How To Make a Popcorn-Cranberry Garland For Your Christmas Tree
A tapestry needle
Heavy-duty sewing thread, waxed dental floss, or fishing wire
Narrow-gauge floral wire
Make or buy popcorn. Then leave it out for a day or two to get stale—fresh
popcorn breaks too easily for stringing. If you’re using microwave popcorn,
choose one with no butter and no salt.
Day-old air-popped popcorn works best.
Thread the needle with heavy-duty sewing thread, waxed dental floss,
or fishing wire. Tie a fat knot at the other end of the string.
Wear old clothes and put down drop cloths
before you begin stringing. Cranberry juice can stain.
Alternate stringing fresh cranberries with popcorn, taking care to push
the needle straight through the center of each piece. Carefully pull
each one to the knotted end of the thread before stringing the next
Make popcorn-cranberry decorations by stringing
cranberries and popcorn directly onto narrow-gauge floral wire,
then twisting the wire into a ball or another shape.
the lights first
Arrange the lights on the tree before hanging the garland. Ornaments
come last, after the garland.
Drape the garland loosely on the tree branches, starting from the top,
keeping it well away from lights. Use about nine feet of garland for
each foot of your tree.
If you compost, add the cranberries and popcorn when you take down your
Popcorn-cranberry garlands hanging from a
Christmas tree may prove tempting to pets. Be sure to place them
out of reach.