How to string cranberries for Christmas tree decorations

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How to string cranberries for Christmas tree decorations
Accessorise a country-style tree with jewel-bright cranberry garlands. (Dynamic Graphics/Dynamic Graphics Group/Getty Images)

Cranberries add bitter-sweet festive flavour to sauces that accompany roast turkey meals at Christmas time. The firmness of ripened cranberries and their ruby-red colour also makes them ideal for use as decorations on a Christmas tree garland. At the end of the holiday season, you can remove the dried-out cranberries from the garland and sprinkle them over your lawn or bird table to provide food for hungry birds.

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Things you need

  • Christmas tree
  • String ball
  • Scissors
  • Fishing line
  • Needle
  • Cranberries
  • Bowls

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    Place your chosen Christmas tree into a large space in your room. Tie the end of a string ball to the top of the Christmas tree. Hold the string ball and walk around the tree to wind the string around it from top to bottom. Cut the string and then unwind it from the tree You can now use the length of string as an approximate guide to the length required for a cranberry garland that you can wrap twice around the tree.

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    Cut clear fishing line to double the length of the piece of string. Thread one end of the fishing line onto a large, sharp-pointed needle and tie a knot at the opposite end of the fishing line.

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    Place the fresh cranberries into a large bowl. Select cranberries that are of similar size and place them into a smaller-sized bowl.

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    Take a cranberry from the smaller bowl and thread it onto the fishing line. Take the cranberry to the end of the fishing line so that it sits against the knotted end. Continue to thread cranberries onto the fishing line until you reach a distance of about 7cm (3.5 inches) from the end of the line. Knot the end of the line and then snip off any excess.

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