How to Make a Popcorn Garland

How to Make a Popcorn Garland

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How to Make a Popcorn Garland | There is something so magically simple about popcorn garlands. It truly embodies what I want in a holiday season as things start to get so incredibly extra. Maybe I’m just easily overwhelmed at this point in my life, I don’t know. The ads blasting from all directions, the obligatory gift giving, and the constant pressure to make everything perfect all of the time is too much. It’s all too much, don’t you think?

“That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it? That’s what it’s always been about. Gifts, gifts… gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts, gifts! You wanna know what happens to your gifts? They all come to me. In your garbage. You see what I’m saying? In your garbage. I could hang myself with all the bad Christmas neckties I found at the dump. And the avarice. The avarice never ends! ‘I want golf clubs. I want diamonds. I want a pony so I can ride it twice, get bored and sell it to make glue.’ Look, I don’t wanna make waves, but this whole Christmas season is stupid, stupid, stupid!” – The Grinch

Ok, ok so yea, I may be on Team Grinch but seriously though, Christmas has become a time of celebrating consumption. We’ve GOT to change it back to the real reasons.

Related: How Zero Waste Improved my Holiday Spirit

That popcorn garland is an important reminder to slow down. A reminder that there is peace in something so simple as popping some corn and sitting on the living room floor stringing popcorn on thread with your special someone. That is more of a memory than running to Wal-Mart and buying a bag of plastic ornaments.

Popcorn Garland

Rather than rushing out to instantly gratify your desire to deck your halls and decorate your tree with a bunch of plastic garbage that doesn’t create any memories, making holiday decorations with your loved ones is so much more important.

How to Make a Popcorn Garland

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Popcorn Garland

How to make a festive, zero waste popcorn garland.
Prep Time 5 minutes


  • Pot with lid
  • Stove
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors


  • 1/2 cup popcorn kernels
  • 2 TB Olive Oil


  • Add popcorn and oil to a pot and cover.
  • Turn the burner to medium high heat.
  • Once popcorn starts to pop, shake the pot back and forth on the burner while keeping the lid closed. This will keep the popcorn sliding around and prevent burning.
  • Once the popping dies down, remove from heat and let cool.
  • Once popcorn is cool, thread a needle while leaving the thread attached to the spool. This is to allow for the proper length of garland. It's almost impossible to tell how long to cut the string to ensure all of the popcorn fits.
  • Poke the needle through the center part of each individual piece of popcorn pulling them down as you go.
  • Once you've threaded all of the popcorn, tie off the string around the last and first pieces of popcorn and knot so that the popcorn doesn't come off.
  • Hang on the tree however you like.

Put on some Christmas movies and start stringing popcorn. It’s very therapeutic and such a fun activity to do after a long day. Plus, you get to munch as you go. You may want to pop extra, just in case.

At the end of the season, take the strings of popcorn and layer them on bushes or hang them in trees for wildlife. Trust me, there will absolutely ZERO waste!

And that’s it, that’s how to make a popcorn garland. So, so simple and so, so rewarding.

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