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  1. 2017 tinsel collection

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    festive-british-made-tinsel-collection-1Tinsel remains our flagship product in 2017. Made from metallised PVC, our British made tinsel is constantly evolving and modernising to satisfy increasing demand. Whilst our traditional pieces (red/green/gold/silver fine cut/chunky tinsel) remain in our 2017 range due to their continuing success, many novelties in our tinsel collection are to be noted.

    Trendy colours

    This year, red, green, gold, silver, white, and purple are joined by fashionable tones. Our high-quality tinsel comes in sophisticated metallic shades and delightful blue tones. Whilst matt champagne, bronze, and matt silver symbolise refinement, powder blue, teal, and mint blue, inspiring calm, are perfect to create a winter wonderland scenery. In 2017, colours are also mixed to create unbelievable harmonies.

    Colours come with different finishes too. Not only can tinsel be glossy and matt, the Christmas must-have looks amazing when produced with holographic and embossed effects.1

    1. 200cm x 7.5cm fine cut tinsel – matt champagne (P015294)

    2. 200cm x 10cm chunky tinsel – powder blue (P015290)

    3. 200cm copper / bronze diamond garland (P010404)

    4. 200cm teal wavy tinsel (P010398)

    Unique shapes

    Although our fine cut and chunky tinsel pieces are extremely popular, we are introducing new kinds of garlands. We propose stunning wavy tinsel pieces. The twinkling and colourful bands, cut and attached to a sturdy wire in our state-of-the-art machines, are slightly curled, giving a modern and stylish look to our tinsel.

    Moreover, we have garlands composed of superb large fern leaves. Amongst our most original tinsel pieces, 2017 sees the appearance of crinkle loop and spiral bubble garlands, which will get anyone into a festive mood.2

    1. 200cm red wavy tinsel ( P010395)

    2. 200cm x 14cm large fern leaf – dark aglan (P015073)

    3. 200cm silver crinkle loop garland (P010890)

    4. 200cm red / green spiral bubble garland (P010418)

    Atypical items

    Whilst snowmen and penguins, made of sparkly tinsel, are happily staying in Festive, tinsel bands are also used to make loop chains, wavy cut pull out garlands, and spiral twists in 2017. Tinsel stars and poinsettias serve to merrily enliven delightful wire pieces. Our new wreaths and Christmas cone trees are composed of tinsel holly leaves, poms, and snowflakes shapes.3

    1. 240cm Christmas loop chain multi (P010893)

    2. 150cm x 10cm gold wavy cut pull out garland (P010389)

    3. 200cm lilac spiral twist garland (P010401)


    1. 45cm multi snowflake tinsel wreath (P010902)

    2. 750cm red wire star garland (P010907)

    3. 45cm large multi pom cone tinsel tree (P010903)

  2. Festive in print… Daily Mail – December 2016

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    3At Festive, we are always happy to reveal the fabrication process of our twinkling and colourful tinsel. This year, we have welcomed photographers so they could show the work of our staff in the tinsel factory.

    These pictures can be seen on the Daily Mail website. As the popular website highlights, Festive is the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK. During our busiest time (May to November), 650,000ft of sparkly tinsel are produced per month, and 130 seasonal jobs are created.


    Our tinsel is made from metallised polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is cut into bands. These strips are then attached to a solid wire thanks to a machine resembling a candy-floss maker.

    Festive tinsel is sold to retail shops, high street stores, and garden centres, in the UK and abroad.


    Festive Productions was founded in 1983. 11 years after, our company attended its first trade show. In 2017, Festive will be at Harrogate Christmas & Gift Fair, from Sunday 8th to Wednesday 11th January (stand: C1), and at NEC Spring Fair, from Sunday 5th February to Thursday 9th February (stands: 2E30 – F31).

    Our showrooms in Cwmbran, exhibiting our 2017 collection, are now open.


    Here is the full Daily Mail article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4022522/Inside-Welsh-factory-produces-650-000-ft-Christmas-decoration-MONTH.html

  3. Real vs artificial trees

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    Every year, the festive season gives life to a passionate debate about real and artificial trees. Both kinds come with great benefits as well as disadvantages. Here is a brief comparison.


    Although real trees amazingly appear thick and full, they are difficult to place in a house due to their huge size and girth. Whilst artificial trees, made of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and/or PE (polyethylene), used to look very phony, they now look increasingly realistic. Also, the range of synthetic trees is immense! You can find any types of firs, pines, and spruces.


