This craft is something known as an “oldy but goody,” meaning it is something that your grandparents or great-grandparents may have done, but it is still as great to do now as it was then. This is a great decoration for your home  or Christmas tree during this season, but what we really love is that you can use it to give a special treat to your neighborhood birds as well! If you take the time to do this craft project, take pictures of you and your family and your creation, and send them to us at kidsview@adventistreview.org. Because you will need to pop popcorn and use a needle to thread it, you should have an adult around to help—a great family activity, but try not to eat more than you thread!
 
What You’ll Need
 
Popped popcorn (plain, unsalted, and unbuttered is best)
large bowl
medium-size needle
white thread (or dental floss or silk quilting thread, or even eight-pound clear fishing line works well)
scissors
rubber thimble
 
How to Do It
 
1.      Pop your popcorn (however you and an adult decide to do it) and keep the kernels in your large bowl. Cool your popcorn and let it sit out awhile to get just a wee bit stale (that will prevent it from cracking when you thread it).
2.      Thread your needle but do not cut your thread (or floss or wire) from the spool. It will take a lot of it depending on where you want to hang your garland.
3.      Begin stringing one popcorn at a time by inserting the tip of the needle right through the center of each piece. Keep sliding down each piece of popcorn to the end before you thread the next one. Once you have created a garland of the length you want it to be, tie off the end of the thread securely so that the popcorn can’t fall off, and cut it from the spool (an adult would be great to help with this part if you need it).
4.      Use your popcorn garland to decorate a bush or small tree outside to feed the birds, or you can use it inside your home wherever you wish!
 

Extra Tips
You can add food coloring to the popcorn to make it festive—think green and red! The rubber thimble can prevent needle sticks to your fingers, so use one and be very, very careful.