Looking for better ways to store your Christmas decor? Level up your ornament storage! This TikTok hack is the secret to stress-free decorating next year.

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, 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 TikTok, 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 this DIY ornament storage trick.

Wait until you see how easy this Christmas storage idea is to do! And be sure to check out some extra Christmas tree decoration storage at the end of this post plus an update as to how well this storage method is.

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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 TikTok 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.

christmas tree ornaments storage life hack where I'm going to stop individually wrap ornaments in tissue paper

Supplies Needed for Christmas Ornament Storage

What I love about this method of storing Christmas tree ornaments, is you don’t need much to do it! Here’s what you need:

Christmas Tree Ornaments Storage Hack Directions

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

This DIY ornament storage box looks like it will work great for decor that ranges in sizes, textures, and shapes.

If you have oddly shaped and sized baubles like me, you’ll want to group similarly sized ones on the same layer in your Christmas ornament storage bins.

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

cutting the egg crate mattress to make christmas tree ornament storage hack

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  • 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 works).
  • 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 the 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 or top it off with soft ornaments so they don’t get crushed.
layering first template on top of rest of mattress to cut out more egg crate layers for the storage bin

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 inside the DIY ornament storage box.

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.

Cutting the templates in a 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.

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

Why?

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.

To avoid any risk, I suggest this DIY ornament storage hack 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.

Soft top layer of ornaments for Christmas tree ornaments storage hack with egg crate mattress pieces inside 18 gallon storage container

How Should I Store My Christmas Tree Decorations?

While it’s a matter of preference, here are some things to consider before putting your Christmas tree decorations into storage.

More Christmas Tree Decoration Storage Tips You May Not Have Thought Of

  • Store decor in clear plastic bins so you can see what’s inside.
  • Label bins 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!
My black lab dog overseeing my work with my DIY christmas tree ornament storage life hack
Koda was making sure I was doing things correctly while trying out this storage hack!
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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 tree ornaments, skirts, collars, and other decor on sale. Once you know your Christmas aesthetic, shopping for the decorations will be as easy as 1-2-3.

Not sure what your aesthetic is?

Here are 17 Christmas tree decorating ideas to consider. Oh and here’s 9 more inspiring Christmas tree-decorating ideas.

And if you want to go with a flocked Christmas tree here are some decorating ideas to that look amazing with the snow-like look!

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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.

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Update on This Christmas Tree Ornament Storage Hack

I just finished decorating this very tree after storing my ornaments with this hack that I found on TikTok. And it could not be easier to decorate my tree!

The ornaments were unboxed in perfect condition and we decorated the tree much faster because there was no unwrapping involved.

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

Looking for better ways to store your Christmas tree ornaments? Wait until you see this cool storage hack that I found on Tik Tok!
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time30 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
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Author: Stacy Ling
Cost: $30

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Instructions

  • 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).
    cutting the egg crate mattress but using storage bin as the template
  • 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.
    egg crates for christmas tree ornament storage hack
  • Lay the first layer down on the bottom of the storage bin.
    christmas tree ornament storage life hack tik tok made me do it
  • Arrange like-sized Christmas tree ornaments on the mattress pad until the layer is full.
    start first row of egg crate mattress on bottom of storage bin then start layering ornaments
  • Then lay the next layer down and repeat the process until the storage bin is full.
    fill a layer with ornaments of roughly same size shape and width on egg crate mattess in storage bin
  • When you reach the top, either top it off with another layer or top it off with soft ornaments so they don't get crushed.
    christmas tree ornament storage hack

More About DIY Christmas Ornament Storage Ideas

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Don’t Want to DIY Christmas Storage Bins?

If you’d rather not make your own Christmas ornament storage bins, I curated a list of premade ornament organizer ideas that I use for my vintage Christmas tree ornaments. You can check out my curated list here.

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  1. Any worries about the egg crate mattress pad decomposing or offgassing if your decorations are stored in the attic or garage where it gets hot in the summer?

    1. Hi Amy! I’m not worried about it and the Tik Toker who shared it said she’d been storing her decorations this way for several years. I will update the post next year when I pull them out and let you know for sure because that is a very good question!

      1. Thank you so much for this idea! I have a lot of very old ornaments from when I was a child and a lot that my children made when they were growing up. I feel this would be a perfect solution instead of just bunching them up in a box.

    1. Thanks Paula! After wrapping and moving the last thing I wanted to do again was individually wrap stuff. I love this idea and really wanted to try it! Happy New Year!!! xo

  2. Love this idea! I have an old ornament organizer but have long run out of space for all the ornaments so I individually wrap them as well. Need to try this method next year! Pinned!

  3. Stacy,
    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. I’m pinning for next year and sharing on my dirt road adventures.

  4. This is life-changing! I need to do this hack after Christmas this year. Thanks for sharing. Pinned!

  5. I love this practical and smart approach for ornament storage. It looks like it’s a space saver too! Great post Stacy!!

  6. What a great idea Stacy! This is such a great solution to the nightmare I usually have when wrapping up my ornaments again for another year.

  7. Okay, I haven’t seen this until now, and it is a game changer Stacy! No more individually wrapped ornaments? Yes please!!
    Thank you so much for sharing and cannot wait to try it out.
    xoxo,
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