Popcorn and Cranberry Wreath

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 -

Brenda

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Comments

  1. Holly says:

    I love it Brenda! I’ve wanted to try cranberries and popcorn every Christmas and I love your take on them.

  2. Margo says:

    Love the idea- but wondering if there was a way to attach the corn without a toxic glue- so the birds could eat it…hm Maybe honey??

  3. Margo says:

    Wondering if the corn could be attached with maybe honey? So that the birda could eat it??

    • Brenda says:

      Margo – I was thinking the same thing! I searched pinterest and found a version that Martha Stewart did, but the popcorn was strung before attached to the wreath. I really like that idea – then you can attach the strands to the wreath with floral pins that the birds couldn’t get to.

  4. Jane says:

    I love this, Brenda! I’m all thumbs but I honestly think I could make this. Your two girls are darling and really look like they are enjoying this!

    I had a dog like Belle, a dalmation. if you turned your head for a second, he would grab your food. He was so tall he could take it right off the table! We gave him to another family with the food warning…I wonder how he did! ;-D

    XO,
    Jane

    • Brenda says:

      Thanks Jane! I am laughing at that sneaky dalmation. Our dogs don’t even have the courtesy to wait until you turn your head! And the little girls don’t stand a chance against their theivery. I can’t even tell you how many ice cream cones, sandwiches, and snacks have been grabbed right out of their hands!!! There have been many tears as a result. ugh. One day I’ll train them. lol.

      You could definitely make this! Give it a try – it was kinda fun!

      Brenda

  5. Shannon Fox says:

    Well that is the cutest little thing! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one with popcorn and cranberries? It’s so festive!!

    • Brenda says:

      Thanks Shannon! Did you recognize the ribbon? Very similar to what you used on your mantel – lol!! Great minds….
      Brenda

  6. Beckie says:

    I saw this on Hometalk. I pinned it! So cute!

  7. I really love how this looks! Such a great idea!

  8. Leen says:

    I love this!! My little people would have so much fun making this cute wreath, I would have to double the batch of popcorn though, they are popcorn munchers!

    • Brenda says:

      I thought that mine would too! But unfortunately (fortunate for the wreath though!) they like the microwave kind with all of the butter and salt. I think that I’m going to have to transition them to this kind – much healthier!
      THanks Leen!

  9. Pam says:

    use peanut butter to stick the popcorn to stro foam and then the birds can eat it .

  10. so sweet and simple. Great idea,
    Deb@LakeGirlPaints

  11. I love this wreath! So refreshingly different!

  12. Laurie says:

    Your wreath looks good enough to eat. I may have to make one and put out for the birds to enjoy. It’ll be my Christmas gift to them. I’m visiting from Coastal Charm’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.

  13. I love this. I want to make one with my son during the long holiday break.

    Thanks for inspiring me.

  14. Anja says:

    Just saw your house feature on It’s Overflowing and I gotta tell you: Your house is truly amazing, I wish my garden looked as neat and charming! And I love that you are also crazy enough to make a popcorn wreath! I made mine two or three years ago, but I haven’t really found a place to hang it in our new home. Well, great minds think alike! ;-)

    • Brenda says:

      Thanks Anja – I have to stop over and see your place!
      Isn’t it funny how long the popcorn lasts?? I have popcorn garland from (probably) 10 years ago!!! It stays in a box every Christmas because of the dogs, but it still looks great. I might try to pull it out this year – it certainly can’t have any taste by now, maybe they won’t be tempted.

  15. I nominated you for the Liebster Award! You are amazing!
    http://www.dogsdonteatpizza.com/2012/12/i-was-nominated-for-award.html

  16. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful home tour today on my blog! Your home is so charming…I totally love all the vintages…LOVE! XO, Aimee

    • Brenda says:

      Aimee – Thank you so much for the opportunity! (And the motivation that I needed to get a few projects finished!)
      Brenda

  17. So fun! My daughter actually made a popcorn/cranberry garland today (our goldfish won’t eat them)!! Love this wreath – pinning!
    Kelly

  18. Ira Morse says:

    Wow popcorn turn into wreath…Ants will surely happy to celebrate this coming holidays…LOL by the way love the idea, I might try this one. :)

    • Brenda says:

      lol – Ira, I think the ants would be more interested in all of the unwrapped candy canes I have out for decoration! (out of doggie’s reach, of course!)
      Have a great day!

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