First, a very Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I hope tomorrow and this weekend are absolutely wonderful for you and your families! I have a huge list of to-dos for today to get ready for tomorrow, and I’m so excited for the friends (all non-American btw – they’re such good friends!) who will be spending the day with us.
This weekend is extra special for me, because it’s when I start putting out all the Christmas decorations! I don’t have an enormous collection of decorations, but I do try to add a little something new to the mix each year. Next year, once baby number two is in the picture, I’m planning to get us all matching and embroidered stockings.
Since we don’t have too many holiday stores here in Barbados, you often have to either plan really far in advance (like me and my stocking project) or try your hand at a DIY project. In fact, DIY is often the best way to go, because really…who has time to plan ahead? So here’s a favorite that easily adds a bit of sparkle to the tree and can be changed each and every year – painted popcorn garland.
So Ree and I pulled out a few supplies and got to work.
It’s incredibly easy and the results are just fantastic. Draped within the Christmas tree, intertwined in garland or hung from the mantle, it’s versatile and can easily be placed anywhere. Plus the color options are endless! Have a designated kiddie tree? Try fun colors like pink, purple or blue. Do you have a modern monochromatic Christmas tree? Try using that color, white for example, and then add glitter spray paint for a gorgeous sparkly touch!
- Large bowl of plain popped popcorn - amount will depend on the area being decorated.
- Upholstery needle
- Spray paint
- Large box or working area
- Place popcorn in a large box and spray paint, coating all sides equally. Then let dry completely.
- Using an upholstery needle and thick thread or a double layer of sewing thread, thread painted garland.
- Place a knot in the thread at the beginning and end of each strand.
- Creating strands no longer than approximately 4 feet in length will make it easier to hang on the tree.
- Just cause it needs to be said...if you paint it, do not eat it!
- Be extra careful with small children and/or pets.
- Using stale and plain popcorn offers the best results.
- If you decide to use it outside, the birds and (possibly frightful animals) will eat it. Therefore, no butter and no paint on your outside garland.
- Upholstery needles are not necessary, but are a little stronger and make the process a little easier.
- The garland can easily be stored in an airtight container and used for the following year. You could possibly get three or four years from one strand!
See how easy it is? Well, if DIY is just not your thing or it’s likely the popcorn is to be eaten before you even begin (if it wasn’t for the paint, believe me there would be no popcorn garland!), then you must try out some of these holiday popcorn recipes.
They are so yummy!
What are your DIY plans for the holidays? Are you a popcorn addict like me?