Does anyone save or repurpose the tinsel from a Christmas tree?

by Ticia
For the first time in decades since we don't have a cat any more, we put 'tinsel' on our tree. Now that it's being dismantled, what can be done with that stuff and/or is it worth saving? thanks

  9 answers
  • Doris Stacey Doris Stacey on Jan 16, 2018

    I always save mine.

  • Ken Ken on Jan 16, 2018

    If you cannot save for reuse on the tree next year, it is somewhat less useful than used plastic wrap.

  • Hel32439006 Hel32439006 on Jan 17, 2018

    o my. do they still make and sell that stuff

  • Linda Van Ginkel Olsen Linda Van Ginkel Olsen on Jan 17, 2018

    I have saved it by taking it off strand by strand and hanging it smoothly over my hand then moving it to a piece of cardboard (this was when I was starving college student. However, my sister turned me on to using curling ribbon rather than tinsel on my tree. It really adds a warm, old fashioned feel, and the ribbon can just be stashed in a plastic bag to use the next year.

    • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Jan 17, 2018

      I like curling ribbon and this sounds like another great use for it! Thanks.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Jan 17, 2018

    You can put it in a basket as filler for gift baskets.

  • Bbunny42 Bbunny42 on Jan 17, 2018

    Or just leave it on the tree for next year.

  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Jan 18, 2018

    Wrap the tinsel around a piece of cardboard and put into a large plastic bag, place in your ornament box for next year.

  • Mogie Mogie on Aug 12, 2023

    Collect it in neat strands and store it for use next year. Take a small piece of cardboard to hang the tinsel over, then secure with a loose ribbon or string so it doesn't become dented. Place the strands in a zip-top bag and you'll be all set for bringing back this tradition for many years to come.

  • I haven't used it in years, but I never saved it.