Cranberry Garland Holiday D-I-Y

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PHOTO: Jessica Downey

Creating a simple Christmas

Creating a popcorn and cranberry garland is a fun tradition to do with a group, especially children. This fun activity brings back a simpler time when the focus of the holiday decorating was as much about family togetherness as it was decking the halls.

Want to try to make your own? If so, make it an experience – something the family can do together, that will make for fond memories. This is a great project to do while listening to Christmas carols or watching a favorite holiday classic.

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PHOTO: Jessica Downey

Materials and Tools Needed

  • Stale Popcorn
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Heavyweight sewing needle. supervise children
  • Heavyweight sewing thread. Waxed floss is best

Stringing Garland
PHOTO: Jessica Downey


Prepare and lay out long lengths of thread. Tie a knot at one end, and thread the other end through the needle. The individual segments can be tied together when you’re finished, but be sure to leave a couple inches of thread at the end to tie each portion together. Push the needle through the cranberry and slide it down the length of the thread to the knotted end. Then do the same with a piece of popcorn. Alternate popcorn and cranberries until the segment is finished. It can be random, or if desired, you can get creative and make your own pattern. Lastly, tie the segments together, and hang the garland. After the holidays, the kids might find it fun to put the garland out for the birds to nibble on!


* To prolong the life of the garland, try spraying shellac on the cranberries after stringing them.

* To avoid staining, do not place the garland directly on lightly painted surfaces or linens.

* Use waxed dental floss, or try waxing your needle and thread with beeswax to make stringing cranberries easier.

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