During the holidays, you will likely encounter cranberries. This
seasonal berry makes frequent appearances at holiday meals. While
they are delicious in recipes, cranberries can also be used for
creative pursuits-including homemade holiday decor.
Your kids will love to work with this unusual craft supply while
also helping to set a festive mood for family celebrations.
Use a Bundt pan to create an unconventional holiday wreath as an
outdoor decoration. Begin by filling the Bundt pan ²/³ full with
cold water. Distribute 1 to 1½ cups of cranberries into the water.
Add a small branch of holly leaves or other seasonal greenery as an
optional decoration. Place the Bundt pan into the freezer on a
level surface until the water is frozen solid (best to let it sit
Have all of your supplies ready before you remove the pan from
the freezer because you will need to work quickly to get your
wreath outside before it melts. Cut a length of ribbon to hang your
wreath. Take the pan out of the freezer, turn it upside down and
place your hand on top of the pan. Hold it above the sink and run
warm water over the bottom of the pan. After about 10 seconds,
carefully pry the frozen ice wreath from the pan. Loop the ribbon
through the middle of the wreath so that it is even on both sides.
Tie the ribbon around a tree branch and proudly display your
cranberry ice wreath.
Note that this project will only work when the outside
temperature is below freezing for a sustained period of time.
Cranberries can also be used to embellish table decorations such
as poms (decorative balls) or trees. This project would be a great
activity for kids to do at a holiday get-together while they wait
for the meal to be ready. Begin with a foam shape purchased from
the craft store. The best options are either a ball or a
cone-shaped tree. In preparation for this project, an adult needs
to cut several dozen toothpicks in half or cut larger wooden dowels
or skewers into 1 ½-inch pieces.
Before you begin, remind kids to be careful when working with
the pointy toothpicks. Carefully insert one end of the toothpick or
wooden piece into a cranberry. Next, insert the other end of the
toothpick into the foam shape. Press until secure. Place the
cranberries as close together as possible. Repeat until the foam
shape is covered with cranberries. Display on your holiday
Caitlin Murray Giles is a full-time mother of three and part-time freelance writer living in Wicker Park.
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