Christmas Tree Ornament Storage Hack (Tik Tok Made Me Do It!)

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Looking for better ways to store your Christmas tree ornaments? Wait until you see this cool storage hack that I found on Tik Tok!

With lots of Christmas tree ornament storage ideas out there, how do you store your ornaments?

I’ve been individually wrapping mine in tissue paper, paper towels, and packing paper for years in 20-gallon storage containers.

It’s worked and served me well for several years, but after moving this year, I am totally over individually wrapping and unwrapping stuff!

Since I already have several of these huge storage bins, I didn’t want to buy more storage bins.

Use what you already have, am I right?

One day, while I was scrolling Tik Tok, someone shared this Christmas tree ornament storage life hack.

And I thought it was brilliant.

Particularly if you have oddly shaped ornaments of all different sizes like me.

It looked a little less time-consuming in the long run.

So I decided to try it.

Wait until you see how easy this is to do!

And be sure to check out some extra Christmas tree decoration storage at the end of this post.

Before This Storage Hack

Christmas Tree Ornament Storage Hack

Every year, I spend SO MUCH TIME individually wrapping and unwrapping ornaments.

I know it’s not the best way to maintain them, but seriously, I’ve been storing Christmas baubles like this for years.

It’s worked for me but it is really time-consuming.

Anyway, I saw someone on Tik Tok share her life hack for storing Christmas tree ornaments and I was blown away!

This method is SO much easier.

I can use what I have.

And I only needed to purchase one item to make the life hack work.

What You Need

Supplies Needed

  • Oversized storage containers (whatever size you have)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Egg crate mattress pad (I used hospital bed size)
Make a Template

How to Store Your Christmas Tree Ornaments

To do this storage hack, we’ll be storing Christmas tree ornaments in layers with the egg crate mattress pad serving as the base.

If you have oddly shaped and sized ornaments like me, you’ll want to group similarly sized ornaments together on the same layer.

And all we need to do is make a template so we can cut each base layer.

  • It’s best if you trace around the bottom of the bin with a sharpie to get a more precise measurement of the layer.
  • I skipped this step and instead, flipped the lid over, eyeballed it, and cut around it. (This method is not as accurate but still worked).
  • Whichever way you decide to do it, once you have your template, layer it on top of the egg crate mattress and cut the rest up.
  • Lay the first layer down on bottom of the storage bin.
  • Arrange like-sized Christmas tree ornaments on the mattress pad until the layer is full.
  • Then lay the next layer down and repeat the process until the storage bin is full.
  • When you reach the top, either top it off with another layer of
Cut Rest Of Layers From The Template.

Christmas Tree Ornament Storage Hack Observations

What I like about this method is the ornaments stay in place and don’t move around.

Plus they are protected by each layer from damaging one another.

Using the hospital bed size egg crate mattress pad, I was able to cut 8 layers which were more than I needed for one storage bin, so I used them with 2 storage bins.

Put Down First Layer in Bin Bottom.

Cutting the templates in the less precise way meant my sizing was off, but it still worked.

Sidenote: I did not store glass balls or mercury ornaments this way because I don’t have that many and wouldn’t have enough to create a full, even layer.

The ones I have, I wrapped up with tissue paper and placed carefully on a top layer.

Add Similarly Dimension Ornaments.

If I had more glass ball ornaments, I would prefer storing them in something like THIS or continue to individually wrap them as I’ve been doing.


Because I’m not sure if the foam used to make the egg crate mattress would damage the glass or mercury ornaments while in storage.

Then Add Next Layer.
Repeat Process Until Bin is Full.

To avoid any risk, I suggest this method be used for other types of ornaments made from fabric, wood, resin, or plastic.

If you have stored your glass ball or mercury ornaments this way, let me know in the comments how it worked for you.

When I neared the top layer, I reserved my softer ornaments to put on top before the lid so there was a protective layer on top.

Because I had a few extra layers of mattress pad, I wanted to used them in a second storage bin.

Next year, when I take the ornaments out and put them away, it will go much faster than having them individually wrapped.


How Should I Store My Christmas Tree Decorations?

More Christmas Tree Decorations Storage Tips

  • Store decor in clear plastic bins so you can see what’s inside.
  • Label bins really well so you know what’s in them.
  • Save those toilet and paper towel cardboard rolls to wrap Christmas or fairy lights around.
  • Remove batteries from lights or other decor items to preserve the battery component. Batteries can corrode while in storage.
  • Keep all of your holiday decor stored together so it’s easier to find next year!
Koda was making sure I was doing things correctly while trying out this storage hack!

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Adding a new tree or are you looking to change things up for next year?

Now is a great time to purchase Christmas decor on sale.

Here are 17 Christmas tree decorating ideas to consider.

And If You Want to Buy a Faux Christmas Tree?

After 23 years of decorating live trees, my husband and I chose to go with faux last year.

And we could not be happier with the trees we purchased!

They are easy up and easy down in a matter of minutes with little fuss.

I shared some of my faux favorites HERE.

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DIY Christmas Decorations

For more festive decor projects, discover Hometalk's ultimate list of 70+ easy-to-make DIY Christmas ornaments and Hometalk's guide on how to store Christmas decorations.

Suggested materials:
  • Storage Bin   (Home Improvement Store)
  • Sharp Scissors   (Craft Store)
  • Egg Crate Mattress   (Home Store)
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  • WHY didn't you tell me about this last week when I was taking down my trees??!!!! Great idea...remind me next Christmas please!!

  • Carmela Carmela on Jan 25, 2022

    I love this idea (and your dog!) but I keep my boxes of ornaments in the garage and it can get humid in the summer. Would the "egg crate" get stinky or moldy if humidity got to it?

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  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Jan 23, 2022

    I have my very delicate glass bulbs since 1961, 13 moves and 4 boys..Only 2 of my ornaments have been broken, a teapot with handle and a horn...I still have the boxes ornaments came in..All from Germany. They have dividers and i just put the bulbs back in boxes, put in plastic bags and tape..Sit them neatly on shelves in hardly used closed along with other Christmas items..Not a chore and eliminates the big bulky storage boxes..But...this is me...Tree goes up in a flash and I still decorate each year, even tho children are at a distance and rarely comes to my house for Christmas, but is up always in case?!? Happy holidays to all this coming 2022 and remember the moments!

  • Lin18455681 Lin18455681 on Jan 26, 2022

    I will try this but I also thinking 🤔 about using old pillows material to store the ornaments safely, I always have those around.