Today I wanted to make a popcorn garland with my kids. This year I put up a tree in the dining room and I chose to decorate it with mostly handmade ornaments and garlands. We had so much fun making them so I thought I would share the process with you all.
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As y’all know, I am very keen on DIY and that extends to crafting as well. My kids and I made a ton of ornaments during the first year of lockdown and I had forgotten them. Our naughty elf, Scout, decided to be nice and decorate the tree with all of our handmade holiday ornaments.
I didn’t realize how much I had missed that, so here we are. Handmade Holidays, a new DIY for the 12 days of Christmas! Enough babbling, let’s learn how to make a garland from popcorn.
How To Make A Popcorn Garland
Materials For A Popcorn Garland
Here are the materials you’ll need to make a garland out of popcorn:
- popcorn kernels
- instant pot or air popper ( I used an instant pot because it’s what I have)
- coconut oil
- embroidery needle
Step 1-Pop the Popcorn
One question I had when starting to make this popcorn garland was can I not just buy a bag of already made popcorn and string it for my tree? Sure, you can do that, but it is hard to find any premade popcorn that doesn’t have seasonings and butter on it. For the garland to last, you want plain popcorn.
Grab a bag of popcorn kernels from the supermarket and measure out 1 Cup. I used the instant pot because it’s what I have and I didn’t want to buy an air popper. Turn on the instant pot and press the saute´ button. Let it heat up then add the coconut oil and let it melt.
Add the popcorn kernels and stir to coat in the coconut oil. Let them sit and cook for a few seconds and stir again. Once you hear a sizzling sound, cover with a glass lid and wait for the kernels to start popping. This will happen in about 2-3 minutes. Once the kernels are 3/4 popped, turn off the heat.
The rest of the kernels will continue to pop with the remaining heat. Once the popcorn is popped, let it cool and then put it in a bag to sit for a day. Stale popcorn is best for stringing into a popcorn garland for the Christmas Tree.
Step 2-Start Stringing the Popcorn
Next, put all of your popcorn in a bowl. Then get your string and an embroidery needle (same one I used to make the dried orange slice garland), and double up your length. If you want a 6 ft strand, you’ll need 12 ft of string. Find the middle, add your needle and tie the end with a couple knots.
Start stringing the popcorn onto the string. Some of the popcorn might break, so put a trash bag down on the table to catch the crumbs.
When it is finished, tie off the other end.
Step 3-Hang The Popcorn Garland On The Christmas Tree
Now for the fun part, let’s hang the popcorn garland on our tree. You can also layer it with other garland on a staircase or mantel. It makes a great addition to my homemade ornaments tree in our dining room.
It turned out so cute! I am thinking about making another one, but adding some fruit, greenery, or beads to make it a little different. A bit fancier.
FAQ About Making A Popcorn Garland
Here are some frequently asked questions about making a garland out of popcorn:
Does The Popcorn Garland Last?
This is my first year making one, so we will see. There are mixed reviews on this, but if stored properly it could last years.
How To Store It Properly?
A way to store your popcorn garland to so it will last a few years is to put it in a plastic bag. Gently roll into a circle and put wax paper between each layer where popcorn would touch popcorn. Seal the plastic bag well and store in a dry place away from pests. I will put ours in the Christmas bins.
Is It Hard To Make?
Making a popcorn garland is not hard at all! There can be a lot of steps, but the hardest part is the act of threading the popcorn on the needle. If you can find a thimble to use, it might prove useful so you don’t stab your thumb or other fingers with the needle.
Can I Use Bagged Popcorn?
I wouldn’t recommend using bagged popcorn. They come with either flavoring or oil which makes it hard to hold while stringing on the needle.
Does It Take Long To Make?
Depending on how long you want your garland, it can take a little while. Popping the popcorn is quick and threading the needle isn’t too hard. The longest part is the actual stringing the popcorn on the thread. If you want it to be super long or make several garlands, it could take a long time.
The best way to get through this is to make it festive! Put on a Christmas movie or music and time will fly by!
What Is The Best Thread To Use?
The best thread to use is some fishing line or heavy duty thread. I used a heavy duty white thread I had in my stash, and I doubled up the thread for durability.
How Do I Protect The Garland When Storing It?
I covered this in how to store, but you can also seal it with some shellac if you like. Mine is just going to have to stay natural because even though my kids are 4 and 7, they still like to put things in their mouths.
Things To Remember
Here are some things to consider when making a popcorn garland:
- Pop your own popcorn and let it become stale for best use
- This can get messy, have a bowl or trashcan nearby for the crumbs
- If you to add other things to your garland, have those ready in bowls next to your popcorn
- The task goes a lot easier if you turn on a Christmas movie or music while working
- Use twice the length of thread when stringing the popcorn
Things To Consider Adding To Your Popcorn Garland
- Food Coloring-Make a rainbow of colorful popcorn, maybe red, and green for Christmas.
- Dried Fruit-Cranberries, oranges, etc.
- Festive Bits-Add festive bits like greenery, herbs, snowflakes, or cinnamon sticks
- Beads-wooden or colored beads
- Metalic or Sparkly accents-spray paint with a glitter spray paint or a metallic paint for some shimmer
- Ribbon-I add ribbon everywhere at Christmas time
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I had fun with this diy and so did my kids. If you are looking for a homemade Christmas craft to do over the upcoming break and holidays, this could be a good choice for you. It’s not too hard to do, super fun and better if done with multiple people. This definitely brings back nostalgic Christmas.