Popcorn and cranberry garland on table with loose supplies.

Holiday DIY: Popcorn & Cranberry Garland

🎄✨ Deck the Halls! ✨🎄

With the weather here in New York getting cold, and dark, it's time to add a sprinkle of festive cheer and a pop of fun to our holiday decorations. 🍿❤️

A DIY Popcorn & Cranberry Garland is an obvious choice for us, as popcorn obsessed as we are! This one is a beauty because it's not just a classic decoration; it's a delightful activity to share with loved ones. We also love that it’s wallet & earth friendly while still looking absolutely charming!

What You'll Need:

  • Popped popcorn. We’ll use the Petersen Red kernels because of their bright white color and robust texture. Pop these a few days in advance so they stale & easier to work with. Since they will be stale, we recommend popping up a new bowl of popcorn just for snacking on!
  • Fresh or dried cranberries for a pop of festive color, you don’t want craisins in this situation, but they would be a delicious snack!
  • A needle and strong thick thread (dental floss works great too!)

Get Crafting:

  1. Pop Your Corn: Start by popping enough popcorn to cover your desired garland length.*
  2. 1 popped flake can be .5-1 inch, and cranberries are about .5 inches each. If you want a foot of garland, then you'll need 2 cranberries and about 22 popcorn flakes. 1 rounded tablespoon is about 100 unpopped kernels (about 4.5 feet of garland!)
  3. Thread the Needle: Tie a knot at one end of your thread and start stringing. Alternate between popcorn and cranberries. Get creative with your patterns—1:2, 1:3, 1:10 ratios, it’s your call on the final look!
  4. Hang with Care: Once your garland is complete, drape it around your tree, mantle, or anywhere that needs a touch of homemade holiday spirit.

*Note: 1 popped flake can be .5-1 inch, and cranberries are about .5 inches each. For each foot of garland you'll need at least 2 cranberries and around 22 popcorn flakes. 1 rounded tablespoon is about 100 unpopped kernels (about 4.5 feet of garland!).

Pro Tip: If you're crafting with little ones, use a plastic needle for safety. And why not make a little extra popcorn for snacking while you string? 😉

Share the Joy

We'd love to see your creations! Share your garland photos with us on Instagram & Facebook.

Happy Holidays and happy crafting from all of us at Dusted! 🌟🍿

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