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How to Make a Popcorn Garland

Bring a classic touch to your Christmas decorations with an old-fashioned popcorn and cranberry garland.

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How to Make Popcorn Garland
How to Make Popcorn Garland

Decorating the Christmas tree is an important family tradition because it brings everyone together. This year, bring a classic touch to your Christmas tree by learning How to Make a Popcorn Garland! DIY Christmas garlands are great Christmas crafts for kids to make beside a crackling Christmas fire. Everyone can work together to make one long garland, or each child can work on their own small garland and everyone in the family can tie their strands together when they’re done.  When the holiday season has ended, you can hang your garland outside in the trees to feed your feathered friends.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Main MaterialFood


Materials List

  • Popcorn
  • Fresh cranberries, rinsed and dried
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors

How to Make a Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

  1. Place popcorn and cranberries into bowls.

    TIP: If you are not using bagged popcorn, we recommend popping your popcorn kernels at least 24 hours before using them. The popcorn should ideally be just a little stale so it doesn’t crumble. You should also avoid using any cranberries that are squishy.

  2. Determine how long you want your garland to be. Cut your thread to your desired length, adding a few extra inches to leave room for a knot. If using normal sewing thread, use two strands of thread instead of one for extra strength. If using a thicker thread, one strand should be strong enough.

  3. Thread your needle. Tie a knot at the end of your thread.

  4. Carefully guide the needle through the center of a piece of popcorn and push the popcorn all the way down to the knot.

  5. Continue threading popcorn and cranberries onto your thread. String popcorn and cranberries in any pattern you like to complete your garland.

    TIP: String a few pieces of popcorn on your thread before pulling them down to the knot will help you complete your garland faster.

  6. When you have a few inches left before the end of your garland, remove the needle from your thread and make a knot (or two) to hold the last piece of popcorn in place.

  7. When your thread is completely strung with popcorn and cranberries, hang it up on your Christmas tree or mantle!

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