Cranberries make their appearance as a side dish staple this time of year, but we think they are the perfect ingredient for adding festive holiday color to your table and decor. The following projects are all relatively easy so you won’t get bogged down—which makes them perfect for enlisting the kiddos. Plus most of them take just a few minutes (and are pretty cheap to pull off, too!). Read on for our crantastic list.

easy-holiday-table-decor-todayscreativelife-com-editphoto: Today’s Creative Life

5-Minute Holiday Luminaries
When you want something stunning for your centerpiece but want to buy almost nothing, check out these five-minute luminaries from Kim Demmon of Today’s Creative Life. With just a few items, this simple (and simply amazing) candle project can be on your table or mantle. Get the kiddos in on this one, they will shine with pride when it’s done. Skip on over to Today’s Creative Life to get the full tutorial.

cranberry-wreath-place-cardsphoto: Say Yes

Mini Cranberry Wreath Place Cards
Holiday gatherings mean plenty of table guests and we found the perfect festive detail by Liz Stanley at Say Yes. These fresh cranberry mini-wreaths will delight your guests and we think they’d make perfect ornaments for any tree, too. Click here to check out the how-to steps at Say Yes. 

cranberry jelly people photo: Andrew Malone via flickr 

Cranberry Shapes
Going for the classic canned cranberry sauce this year? Kick your tradition up a notch with a perfectly festive and super easy twist: just slice the cranberry sauce as usual and then use small cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Stars, hearts, holiday trees or even little people can all become part of the meal. This is a great idea for the kid’s table, too. Serve on a pretty platter and bam! You’ve got whimsy on a dish (and a dime). 

cranberry garland with cheerios photo: Kim Love via flickr

Classic Cranberry Garland
String the fun along with a simple popcorn and cranberry garland that can be draped over a centerpiece or used as decor along a wall, mantel or on your holiday tree. You can even use it for outdoor decoration/snack for the birdies. For the easy how-to click here. We love the idea of subbing Cheerios for popcorn, which can be easier for little chubby fingers to string. 

popcorn and cranberry wreathphoto: Cottage4c

Popcorn & Cranberry Wreath
Brenda McDevitt knows a thing or two about crafting and this gorgeous wreath proves it. When her kiddos wanted to string cranberry and popcorn to decorate the tree, she had to rethink the plan thanks to two hungry, nosy dogs. Her idea? Reconstruct the ingredients into a beautiful wreath (that you can hang up high). Get her tips for making your own by visiting Cottage4c.


What’s your favorite cranberry project? Share it with our community in the comments below. 

—Amber Guetebier