Deck those halls with boughs of pop (fa la la la la la la la la). No, but really – popcorn’s great for all sorts of festive holiday decorations. Why does it work? Well, for starters, it looks like snow, is easy to use (especially for kids), and greatly contrasts against the red and green hues of the season. So before you go out and spend a small fortune on holiday décor, check out these crafts that make great use of our favorite snack!
Alright, I can’t take credit for this one. It’s totally Martha’s, but that doesn’t make it any less cute. Start with a flimsy paper plate and cut out the center. Then take a long string of dental floss (about 3 feet), tie one end onto the paper plate, and thread the other end through a needle. String the popcorn onto the floss and wrap it around the plate. When you’re done with one complete popcorn string, tie it discretely. If you can still see the plate underneath, go ahead and wrap another string of popcorn around it. When you can no longer see the paper plate, loop a ribbon through and glue a bow to the top. Voila – a super cute wreath (it’s actually pretty surprising how adorable it is).
Of course you’ve seen this one before, but I couldn’t very well leave it out. It is a classic. Plus, like the wreath above, it’s super easy and creates a lovely treat for critters, should you choose to hang them on trees out of doors. Taking thread (or floss, if you prefer) and needle, string on day-old popcorn. (Stale popcorn is harder, so it won’t break as easily while you’re working with it.) And for a little extra color, don’t forget to add cranberries and/or raisins.
Need festive candle centerpieces in a jiffy? They’re in your kitchen. Depending on how many candles you have (or if you want to add them around the room too) take jars, glasses, and vases, and fill them with popcorn kernels, cranberries, whole walnuts, and possibly small tomatoes (decide how long you want to keep these up for). You’ll want to fill the containers up about 2 inches or so with your mixture, put the candles in, and then fill around them to secure them in place.
Go ahead: have a ball with these fun ornaments. Cut some decorative ribbon into 8- or 9-inch pieces and fold them in half, creating loops. Shape popcorn balls (we like this recipe) around the ribbon, covering an inch or so of the ends. Let them cool down on parchment paper and get hanging!
About the Author:
"Katie Straw" is the writer at KingOfPOP.com, maker of delicious handcrafted gourmet popcorn, and currently resides in Manchester, New Hampshire.