How Many Ornaments Should You Put On Your Christmas Tree?

How many ornaments do you need for your Christmas tree? We've developed a free and simple calculator below to give you a quick and easy answer based on our decades of experience both decorating the trees in our store and helping our customers. The answer you'll get from our Christmas Ornament Calculator™ will be perfect for most customers, but if you have unusual ornament sizes or different tastes, please see our recommendations below the calculator.

Want to know how many lights to put on your tree? Find out with our Christmas Light Calculator™. And if you have a giant commercial tree over 12' tall, please see our Commercial Ornament Calculator™.

Christmas Ornament Calculator™

How many Christmas ornaments should I put on my tree*?


Christmas Tree Height in Feet (e.g., 7.5):

Christmas Tree Base Width in Feet (e.g., 4):

Recommended Number of Ornaments:


The Perfect Number of Ornaments

In our experience the average ornament size used by residential customers is between 3 and 4 inches, so our Christmas Ornament Calculator™ result is based on an average ornament size of 3.5 inches. The recommended number of ornaments will be just perfect for most people, not so many that the tree looks overloaded, but not so few that it looks sparsely decorated.

What if my ornaments are smaller?

If your ornaments are smaller than 3.5 inches on average, you should increase the number of ornaments. For example, if your ornaments are an average of 2 inches, you should multiply the recommended number of ornaments by 1.75.

What if my ornaments are bigger?

If your ornaments are larger than 3.5 inches, then you should decrease the number of ornaments. For example, if your ornaments average 5 inches, you should multiply the recommended number of ornaments by .7.

What if I want less ornaments than most people put on their Christmas tree?

If you prefer to have less ornaments on your tree compared to the average person, then you can multiply the recommended number of ornaments by the percentage you think you prefer. For example, if you think you would like only 60% of the number of ornaments that most people use, you can multiply the recommended number by .6. If you'd like 80% of what most people use, you would multiply the recommended number by .8.

What if I want more ornaments than most people put on their Christmas tree?

If you prefer to have a very heavily decorated tree, with more ornaments than most people use, you can multiply the recommended number of ornaments by the percentage you think you prefer. For example, if you prefer 30% more ornaments than most people, you can multiply the result by 1.3. If you prefer 50% more ornaments than most people, you can multiply the result by 1.5.

I'm still not sure!

If you're still not sure how many ornaments you should use, feel free to send us an email or give us a call. We'll be happy to help!

Need more ornaments for your tree?

We've got you covered! We have the biggest selection of Christmas ball ornaments you'll find anywhere, along with 6 different collections of shapes and styles we're sure you'll love.