1. Only use stale popcorn. I recommend popping it the day before you want to use it and putting it in the refrigerator until you're ready. Why? Because if you use fresh popcorn, when you poke it with the needle it'll crumble. Ask me how I know.
2. Only use the hardest cranberries in the bag. Those soft, plump, delicious-looking ones? Don't use those. Because if you do they will bleed all over your popcorn, therefore dissolving it and making you start all over. Ask me how I know.
3. Always start your garland with a cranberry first. The reason for this is that the cranberry will be a lot less likely to slide off of your knot.
4. Always end with a popcorn.
5. Only do about 5 feet of garland at a time. That keeps it from getting tangled.
Ok, now that we have our tips, we're ready to go!
First, measure out about 10 feet of fishing line (I just arm-span and doubled it). Thread it through the needle so that it's doubled over and tie it in a double knot at the end.
Then repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat some more, again and again until you only have about 6 inches left of string. Then cut and tie it in a knot. Hang it on the tree. Make another garland, and add it onto the end of the last one. Repeat until the tree is filled!
This is our tree this year. The decorations are very simple. Pine cones, popcorn and cranberry garland, and cinnamon dough ornaments. I love it. The best part is that the we made every thing that went on the tree (well, except the pine cones...God made those.)