Rethink Your Stance on Tinsel: New Ways to Use It You Haven’t Thought Of

published Dec 11, 2017
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We may not think of Christmas decor as something particularly faddish or trendy, but certain looks in holiday decor come and go, and even certain items. Case in point: tinsel garland, which used to be a common sight on Christmas trees, now seems a bit dated. But I can’t help thinking that tinsel garland deserves a comeback. It’s pretty, it’s shiny, and it’s incredibly budget-friendly—one of the cheapest Christmas decorations you can buy. We went hunting for stylish ways to use this inexpensive material, and were pleasantly surprised by what we found.

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Swags of tinsel garland hung on the wall, as in this image from Lay Baby Lay, can turn any set of frames into a festive display.

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A tiny bit of tinsel garland, stuffed inside a clear glass ball ornament, looks like a million bucks for only a few minutes of work. Find out how from Aunt Peaches.

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A bit of tinsel garland, festooned with colorful ornaments, is almost as good as a Christmas tree (and takes up way less space). Seen on Rockett St. George.

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I’m sure you’ve seen tinsel hung on a tree, but using it to spell out letters, like these from A Bubbly Life, takes things to the next level. These would be great for a festive holiday message, or even a birthday decoration.

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Why not use tinsel garland to decorate packages? It looks especially nice when matched to the wrapping paper, as in this example from Cox & Cox, via Livingly.

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Simply draped over a chalkboard, this gold tinself garland spotted on Garvin and Co. makes for an elegant and simple party decoration.