It might surprise you to know I'm not the craftiest person around. But I do love the traditional crafts oh-so-much. At the holidays there is nothing as classic as stringing up some cranberries into a fresh garland so I’m sharing a few tips for making yours perfect.
The Cord + The Cranberries
Get a hefty cord, I used a heavy weight waxed cord used for jewelry making and a needle with a larger eye for ease of stringing the cranberries. Be sure to use a thimble to protect your fingers because the cranberries make threading carefully a bit unpredictable!
Once you've strung on your cranberries, add some other ingredients for color and variety! A few classics are orange slices, cinnamon sticks, and -- of course -- popcorn. Personally, I attempted the popcorn without much luck. If you’re going to try, be sure to pop it and let it sit overnight before stringing so it’s not so brittle that it cracks and breaks right off. Also, be sure you don’t have a dog nearby or within reach... that just makes everything more difficult!
The cranberries will naturally dry up a bit as the days grow closer and closer to Christmas but I think they still look fresh and beautiful for the season. I just love the way the fresh garland looks scattered around the house or on the Christmas tree.
I'd love to see how your garland turns out!
heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen aprons, tabletop linens, art, ceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com.