As I’ve mentioned before, I LOVE holidays. Enough to sit down and write a whole blog about christmas music.
enough to sit down for hours and make homemade decorations for the big family gathering christmas tree.
Cinnamon Dough ornaments
Paper Chain Garland
and this monstorsity
Yup. Mr Gillis and I spent two night stringing popcorn and cranberries to create this wonderful vintage look for the tree.
So I am here to share our tips for making Popcorn and Cranberry Garland.
- Make your popcorn DAYS ahead of time. The staler, the better it seems. Open the bag right up and spread it out in a cardboard box, or big tupperware container or whatever you have, because it needs to be stale and stiff.
- Use only HARD cranberries. If there is any give, you end up with icky stained popcorn and a garland that wont last as long – which from my understanding, popcorn garland will last up to a month. Also, stab them in the blossom end.
- Get yourself some good fishing line – I got 700 yards for under 2 bucks and I’ve been steadily using it for lots of crafty things and I’ve barely made a dent.
- Use a good needle. I used an embroidery needle because it made everything easier for me. Use what works for you.
- Come up with a plan for your popcorn/cranberry order. We did 1 cranberry, 3 popcorn and repeated for 6 – 8 foot stands.
- Speaking of strands, I really recommend only doing 4-8 foot strands as they get tangled up on each other very easily.
- Have somewhere to hang your finished product if you aren’t immediately putting it up. We had like 40 feet to make for the big tree so we hung it on the back of our door to keep it safe.
Lastly, this is a messy project, so do it somewhere you wont regret later. We worked right at our kitchen table, but we live in a single wide, so we could watch tv while working. The second night we listened to christmas music. Both evenings were a nice way to spend working together.
Until next time, have a wicked good day!