Who knew that making a popcorn and cranberry garland could be so challenging? I sure didn’t…until I set out to make one. There is a lot that can go wrong, frustrate you, and make you want to throw in the towel. The first garland I made took 45 minutes. And it was only 4 feet long! Now I have it down to a science, and I’m going to share with you the tricks of the trade:
1. Only use stale popcorn. I recommend popping it the day before you want to use it and putting it in the refrigerator until you’re ready. Why? Because if you use fresh popcorn, when you poke it with the needle it’ll crumble. Ask me how I know.
2. Only use the hardest cranberries in the bag. Those soft, plump, delicious-looking ones? Don’t use those. Because if you do they will bleed all over your popcorn, therefore dissolving it and making you start all over. Ask me how I know.
3. Always start your garland with a cranberry first. The reason for this is that the cranberry will be a lot less likely to slide off of your knot.
4. Always end with a popcorn.
5. Only do about 5 feet of garland at a time. That keeps it from getting tangled.
Ok, now that we have our tips, we’re ready to go!
First, measure out about 10 feet of fishing line (I just arm-span and doubled it). Thread it through the needle so that it’s doubled over and tie it in a double knot at the end.