Bright Idea! | How to String Holiday Tree Lights

Tangly cords? Pine needle punctures? Skip the mess and the injuries with these step-by-step instructions to help you string tree lights with ease.

What You’ll Need:

  • Artificial tree
  • About 1500 tree lights (for a mid-size tree)



  1. Take your tree apart and start with the bottom layer, in the back of the tree.

Pro-Tip: Plug in your tree lights before you start to make sure all lights work.

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2. Begin in the center of the branches. Tightly loop string lights around the entire branch until you reach the end of the branch.  

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3. Then, wrap the lights around the three points at the end of the branch.

Pro-Tip: Make sure a light matches up with the tips of each branch.   .    

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4.  Then, wrap the lights around the branch again to return to the center of the tree.    

Repeat wrapping for each branch, working clockwise, row by row.      

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5. Once the bottom layer is complete, start a new strand of lights on the next section of the tree. That will let you easily store your tree with the lights still on once the holidays are over. 


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6. Finish decorating and enjoy your beautifully lit tree!

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