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Cranberry Garland

Cranberry Garland

Cranberry Garland


  • Delicious recipe Prep time: 30 minutes


1 thin sewing needle

Strong cord or waxed dental floss

1-2 12-oz. bags Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries

Fresh popped popcorn, acorns, whole cinnamon sticks, pinecones, etc., optional

Drill, optional

Very fine drill bit (just wide enough to make a hole for the wire), optional

Pliers, optional


Start with a long length of thread and a thin needle. Knot one end of the string and add Ocean Spray® Fresh Cranberries one at a time by piercing through the center with the needle. Continue to make desired length; secure end with a large knot. To make stringing cranberries easier, use waxed dental floss or try waxing the needle and thread with beeswax.

If desired, alternate cranberries with other items like popcorn, whole cinnamon sticks, or wooden beads. For popcorn, simply thread through the center of the kernel. Cinnamon sticks can be threaded through their natural opening in the center of the stick. (For pinecones or acorns: use a power drill and a very fine bit that will drill a hole just big enough for the wire. Place paper towels on the work surface to catch acorn debris. Use pliers to hold the acorn securely at a slight angle — the top blade on the cap, and the lower blade on the bottom. Rest the pliers against the paper towels temporarily so the drill can "bite" into the acorn just under the cap. Then raise the pliers from the work surface so the drill can get through the acorn.)

Dispose of garland after a day or two, before berries get soft. To prolong the life of the garland, try spraying shellac on the cranberries after stringing them. To avoid staining, do not place the garland directly on lightly-painted surfaces or linens.

Caution: for the safety of wildlife and birds, do not use shellac if you plan to hang strings outdoors.


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For the Birds

Allison from Winter Springs, Florida 11/19/2013 at 10:19 AM

Grandkids string cranberries,popcorn,cheerios,any cereal with hole in middle for the birds. the birds seem to be drawn by the color red and love the treats.

dried version

I. E. from Toronto, ON 09/17/2010 at 06:58 PM

Is it possible to dry the cranberries, then shellac and string for a longer-lasting garland?

Fun family project or for groups

Nyla from Salem, SD 11/27/2007 at 10:44 PM

We have made this many times for our wildlife friends. We put poped corn with it and hang it on the trees so we can see it from the window.