Video:String a Christmas Popcorn Garlandwith Heidi Dehncke-Fisher
Popcorn garland is a classic holiday decoration for your Christmas tree. Try these tips to make stringing your popcorn garland easier, and see alternative decorations to add sparkle to your garland.See Transcript
Transcript:String a Christmas Popcorn GarlandHi! I'm Heidi Dehncke-Fisher and welcome to About.com. Christmas is such a special time of year, and one of the things I really enjoy making is popcorn garland.
Popcorn Garland Stringing SuppliesYou're going to need approximately 3-6 bags of microwaveable popcorn. You're also going to need: a 15 oz. box of golden raisins, and you're going to need a 12 oz. bag of cranberries, a fairly thin sewing needle, pretty strong type of thread (usually button hole thread is used, or it just says super strong thread), and a pair of scissors.
Adding Accents to Your Popcorn GarlandIf you want to add a little pizzazz to your popcorn one of the things you can use to add some color is food coloring or you can even use some glitter. It does add some nice accents.
Cut the Popcorn Garland StringSo, what I'm going to do is, here's 3 feet approximately and I'm going to actually double it to make my first strand. And I am going to line up the two ends and just get it even. Got it.
Knot the Garland StringAlright, line up the end of your thread. And now you're going to make your knot and what I would suggest because we are making the garland in sections is you leave about 3 or 4 inches of thread beyond the knot so that you can use this extra length to actually tie the sections together. So you need to keep re-knotting the same knot over and over, like maybe 4 or 5 times until you feel it's pretty big.
Stringing the Popcorn GarlandI think it looks nicer and makes stringing the thread easier if you insert the needle through the cranberry, lengthwise, from one end to the other. And if there's any resistance, another trick you can use is to take the back side of the needle and push it against the table or a hard surface, and that helps the sharper end come through. And then you can just pull it all the way down to the knot that you made.
The next thing I did was I actually used the golden raisins, which I think adds a nice shimmer to the garland. So, there's five of these, that's one. And they're not as hard to get through as the cranberries are.
Popcorn Garland Stringing TipsSo, what I try to do is look for one that has a really skinny middle part, that has a little more substance to it so that I know when I put the needle through that it's not going to break apart too easily. But you want to just gently push it through. You don't want to force it and you don't want to squeeze it with the hand that you're holding it.
You don't want to squeeze it really tight you just want to be gentle, and pull the needle through. As you can see, were pretty far along on this now. We just need to add the next popcorn section and finish it off with the raisins and cranberries.
Finish the Popcorn GarlandSo, I am going to take this end and I am going to tie it together and keep knotting just like we've been doing the entire time. Just to ensure the strength of the connections. Snip.
This is also a really fun thing you can do with your kids because they really enjoy not only stringing the popcorn, but eating it. Thanks for watching to learn more visit us on the Web at About.com.
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