I’ve always loved popcorn garlands. I know most people think they’re “naff” and maybe they are, but isn’t that what Christmas is all about? Over the top decorations which are fun? I was always raised with modern decorations which matched the interior and always kept up with the yearly trends. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with that. But I’ve always been a traditionalist and popcorn garlands are traditional in quite a few countries.
I also had a lot of fun making these for my little Christmas tree, which is the main thing. I actually made them while watching Christmas films last month and it was so relaxing. It definitely gave me a little festive cheer and brightened up my mood.
But I will warn you these popcorn garlands are quite fiddly to make.The popcorn is easier to use if you prepare it a few days before you plan to make the garlands, as it is much easier to work with when the popcorn is stale. Just leave it in a box without the lid and forget about it until you are ready to make the garlands.
What You Will Need
- String or Jewellery Wire
- Darning Needle.
- Deep Red 8mm Beads
- 2 Cups Popping Corn
- Glitter (optional)
- PVA Glue
- Old Paintbrush
- Spray Clear Varnish
Add the popping corn to a bowl,cover with a lid, and place in the microwave for two minutes or until all the corn has popped. You will need more popcorn than you think you require here, as you will find that you may have smaller pieces that just won’t thread when you’re making your garland and you will have a few which will break when you try to thread them.
Now, leave the popcorn out on a unit – in a bowl – for a while. This will prevent the popcorn from shrinking when you add the glue or varnish as well.
Thread your string with the needle and push it through the centre of a piece of popcorn. Do this for three, then add a red 8mm bead and then another three popcorn. Continue this method until you either run out of string or popcorn. If you choose to use the wire, then you should be able to just push it straight through the popcorn easily without a needle.
When your garland has been threaded, spray lightly with glitter, leave it dry and then spray with the enamel spray. Hang the popcorn on a dooe handle until they are dry. Of course, you don’t have to use the enamel spray, you can just leave them au natural, but you probably won’t be able to use them next year. As the clear varnish should keep it preserved for years to come, as long as you store the popcorn garlands in a dry place.
If you have any questions on anything from above, please comment below and I will try to help you as best I can.
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