    Real trees smell wonderfully! However, this smell can be very inconvenient for those who are allergic to it. Artificial conifers do not come with any smell, but they can get the real woodland scent thanks to ingenious perfumed sticks supplied by Festive, ScentSicles. Placed on your tree, these fragrant batons will make your synthetic tree smell like cinnamon, snow berry, orange or winter fir.


    Artificial tree are cheaper than real trees. Indeed, PVC, which is a cheap material, make Christmas trees affordable for everyone. Besides, contrary to real conifers, synthetic trees can be kept for years as they are storable. So, if you choose to have a real tree, you will have to buy a new one every year.


    Real trees require constant maintenance as they can rapidly dry out and lose their needles. Artificial trees do not need to be watered and their resistant needles rarely fall off. Also, their smooth needles make decorating easier and more fun!


    Whilst PVC and PE, non-renewable materials, cannot be recycled, millions of trees are cut down in the US and Europe each year. The impact of real and synthetic trees seem to be relatively the same. Nevertheless, artificial conifers, unlike real trees, can be reused multiple times, limiting their negative effects on the planet.

    As a result, artificial trees, which have seen their popularity dramatically grow these last few years, appear to be an excellent choice to spend a delightful and relaxing Christmas whilst saving money.


    Differences between PVC and PE trees

    PVC trees are cheaper than PE conifers.

    PE trees look more realistic than PVC conifers.

    PE is particularly used for the tips so trees look more natural. PVC is utilised so trees have a thick and full appearance.


  4. The Evolution of Tinsel

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    Giant red bubble loop (160297) / Silver die cut star tinsel (161775) / Raspberry/Iris tipped tinsel (P008647) / Die cut red/green dragon tinsel (830244) / Double tie cut star tinsel (266289)

    Tinsel, referring to thin twinkling bands, is often seen as an indispensable item to bring some sparkle to Christmas trees, doors, walls, stairs, or fireplaces. This gleaming and cheery product possesses an incredible history punctuated by an intensive quest for lower production costs and safety imperatives.

    Tinsel was invented in 1610, in Nuremberg. The glimmering must-have was first introduced to reflect the candle lights ornamenting Christmas trees. Tinsel was mostly created from silver cut into thin strands, making the sparkly product very expensive to produce and to buy. Only the wealthy fringe of society could proudly get tinsel to enchant their Christmas with exceptional glow. Silver, which also tended to tarnish when in contact with hot lights, started being replaced by cheaper metals, such as copper and tin. Metallic tinsel survived until the 20th century.


    Red tinsel prelit cone tree (659531) / Holly pine/red tinsel prelit tree (268528) / Lime green prelit cone tree (659524)

    When World War I started, the demand for copper dramatically rose, creating a shortage for the tinsel industry. Manufacturers had to change their strategy to keep production costs low. As a result, tinsel, which was predominantly made in Lyon (France) at the time, became aluminium-based. However, aluminium generated more fire scares than cheerful moments. Faced with life threatening issues, manufacturers tried to make tinsel from tin and lead. But the tinsel produced was too heavy and of poor quality due to the strips disgracefully falling apart.

    In 1950s, lead was used by most of the tinsel industry to make gleeful and shining layers. A decade later, this cheap material was suspected of causing poisoning, especially amongst children. Lead completely disappeared from the tinsel production in 1972.


    Holly pine/gold prelit tinsel wreath (268542) / Clear/gold tinsel wreath with black tips (P008731)

    Today, tinsel is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC). To obtain shiny effects, the PVC base is metallised before being cut into delightful bands. These stripes are then spun in a drum so that they firmly stick to a wire. This technique, mastered by Festive, is key to create high quality tinsel.


    Tinsel snowman wall plaque (P004310) / Large tinsel penguin wall plaque (P004306)

    Festive is the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK. Every year, from January to November, Festive produces 14 million metres of tinsel, enough to go around the world every two years! With 35 state-of-the-art tinsel machines and 3 dye cut machines, Festive creates original and superior tinsel whose thickness varies from 25mm and 250mm. In addition to making tinsel garlands, Festive also produces tinsel wreaths, hats, stockings, plaques, and trees designed to brilliantly enhance your Christmas party.

    41Twinkling tinsel decorations: cheery wreaths, adorable mini trees, jovial snowmen, gleeful Santa hats, and delightful stockings to be filled with wonderful goodies.

    dscf0076The realm of sparkly and colourful tinsel garlands!

    42Shining tinsel trees to create a festive and funky ambiance in your home this Christmas.

    20140206_092202Ingenious machine used by Festive to make high quality tinsel.

    s2Lively and shiny tinsel stockings (P004300) designed to welcome fantastic treats!



