I found this project in an old Trash to Treasure book some time ago and always wanted to try it because it looked like it would be a fun craft to do with children around Christmas time. It uses two different kinds of packing-peanuts to mimic the look of an old-fashioned popcorn and gumdrop garland. In addition to being useable for more than one year, the non-edible materials make is less interesting to pets and pests! To begin, I used the snowman-shaped peanuts to form my “gumdrops.” (You can also use the peanuts that look like miniature figure 8’s for this step if the “snowman” style is not available to you.) After cutting them in half, I used several different bottles of acrylic paint in gumdrop colors to paint each one. Then I let them dry. The next step was to cover the painted peanuts in clear glitter. To do this more easily, I put some glue in a small container and dipped the peanuts into the glue and then into the glitter. Then I waited a little longer for that stage to dry. Then came the fun part–stringing the garland together! Using a long length of white yarn and a yarn needle, I threaded a clear button onto the yarn and secured it in place about ten inches or so from one end. Then I began stringing the garland with a “gumdrop” and then three to four (you can use as many as you like) of the “S”-shaped packing peanuts to mimic the look of popcorn. This is what the finished garland looked like draped from my fireplace mantle.
A popcorn garland is a wonderful way to be reminded that our joy at any time, not just at Christmas, is because Christ came to redeem us and give us abundant life!
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:1-5