Wednesday, December 4, 2013

DIY Paper Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

Popcorn and cranberry garland is a timeless Christmas classic.  Oh, how I would love to have it adorn my Christmas tree all holiday season!  But alas, with two children and a bunch of dogs and cats, having an edible garland on my Christmas tree would be a disaster waiting to happen.  Enter DIY paper popcorn and cranberry garland.  Not only will my kids not eat it, the dogs and cats are likely to leave it alone, too.  As an added bonus, you can easily put it into storage and use it for years to come.

DIY Paper Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

You can assemble a 7 ft. garland in about an hour with just a few die cuts and some easy sewing.  For this project you will need a Silhouette CAMEO, 3 sheets of 12"x12" cardstock (2 white, 1 red), THIS FILE from the Silhouette store, and a sewing machine.  If you don't have a Silhouette CAMEO or Silhouette Portrait, you can use a 1/2" circle punch to make the cranberries and a cloud die to make the popcorn.  

Sewing two die cuts together makes for a lovely dimensional garland that closely resembles a real popcorn and cranberry garland.  

The top row shows the variety of popcorn shapes that are part of THIS popcorn die cut file.  Resize some of the popcorn pieces before you make your cuts so you have a larger variety of popcorn.  TIP: Separate the popcorn die cuts into pairs then organize them into little stacks to make them easier to grab when you begin sewing.   

Stitch three pairs of popcorn end-to-end and then add a pair of cranberries.  Repeat this process until you use up all of your popcorn die cuts.  To stitch little pieces of paper closely together, feed the next piece of paper (or pair) under your presser foot just before you finish stitching the last piece.  

When you are done stitching your garland, it will be flat.  Gently open up each piece make your garland 3D.  

Drape your paper popcorn and cranberry garland on your Christmas tree for some instant holiday cheer! 

Happy crafting! 



  1. This is adorable! I love putting garlands on the tree, and unlike real popcorn and cranberries, this one could last longer than a year.

  2. omgosh! this is just totally charming. thanks for the great idea!


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