  5. Festive in print… The Lady Magazine – December 2015

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    In December 2015, Festive had the pleasure to welcome Melonie Clarke, journalist for the prestigious Lady Magazine. Melonie had the privilege to learn the well-kept secrets surrounding our colourful and shiny tinsel, essential to merrily embellish any Christmas tree.

    Arrived in our enchanting tinsel realm, Melonie learnt that Festive has been producing tinsel since 1983. Festive is now the largest tinsel manufacturer in the UK, with 12 million metres successfully produced every year! Our lively and sparkly tinsel is sold to renowned supermarkets, garden centres, and shops, in the UK and abroad.1

    Melonie was extremely interested in discovering the fabrication process of our tinsel. So, we took her to our factory where our 35 powerful and state-of-the-art machines are frenetically running to make high quality tinsel. She even had the chance to try one of our machines!

    Melonie learnt that at Festive, we use metallised PVC imported from China to make our gleeful tinsel. Once cut by our machines, the special PVC is attached to a solid metal wire. In total, this operation lasts between 4min30 and 17. Generally, each piece of tinsel produced by Festive measures 24 metres, and the thickness of each varies between 25mm to 250mm.

    Festive tinsel can be composed of 8 colours and comes in different shapes thanks to dye machines cutting the tinsel in funky and original patterns, such as hearts, snowflakes, or even kangaroos!2

    Melonie was impressed by the immense popularity of tinsel, requiring Festive to remain open 24/7 from May to November in order to keep up with the tremendous demand during this period and provide the UK and the world with the best Christmas must-have!


  6. Festive on The Express

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    In December 2014, the internationally renowned British newspaper, The Express stopped at our headquarters in Cwmbran to visit our marvellous tinsel domain. The prestigious media outlet had the exceptional opportunity to learn more about our tinsel production.

    The Express found out with true astonishment that Festive is one of the largest tinsel manufacturers in the world, producing 148, 750 metres per month. Every year, Festive makes 12 million metres of twinkling and colourful tinsel, primarily used to enliven Christmas trees. Created from January to November, our high quality tinsel is successfully sold to prominent supermarkets, shops, and garden centres in the UK and abroad. The Express was particularly amazed to learn that during peak times, the factory has to stay open 24/7 to keep up with the endlessly increasing demand.


    During the tour in our tinsel realm, we happily revealed to The Express our fabrication process. We proudly showed the newspaper our 35 tinsel machines before explaining that our shiny Tinsel is made from metallised PVC, which is then firmly attached to a metal wire. One piece of Festive tinsel can be composed of up to 9 colours, whilst the best sellers are red, gold, and silver.

    Festive tinsel is also known for its originality as the tinsel comes in superb funky shapes. Indeed, with our 4 state-of-the-art die cut machines, our tinsel can take the form of the adorable Hello Kitty, or any football clubs’ badges, which amused The Express.


    To read the article, please click here.

  7. Festive on BBC’s ‘The One Show’

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    Last year BBC’s ‘The One Show’ came to see how tinsel was made at Festive Productions Ltd


    man spinning and cutting tinsel on measuring machine on the one show

    See Festive productions on the one show, see how tinsel is made

    Don’t mean to brag, but we are the biggest manufacturer of tinsel in the UK. We have 35 state of the art tinsel machines that produce over 18 million meters of tinsel every year, that’s enough to go from our offices in South Wales to Sydney and Back!

    We also produce licensed tinsel, whether it’s Hello Kitty, Kirstie Allsopp or own brand bespoke tinsel for various high profile clients.

    Last year Justin from The One Show came to visit our site and see how tinsel is made by the professionals. tinsel production specialist, Jason Poulsom, showed Justin how, using PVC film, tinsel is made.

    Our tinsel machines use a spinning motion, much like a candy floss machine, to get the tinsel together with a thin wire.

    The presenter from the one show is being shown how tinsel is made by Jason

    Jason showing Justin from BBC’s The One Show how tinsel is made

    Read Justin’s blog from BBC’s ‘The One Show’ here.



  8. Kirstie Allsopp Christmas Collection!

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    Kirstie came to visit our stand at the Spring Fair in 2013 and from there we have signed a license agreement to sell Kirstie branded decorations including British made tinsel.

    Kirstie said ” one of the best things I learned in 2013 is that tinsel is made in Wales, there is nothing that can’t be improved for Christmas with tinsel”

    The Kirstie Allsopp branded range including tinsel can be viewed at our UK trade shows, showrooms and via your field sales manager.
    For more details call 01633 627 300