While I’m not a big fan of crafts made out of food, I do love the simplicity of popcorn garlands. We love to mix popcorn and cranberries and then rather than hanging the garland on our tree indoors, we hang them outside as a gift to the animals in our neighbourhood.
- fresh cranberries
Just thread the needles with quite a long thread and tie at the end. Thread the popcorn and cranberries on – a fun way for little ones to practice making patterns! These photos are from last year’s garland making adventure.
For another plant based garland idea, gather a basket of pine cones, small sticks, seed heads, seed pods, etc. and thread them with a needle or tie them onto twine. For the third week of Advent, the light of animals, I have a basket of feathers ready to go that might work their way onto a garland or two, or another decoration depending on what the kids dream up. Yesterday, a friend of ours set up a fun craft to paint pine cones with glitter paint – these are beautiful and would make a lovely garland or Christmas tree decoration.
Other ideas – dip the bottoms of the pine cones in non-toxic paint to coordinate with your Christmas decorations or home, or, try this gorgeous and warm idea to wrap pinecones in yarn (idea and photo from Teal & Lime). This might be happening over here this week, as it’s just too good to pass up – a trip to our local wool shop is in order as I think our stash is low! I’m seeing deep red, teal green, grey, mustard yellow…
Does your family craft any natural decorations over the holidays? Share about them in the comments!