It seems like every kids’ Christmas movie shows a Christmas tree with a cranberry garland, so I grew up thinking that cranberry garlands were absolutely essential to each Christmas tree. The fun of making them as a child has extended into adulthood as I still like to chill on the couch with a Christmas movie stringing cranberries together. If you haven’t made one before, you’ve definitely got to try it. It’s so easy, and it’s the perfect craft for your kids to join you in.
All you need:
Cranberries (3 bags will make about 12 feet of garland)
String (any color works as it will be covered by the cranberries)
Needles (stronger needles work better as you’re pushing them through some tough cranberries. If you have younger kids that want to help they can always use children’s plastic needles!)
This is pretty simple, thread about 6 feet of string through your needle and double it up so that the ends touch and you have a length of 3 feet. tie a knot into the ends so that the cranberries won’t fall off, and start threading the cranberries onto the string! (Make sure you don’t thread the mushy cranberries; set those aside and only use the firm ones. After you fill up the first stretch make another and tie them all together to create a long garland that you can wrap around your Christmas tree. (Or drape it over your mantle, or string it around a wreath!)
That’s seriously it. This is such an easy craft, your kids will love it! And it’s perfect for teaching early motor skills, too.
Let me know how you like it! I know lots of people have added popcorn to their garlands as well, but I’ve never done it. I’ll have to give it a try this year and share how it goes!
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