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How is Tinsel Made?

It’s one of the world’s favourite Christmas trimmings, we add it to our Christmas trees or hang separately in their own festive displays, perhaps in window displays, or around home furnishings. It’s such a versatile decoration as it’s available in a rainbow of colours, shapes, styles and lengths so tinsel is great for all kinds of Christmas décor!


Tinsel is one of those items where we wonder “how is it made?”
Well now we can let you in on a true British secret.

Our fantastic tinsel items come from a factory here in the UK! Tinsel manufacturing began in Wales over 25 years ago after a brand named ‘Festive’ purchased two tinsel machines from Germany. Since the early days ‘Festive’ have become one of the premium Tinsel brands and now produce over £3 million worth of Tinsel every Christmas.


The ‘Festive’ tinsel factory is one of the few remaining Christmas manufacturing companies in Europe. During their peak season they employ more than 100 people, and produce 80,000 metres of tinsel in just 24 hours! That’s enough tinsel to go around the world and back several times!


Tinsel that comes from China can spend weeks stuffed inside boxes and suffers from the heat and moisture once loaded into a container. This means the quality of the tinsel can be reduced by the time it reaches us in UK.

By manufacturing here in the UK, ‘Festive’ are able to eliminate the above risk. They are also able to reproduce a whole range of colours and styles, including all core and fashion colours. The raw material used to make the tinsel originates in Europe so can be easily obtained and cross matched to pantone colours.


Tinsel can also be incorporated into other products, many of which we stock on our UK Christmas World website! Why not add our Holly Pine and Tinsel Wreath to your Christmas displays this festive season? This decoration also comes complete with lights, so all you have to do is pop in your batteries and enjoy! Made with traditional festive colours this item is ideal for all kinds of homes and décor.

How about adding a tinsel decoration to the outside of your home with one of our Silhouette decorations. Our Giant Tinsel Santa with Sleigh Silhouette would be a fantastic choice to add some character to your home and garden this Christmas! This mains powered decoration is covered with lovely bright lights so is a decoration to enjoy during both the day and night time!

Greet passers-by with another of our wonderful Silhouette decorations like the Merry Christmas Tinsel Motif. Covered with 85 multi coloured, long life LED lights, your outdoor decoration will illuminate your home nicely during the festive season. This decoration can be easily attached to a wall, fence or outside of your home, so you will be away enjoying it in no time at all!

Tinsel can also come in tree form! We love this Pre Lit Holly and Gold Tinsel Cone Tree that will fit into any traditional Christmas display nicely. This tree comes with a multi-function controller so you can set the lights to the function you wish. This product looks stunning at night time as the 160 LED lights softly glow. It is also made from quality ‘Festive’ tinsel mentioned previously!

How about topping your Christmas tree with a tinsel decoration? We think this Tinsel Star Tree Topper with Bells would look fantastic with a red, green and gold colour scheme. A perfectly traditional addition to your festive display this season.

Here at UK Christmas World we are proud to stock what we reckon is the best tinsel in the world, made in Wales.

To view our entire range of tinsel products, head over to our UK Christmas World website to stock up in time for Christmas!

Also check out this interesting video to get a little insight into how the ‘Festive’ tinsel factory works:


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