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« on: December 13, 2004 09:55:26 PM »

my huge family just had our annual family christmas party a few weekends ago.  one of my cousins was assigned tree decorating so we all helped her. one tree we did a popcorn garland, another we did a cranberry garland and the last was sort of craftster-esque. we cut out celebrities from tons of magazines and matched them with people from our family (we would match by looks, personality, or name). then we pasted them on green and red poster board, labeled with the name of the party go-er, cut them out, punched holes and tied ribbon. voil! it was fun making the ornaments but our family really enjoyed it. they all wanted to see which celebrity they were. no photo, i'm sorry.... but the tree looked really cool with about 60 of these celebrity ornaments

haha... i was lindsay lohan (i wish!)

edit: it was SUPER cheap to make too. old magazines, some ribbon lying around and 2 posters!
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2004 09:24:45 AM »

That sounds like fun. I have a question about the cranberry garland. I've been wanting to make this for my tree but... won't the cranberries rot?? Do you seal them with something? Also does the popcorn garland smell? I have visions of my house smelling like a movie theater. Sorry for the silly questions, I think these would look great on my tree, but I'm scared. Educate me please!
« Reply #2 on: December 14, 2004 10:59:00 AM »

Larew, I can't speak for cranberry garlands, but with popcorn, keep in mind that you're not necessarily trying to make it taste good. So, you can air pop it and skip any additives -- like butter -- that have the potential to go bad.
« Reply #3 on: December 17, 2004 12:50:20 PM »

true... thanks!
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2004 05:53:50 PM »

Also does the popcorn garland smell? I have visions of my house smelling like a movie theater.
At Christmas I get together with my high school friends to have a Secret Santa party and we always make popcorn garland using kettle corn. It doesn't have the butter on it, so it won't smell bad (unless you burn it obviously) but we also think it tastes better--good for popping a few into your mouth between stringing them. Smiley Good luck!

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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2004 10:10:32 PM »

larew-- as for the cranberries rotting... we strung them a whole week before the party so by partytime they were shriveled but still recognizable..... next time i would not string them so far before.
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« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2004 11:58:37 PM »

Unless you live in a very humid climate, the cranberries should be fine.  Here in Nebraska, it's very humid in the summer, but in winter, especially with the furnace running, it's gets very dry.  The cranberries just dry up.  We made a garland with cranberries AND popcorn a few years ago and had it on our tree from Thanksgiving to New Years with absolutely no problems.  The whole, fresh cranberries just dry up.  (We have an air popper.  That's right, we make our popcorn the old-school way.  Well, not the old old-school way, a la stove top, but still.  Much better than microwave popcorn.  Just air pop some Orville, scoop out a bowlful and add butter, then string the non-buttered stuff while eating the buttered.  yum!)

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2004 08:29:47 PM »

our microwave door broke almost a year ago now (holy smokes, a year!) and we have this TINY little kitchen so I decided to go without a microwave for a while  (oh that blessed extra counter space and the now empty outlet).  The only thing we missed was popcorn, and since an air popper takes up counter space as well, we were kind of sad.

Until we discovered that they still make Jiffy Pop!  Hurray for that space-age-retro aluminum-foil balloon!

I'm glad your ornaments were a hit, maybe you've spawned a new family tradition!
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2004 02:52:24 PM »

when I went to Cape Cod, we picked wild cranberries and planned to make a garland. Since that was in October, the cranberrys went bad. Does anyone know a way to preserve them?

By the way, the celebrity thing sounds cool.
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