We have 2 dogs – our cute puggle Zoey (who frequently photobombs blog pics) and our big beast (very sweet beast) doberman Belle. Both of these dogs have absolutely no manners when it comes to food that’s within their reach. It drives me craaaazy! I’ve been watching the Dog Whisperer lately and I’m determined to use some of his methods on my two little piggies.
What does that have to do with a wreath??
The little girls asked to string popcorn and cranberries for the tree. I love the look, but I learned my lesson the hard way that popcorn garland is not a good idea when you share a house with 2 vulture-like doggies.
That’s how the idea of a popcorn wreath was born. Here’s our version (as I’m sure there are others out there!)…
We popped the corn in a brown paper (lunch) bag in the microwave. Add 1/4 cup of popcorn to the bag, fold the top over twice, and cook it for 2 minutes. No oil necessary.
We covered a 10-inch wreath, and it took about 3/4 cup uncooked popcorn total.
Before you start covering the wreath with popcorn, attach a hanger to the back of the wreath. The popcorn is fragile, and you don’t want to have to turn it over to attach a hanger when it’s done. Mine isn’t fancy – I just doubled some wire, put hot glue on the ends, and poked it into the styrofoam.
I actually made one of these wreaths when we were at my mom’s on Thanksgiving. For that one, I used a hot glue gun to attach all of the popcorn. It worked well, but it wasn’t very kid-friendly. If you don’t have any little helpers for this, the glue gun is probably your best option. Just make sure to use it on low heat – if the glue is too hot it will melt the styrofoam.
I forgot to bring the wreath home with me, so my mom got a new wreath for her door. Yay, mom!
Since the little girls were helping me with this one, we used Tacky glue.
Dip each piece of popcorn in glue, and stick it to the wreath. So simple!
Looks like two little girls ran from the hair brush this morning – wow! Chloe is sporting a black eye after a run-in with a reindeer yesterday. She was helping set up the reindeer in the yard and the ‘daddy’ as she calls him, tipped over and bumped her eye. Guess I’ll hold off on taking the Christmas card pictures for a week!
We added a bunch of layers – I wanted the top to be rounded, so we added more around the center of the wreath.
When you get to entire wreath covered, glue the cranberries randomly. (I used the glue gun for this – I didn’t think craft glue would hold the berries.) Keep adding popcorn so the wreath is more rounded, and the cranberries look like they’re nestled into the popcorn instead of just stuck on top of it.
Continue adding popcorn and cranberries until you’re happy with the shape.
Add a bow, and hang!
Hopefully Belle won’t try to jump up and grab it! I’m hoping that she prefers her popcorn with butter.
Much love –