful for you and yours.

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