Popcorn & Cranberry Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial

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The one handmade item that really makes our Christmas tree pop is the popcorn and cranberry garland.  It might seem so simple that you’re wondering why I am even devoting a blog post to it, but I have some tips to make the process much easier.

plain popcorn
waxed floss

1.)  Make plain popcorn – since we don’t have an air popper I just made some in a pot on the stove.  I put three tablespoons of oil in a large pot and 1/2 cup of unpopped kernels.  Then I covered it and allowed it to vent while shaking the pot.  Within a few minutes I had a ton of freshly popped plain popcorn.

2.)  Now just let the popcorn sit…. preferably for one to two days so it becomes stale.

TIP:  Stale popcorn is important!  Fresh popcorn will break into tiny pieces.

3.)  Take the waxed floss and pull out double the length you want the strand to be.  I made 12 foot strands and so I pulled 24 feet out of the container.  The picture below shows how I tied and threaded the floss.

TIP:  The popcorn and cranberries will slide easier on the floss than thread/string.  The two pieces of floss will literally fuse together which makes tangles and knots unlikely.  I never had a single issue, but with thick thread…. oh boy, hehe.

4.)  Now it’s time to start putting the popcorn and cranberries on the floss.  My pattern was 4 pieces of popcorn, 1 cranberry, repeat for the entire 12 feet.  I then tied off the end the same way I started.

We ended up making 4 strands for a total of 48 feet of popcorn/cranberry garland for our Christmas tree.  Well I made 3 strands and Dustin made 1, but I was still impressed he helped!  The finished garland…

It is possible to preserve your popcorn strands to use for future years, but we prefer to put ours out for the animals to enjoy once the holiday is over.  Plus it’s fun to make the garland while watching holiday movies with the family.  Once the girls get old enough to be trusted with a needle I plan to make this a family tradition!

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8 Responses to Popcorn & Cranberry Christmas Tree Garland Tutorial

  1. Marisa says:

    Awesome! This looks like fun! We have fake cranberries, but I like this idea so much better. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jessica Hilton says:

    thanks for sharing all these great tutorials for christmas Im always looking for new homemade ornament ideas to try since we love a completely homemade tree as well.

  3. Vanessa C. says:

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing.
    I will try this and will probably spray the popcorn with some golden glitter!!!

  4. Terri Babin says:

    What a neat idea! I’ve seen popcorn garland plenty of times, but never with berries, love it!

    ~Terri Babin

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  6. SarahFae says:

    Quick question…do you use a hand sewing needing or the big ones for cross-stitch floss? Never done this before and I really appreciate your tips!

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  8. Barb says:

    How do you preserve it?

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