Merry Christmas Only Passionate Curiosity readers!! We are craving some old fashioned charm to our Christmas tree! The last couple of years has made our family really appreciate simple and old fashioned. So this year we are making old-fashioned Christmas popcorn cranberry garland for our tree.
And, here’s the cool part – your kiddos will have fun doing this too! We always to try to make everything educational, so let’s start with a couple of educational videos!
How Popcorn is Made
Growing and Harvesting Cranberries
Supplies to Make Popcorn Cranberry Garland
To make this popcorn cranberry garland, you’ll need:
1. Dry Popcorn. We popped about 3/4 of a cup of kernels. And honestly it would have been overkill if you were not planning to snack. But if you are snacking (and honestly, who can not snack on popcorn), you really need to make more!
2. Cranberries. We used the leftovers from our Cranberry Raft STEM Engineering Challenge! It is such a fun and educational challenge that would be super fun to do with your entire family at Thanksgiving! Oh and what better way to show your relatives how fun learning can be?!!
3. An embroidery needle
4. An embroidery thread.
5. And some Christmas music — okay, that’s optional, but it makes this even more fun! This is one of our favorites right now.
1. To start off, cut about 5 foot lengths of your thread. Any longer and it tangles too easily.
2. Then thread it onto your needle and tie a nice knot in the and of the thread.
3. Next, get to threading! Make sure to thread through the thickest part of the popcorn.
4. We decided to do a pattern of 3 popcorns then 1 cranberry, and so on. Its best to choose firm cranberries, and to thread them from stem-end to blossom-end, I told my kiddos to thread through the cranberries belly-buttons!
5. When each five foot length is completed, tie the ends together to make your whole popcorn cranberry garland. You are now ready to put it up on the tree!
All of my children caught onto the pattern right away (Don’t you know I called this our math lesson for the day). We all had so much fun doing this, and I’ll admit it eventually turned into a bit of a race! This is definitely going to be an annual Christmas tradition for us.
I expect these to last through Christmas. And after Christmas we’ll put these out in a tree in our yard for the birds.
If you make a popcorn cranberry garland too, please share it on Instagram use the hashtag #OnlyPassionateCuriosity and tag us!! While you are there, please follow us! We would love to see it!
Resources To Use With This Craft
Learn how cranberries are grown and harvested. If you would prefer to watch a video, there is a great one included in the Cranberry Raft STEM Engineering Challenge article.
Lindsey is a modern homesteader and homeschooling Mama of two. Together with her family she lives in North Florida on 1/3 of an acre where they garden, raise chickens and turkeys, do lots of DIY, make a ton from scratch – and include natural learning experiences along the way. She’s passionate about simple, natural living, and shares those passions on her blog, Chickadee Homestead. Find her on Pinterest and Instagram.