Tinsel Application and Safety Tips

Tinsel seems like a relatively easy Christmas decoration to apply because all you need to do is pull it out of the bag and throw it over the tree, right? Not quite. Even though you’ll probably have a lot of fun hanging the tinsel on your Christmas tree this year, there are a few important considerations that can ensure a great look and maximum safety for everyone in the home.

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1. Hanging Tinsel Low

It’s pretty, sparkly and lights up your tree with a magical aura that really brings your decor to life. This dramatic effect might make you just want to hang tinsel on everything in the home, but this can be dangerous when pets and young children are around.¬†Never¬†hang tinsel on the lower half of your Christmas tree, since this increases the risk of a pet or child accidentally ingesting or choking on a piece of the material. Although tinsel seems harmless, a child or pet ingesting the material could be fatal, so it’s crucial that you keep tinsel out of the reach of your four-legged friends and crawling children.

2. Clean Under the Tree Daily

Part of what makes tinsel so beautiful is how it elegantly hangs on fragile branches of the Christmas tree. Naturally, this effect often leads to fallen decorations on a daily basis. Something as simple as shutting the front door too hard can cause several pieces to fall to the floor. Always keep a broom and portable vacuum near your tree, and encourage everyone in the home to sweep and vacuum beneath the tree whenever they see tinsel on the ground. This not only ensures a neat appearance, but also prevents choking hazards.

3. Opt for Tinsel Garland

If you don’t want to deal with the extra maintenance of loose tinsel, choose tinsel garlands instead for a simpler, safer and more secure decorative option. Tinsel garlands can be strung around the Christmas tree or made into a wreath for a more stylistically versatile alternative to traditional wreaths. You can even hang tinsel garlands around door frames or weave them around decorative table centerpieces for a fun and festive look.

4. Customize Your Application

As Aimee Mann once sang, “And on the tree all the ornaments glow/ Tinsel will cover where the branches don’t grow.” If you’ve got a thinner tree with sparse branches that shed frequently, it’s appropriate, even necessary, to use tinsel in abundance. However, if your tree is already exceptionally full, tinsel might just make your tree look gaudy and over the top. Even if you’re a tinsel addict, try to regulate your application according to the unique size and shape of your tree for the best effect.

Safety should be your number one priority when hanging tinsel this year. However, this doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice a look you love just to protect little ones from the choking hazard of this thin material. Think creatively when applying your tinsel and take all measures possible to secure the tinsel to the tree. One good way to do this is by applying spray adhesive to the tree before draping the tinsel over to keep it from falling on the floor. Thread and tape are also good measures for keeping your decor in place for both safety and style.