Cranberry Holiday Garland

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Cranberry holiday garland – an activity for children of all ages. It’s always fun to make old-fashioned Christmas garland. If you have young children, this is a great activity to learn about patterns and how to repeat them. So put Christmas music on and spend some quality time together making Christmas presents for the birds we will be learning more about next week.

  • Supplies:
    • embroidery needle or needle with a large eye
    • embroidery string, twine, dental floss, fishing line, or heavy thread
    • scissors
    • cranberries (frozen work best)
    • popcorn (already popped and day-old, preferably stale)
    • oranges
    • knife
    • cutting board
    • baking sheet
    • non-stick baking mat
    • newspaper and play clothes (optional but highly recommended)
  • *Please note, as the cranberries thaw, they do tend to stain hands, tables, whatever they touch, so make sure to line your table with old newspaper and wear play clothes.
  • Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat.
  • Cut the oranges in thin slices and lay on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake about 2 1/2 hours until the the peels become dry and the flesh becomes translucent. (These directions found on MarthaStewart.com).
  • Cut the string into a desired length plus a few inches for tying off (the shorter the better if you have young children). Keep in mind you can always make another garland and connect them to make one long garland.
  • Thread the string through the eye of the needle and pull it through, leaving enough extra so it doesn’t easily come off of the needle.
  • Tie a knot (or two) into the tail of the string.
  • Thread the popcorn, cranberries, and dried oranges in whatever pattern/non-pattern desired until you’ve almost covered the string. Thread multiple items at a time and then carefully slide them down to the end of the string. Leave enough room at the needle end to tie another knot and even more room at the end if you are wanting to connect additional garland.
  • Now use it as a centerpiece on your table, to decorate your mantle, or hang on your Christmas tree.
  • When Christmas is over, you can either put the garland outside to feed the birds and squirrels, or you can preserve it using an acrylic sealer as directed on the can.

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