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Guide to Wrapping Trees with Lights

Looking to stop traffic this holiday season? Wrapping your trees in festive lights is an easy way to make your outdoor space simply magical.



How Many Lights for Wrapping Trees?

Before you get started, there are some basic measurements that you need to take into consideration. YES – There IS math involved!:) You will need to measure the circumference of the tree trunk, as well as the circumference and count of any branches you wish to wrap with lights. Then decide as to how much spacing you want both between each light bulb on the string, as well as how far apart you plan to wrap the light strings.

Christmas mini lights with 4″ bulb spacing are popular for wrapping trunks and branches, with an average spacing of 2-3″ between strings. Divide height by desired string spacing, multiply total by circumference to calculate total string length needed.

Here’s a great example: we have a 4’H trunk that measures 2′ in circumference, and we plan to wrap four of the stronger branches, which measure 3’L and 6″ in circumference. Use this equation to learn how to wrap a tree with lights:

  • 4’H trunk / 3″ spacing = 16 x 2′ circumference = 32′ of lighting
  • 3’L branch / 3″ spacing = 12 x 6″ circumference = 6′ of lighting per branch
  • Total lighted feet will be approximately 56′ for the trunk and four branches

Of course, we are fans of the “more lights, the better” mindset, so feel free to add as many stunning lights as your big Christmas heart desires!

PRO TIP: Start With a Ball of Lights

Starting with a ball of lights is much easier, as the lights tend to stay untangled. Begin at the base of the tree, with the male end of the plug and wrap around the tree working your way up. Begin wrapping the tree upwards, connecting the male end with the next light string’s female end. Wrap the lights firmly, but not too tight. You can also use our high-quality zip cords to secure the lights if need be. When you reach the branches, you will want to increase the vertical spacing of strings on branches where light strings will be wrapped up and back down. You don’t need to wrap all of the branched, and you only need to go about ¾ of the way up a branch for maximum effect.