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How to Make a Popcorn Cranberry Garland

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Merry Christmas Only Passionate Curiosity readers!!

I’m coming to you yet again, from a warm and toasty North Florida. Seriously, we went to get our Christmas tree on December 1st, and it was 81 degrees…luckily I don’t mind, too much 😉

This year I wanted to add a little bit of old fashioned charm to our Christmas tree.

I love old-fashioned stuff, don’t you? I guess it’s not surprising given that I garden and raise chickens! But, you don’t have to do any of that to enjoy this charming old-fashioned Christmas tree garland.

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a popcorn cranberry garland. Yes, you too can easily add this holiday cheer to your Christmas tree. And, here’s the cool part – your kiddos will have fun doing this too!

So let’s dive in! To make this popcorn cranberry garland, you’ll need:

Popcorn (I popped about 3/4 of a cup of kernels…that was over kill, but we had plenty to snack on whilst making the garland!)

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Cranberries (we used the left overs in oatmeal!)

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An embroidery needle and embroidery thread.
And some Christmas music — okay, that’s optional, but it makes this even more fun!

To start off, cut about 5 foot lengths of your thread. Any longer and it tangles too easily.

Then thread it onto your needle and tie a nice knot in the and of the thread.
Next, get to threading! Make sure to thread through the thickest part of the popcorn.

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We decided to do a pattern of 3 popcorns then 2 cranberries, and so on. Its best to choose firm cranberries, and to thread them from stem-end to blossom-end, I told my girls to thread through the cranberries belly-buttons!

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When each 5 foot length is completed, tie the ends together to make your whole popcorn cranberry garland and then you’re ready to put it up on the tree!

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I supervised both my girls during this activity, and my 3 1/2 year old did surprisingly well! My 5 year old caught onto the pattern right away (I called this our math lesson for the day 😉 ).  They both had fun doing this, and turned it into a bit of a race! This is definitely going to be a yearly Christmas tradition for us.

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These should last a few weeks. And after Christmas we’ll put these out in a tree in our yard for the birds.

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If you make one share it on Instagram and tag us! I’d love to see it!

Resources  to go with this activity:

Learn how cranberries are grown and harvested.

Have extra popcorn, like we did? Here’s some more ideas on what to do with it!

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


lindseyLindsey 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.


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