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Decorating With Cranberries

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Budget Tip of the Day: Cranberry Christmas Trees

Create your own mini cranberry Christmas trees to display throughout your home this season.  All you need are foam cones, cranberries, and corsage pins to make these.  Simply use the corsage pin to attach the cranberries all over each cone.  Like the cranberry topiary balls, these will take you a little time, but they are so pretty–it’s worth it.  Display a grouping of varying sizes on a mantle, shelf, or use as a beautiful centerpiece.

Decorating With Cranberries

Budget Tip of the Day: Cranberry Ice Cubes

Add an extra special touch to any drink this holiday season by adding cranberry ice cubes.  Just put a few cranberries in each square of an ice cube tray.  Fill with water and freeze as normal.  Pop them out and add to any drink–even water.  You can put these in individual glasses or simply just drop a handful of fresh cranberries into a punch bowl or pitcher to dress it up.  Another simple idea is to freeze a whole bag of cranberries and use them as ice cubes all on their own.  Just pop a few cranberries into each glass to keep drinks cold and festive.

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Decorating With Cranberries

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Budget Tip of the Day: Cranberry Topiaries

These cranberry topiary balls take a little time to make, but they are easy and look fantastic.  Here is what you’ll need:

  • Cranberries
  • Toothpicks
  • Foam balls in varying sizes (available at any craft store)

Start by cutting all the toothpicks in half.  Place the cut side into the foam ball with the sharp pointy side facing out.  Then stick one cranberry into the toothpick.  Continue around the entire ball until it’s full.  It takes a minute to get the hang of it and figure out how close to place each toothpick.  I did a large ball and it took 2 bags of cranberries, one box of toothpicks, and about 2 hours to complete–a good project to do while you’re watching a movie.  They look really pretty.  Use different sized candle sticks to elevate each ball or use a champagne flute tipped upside down (from this tip) for an easy pedestal to display your creation.

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Decorating With Cranberries

Budget Tip of the Day: Cranberry Garland

Try switching up the traditional green garland by making one with cranberries instead.  This is so easy to make.  Just thread some fishing line on a needle and start stringing those cranberries.  For more variety, try adding popcorn or wooden beads to stretch your supply of cranberries.  Wrap the garland around your Christmas tree or drape it across the mantle.  You could also sting it through a chandelier or wrap it around some greenery to make a pretty centerpiece.

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This Week: Decorating With Cranberries

I have a HUGE love of cranberries!  I used them on my wedding cake and for our table centerpieces at our reception.  The vibrant red is perfect for Christmas decorating and now is the perfect time to start.  Fresh cranberries will stay good for for about 2-3 weeks without being refrigerated.  They are also cheap–just between one and two dollars per bag.  I’m starting this week off with my favorite cranberry vases.

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Budget Tip of the Day: Cranberry Candle Vases

This is one of the easiest and most beautiful centerpieces you can make.  Just a glass vase, a bag of cranberries, and a candle are all you need.  Pour the cranberries into the vase, place your candle on top, and surround the candle with a few more berries.  I did these for my wedding reception table centerpieces and also added an extra touch.  Once everything was in place, I filled the vases with Sprite.  The bubbles make the vase look sparkly inside.  So pretty and easy to do!

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Here is a picture of the top half of my wedding cake with the cranberries.  Sorry the photo is not very good–I had to scan it in from my album.

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