Christmas is just a week away. That happened fast, didn't it? From now until then we have a bit more shopping and wrapping to accomplish, an 8th birthday to celebrate, a bowling party to throw, a dinner hosted at our house, and two more family gatherings. It'll all be fun, but it's going to be a busy time. I'm sure you know exactly what I mean.
Today I wanted to get one more natural decoration made for our family tree - a classic cranberry & popcorn garland. It's pretty simple - just pop some corn, and string it all together with some thread. Here are a few tips I picked up along the way, and from experienced IG garland makers.
cranberry & popcorn holiday garland tips
- Pop your corn in the microwave without oil, using a plain paper bag. Microwave 1/4 cup of kernels for about 2 minutes, listening for the popping rate to slow down.
- Use coat weight thread for a strong base.
- Long tapestry needles work perfectly for this task.
- Start and end with a firm cranberry, tying it securely with a knot.
- I used fresh cranberries, sorting out the firmest ones for use. An alternative is to freeze the cranberries beforehand. I haven't tried this, but IGers said it worked great!
- Freshly popped corn cracks and breaks when you try to thread it. Leave it out uncovered for a few hours before threading. It makes a huge difference.
- Try mini marshmallows for a different texture. A cup of hot water helps the needle pierce the marshmallow with less mess.
- When the season is over, try saving your garland for next year. The cranberries will shrivel, but I've been told it's still pretty cute the following year ( thanks Sharon ).
We here at Lune want to wish you a Happy Holiday!
It's been a busy season, and the beginning of the new year holds promise for travel and adventure. I'm excited to capture the fun and to continue sharing it here and on my IG @lunevintage . Until that time, I'm taking a little holiday break from blogging. See you soon and Merry Christmas!