How to Make a Popcorn Cranberry Garland

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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!

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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?!!

cranberries for popcorn cranberry garland

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 at the end of the thread.

3. Next, get to threading! Make sure to thread through the thickest part of the popcorn.

popcorn garland - threading the popcorn

4. We decided to do a pattern of 3 popcorns, then 1 cranberry, and so on. It’s 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!

threading the cranberries with the needle and thread

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.

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I expect these to last through Christmas. And after Christmas, we’ll put these up in a tree in our yard for the birds.

popcorn cranberry garland

If you make a popcorn cranberry garland too, please share it on Instagram and use the hashtag #OnlyPassionateCuriosity. You can also 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.

Have extra popcorn? (I know, not even possible, right?) but just in case you did, here are 101 Things to do with Popcorn!

My kids LOVE this book. The mouse makes a popcorn garland too 🙂

Learn about the history behind America’s favorite snack and learn about how it is grown!

Supplies to Make Popcorn Cranberry Garland


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