Decorating with Cranberries – Part 1

Now that Thanksgiving is over and we’re officially entering into the holiday season, we’ve got some simple, creative ideas you can use to decorate your home. Cranberries are perfect to decorate with in so many ways! Their small red round shapes make them ideal for all sorts of decorations. For the next couple of weeks we’ll introduce a few ways you can utilize those these amazing berries.

Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

This is a classic decoration dating back to the good old days before superstores introduced super cheap holiday decorations. Growing up, my mom and I always made these to hang up around the house and of course on the Christmas tree. This is a fun and easy activity to do with children, though I wouldn’t recommend too young as it does involve a sharp needle for stringing.


Simply pop some plain popcorn (makes sure the popcorn is plain without any added butter or salt) and have a bowl of fresh cranberries ready. Carefully string the popcorn and cranberries together using a needle and thread. You can choose your own pattern such as the number of cranberries that are in between each popcorn. Or you can choose to string up only cranberries, it’s whatever fancies your creative side. Once you’ve finished threading up your string, be sure to tie a knot on both ends and you’ve got yourself a beautiful holiday garland!

The best part of this garland is you can hang it outside after the holidays for the birds to enjoy!

Here's another idea taken from Good Housekeeping.

3 Responses to Decorating with Cranberries – Part 1

  1. Em says:

    Ooh! I might add a cranberry garland to my wreath! Love the idea. We did popcorn and cranberries growing up whenever we had a real tree, then hung it on our front bushes for the birds. It would make an adorable, cheerful garland for a deciduous tree, too.

  2. mary says:

    I am planning on using cranberries for the centerpiece decor at my wedding reception. I want to take a canning jar with some salt then a layer of cranberries then a candle in the middle. However I am concerned about how long do the cranberries last and if I use real cranberries they typically come frozen should I let them sit out to unthaw for a couple days?

    • Alison says:

      Hi Mary – the center pieces for your wedding sound awesome! Cranberries that are dry harvested – the ones you find in the super market last for up to 6 months in a cool place (your fridge!) If you are using them as a center piece don’t use the frozen ones, use the ones that are fresh from the super market. The frozen ones should only be used in baking/cooking and not as a decoration. You can have the cranberries floating in water or in the jar you mentioned above for about a week. Happy Wedding!!

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