Are you looking for a clever Christmas tree decorating hack this year? Look no further! Gone are the days where you hang one measly Christmas bulb at a time.
This ornament hack will combine your bulbs into a beautiful trio on the tree branch, making your tree look festive as well as professional all season long. You can also use this zip tie Christmas ornament hack to create ornament grouping perfect for DIY Christmas wreaths and other Christmas projects to help really bulk up the look.
Easy Ornament Clusters
The best part about this Christmas hack is that you can use really inexpensive ornaments to make your tree look fuller a lot quicker.
Instead of needing to buy and add boxes and boxes of ornaments, you can group them into a set of three and spread around the tree, leaving space for wide ribbons, garland, or mesh.
To get started, you need
- Ornaments – 3 needed for every “cluster”
- Zip Ties
- Ornament Hooks or Twist Ties
Use Zip Ties to Combine Ornaments
This Christmas idea uses zip ties to easily combine ornaments by the loop and connect into a patter of 3.
To get started, first decide the SIZE of zip ties by checking out the loop on the end of Christmas bulb.
Some ornaments are smaller than others and require tinier width zip ties to insert. We keep a large bottle of zip ties that have varying sizes in the house (Walmart $10 or (affiliate link) over on amazon $9) .
You won’t need to consider length as much as overall width.
Test a bulb by inserting zip tie.
If it inserts easily and has excess tie, move forward by adding 3 bulbs to the tie.
Now zip tie the ornaments, but do not tie them too tight yet.
Add ornament hook OR twist tie through the zip tie and then finish tightening the tie.
Trim any excess length.
Wreath or Tree Ornament Grouping
You can use this ornament grouping technique to simple hang bulbs on a tree or build DIY a wreath with some bulk to it.
When you go to hang your ornaments, you will need to adjust the bulbs to hang FORWARD versus straight down for the best look. This may mean (on fake trees) bending the limb a bit and connected the ornament for a forward facing grouping.
If you have a fresh live tree, a twist tie may work best to secure ornaments to the tree securely.
Here is our tree with some of the groupings but without any other decorations yet (like ribbons) so you can see how full the ornament areas look.
Now just imagine this tree fully decorated with red mesh or ribbons!
This technique also works great to turn your bulbs into a custom mickey mouse ornament! Just use one larger bulb and two smaller ones as the “ears”.
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~Trisha and Charlotte