How To Make A Christmas Popcorn Garland
3-6 bags of microwaveable popcorn
A thin sewing needle
Pretty strong type of thread (usually button hole thread is used)
A pair of scissors.
Food colouring or glitter.
Decorating a Christmas tree usually involves Christmas lights, ornaments, and a star or angel resting at the top. Yet these traditions are a result of modern conveniences. When Christmas Trees first rose to prominence, they were often decorated with fruits and other items. From this, a tradition of stringing popcorn and cranberries into a garland that wrapped around the tree was born.
But how did popcorn end up on our Christmas trees? While its origins are not completely known. The art of stringing popcorn on a tree most likely came from the fact that when Christmas trees first became widespread, people didn’t have much to decorate them with. They borrowed from the German tradition of putting fruit on the trees and because cranberries are harvested through November, its most likely that they were strung with popcorn as they were still in season.
Cut 2 metres of thread.
Now you’re going to make your knot.
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. 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.
What I try to do is look for a piece of popcorn 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 with. 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!
You continue to thread your popcorn one by one on to the string until your Christmas Popcorn Garland is all full up. You can leave plain, or colour it with food colouring and glitter.