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How To Make a Popcorn-Cranberry Garland

Watch more Christmas Trees & Decorations videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Make an old-fashioned popcorn-and-cranberry garland for your holiday tree. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Warning Popcorn-cranberry garlands hanging from a Christmas tree may prove tempting to pets. Be sure to place them out of reach. Step 1: Pop popcorn Make or buy popcorn. Then leave it out for a day or two to get stale—fresh popcorn breaks too easily for stringing. If you're using microwave popcorn, choose one with no butter and no salt. Tip Day-old air-popped popcorn works best. Step 2: Thread a needle Thread the needle with heavy-duty sewing thread, waxed dental floss, or fishing wire. Tie a fat knot at the other end of the string. Tip Wear old clothes and put down drop cloths before you begin stringing. Cranberry juice can stain. Step 3: Start stringing Alternate stringing fresh cranberries with popcorn, taking care to push the needle straight through the center of each piece. Carefully pull each one to the knotted end of the thread before stringing the next piece. Tip Make popcorn-cranberry decorations by stringing cranberries and popcorn directly onto narrow-gauge floral wire, then twisting the wire into a ball or another shape. Step 4: String the lights first Arrange the lights on the tree before hanging the garland. Ornaments come last, after the garland. Step 5: Hang the garland Drape the garland loosely on the tree branches, starting from the top, keeping it well away from lights. Use about nine feet of garland for each foot of your tree. Step 6: Compost it If you compost, add the cranberries and popcorn when you take down your tree. Did You Know? American colonists from Germany were the first to hang popcorn-cranberry garlands on Christmas trees.
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