This season, make every gathering a memorable occasion with a little handmade creativity. Eight Etsy sellers teamed up with Whole Foods Market to create a series of DIY craft tutorials aimed to make your holiday entertaining a bit sweeter. Emily Horak is the owner and lead designer for Potter + Butler Handmade, a company that specializes in embellishing sweets and celebrations the handmade way. A former event planner, she also spends her creative days writing about handmade celebration details for wedding and lifestyle publications and blogs.
When the Thanksgiving feast comes to a close, the attention of grateful (and pleasantly full) dinner guests shifts to delightful anticipation of the festive holiday dessert: a warm pie. Top it with a festive handmade sugared cranberry garland for a memorable dessert that looks as good as it tastes.
You will need:
2 8″ natural bamboo skewers
Covered glass bowl
2 cups fresh cranberries
4 cups sugar
2 cups water
Large cookie sheet
Step 1: Create a simple syrup by heating two cups water and two cups sugar to a simmer. Remove from heat and let cool for about three to five minutes.
Step 2: Pour the simple syrup into a medium glass bowl, then add the fresh cranberries. Cover and place in the refrigerator allowing the cranberries to soak overnight. The next morning, drain the cranberries.
Step 3: Put about one cup of sugar in each of two bowls. Divide the cranberries evenly among the two bowls. Shake cranberries in the sugar bowls so that cranberries are evenly coated.
Step 4: Place sugared cranberries on a large cookie sheet for about three hours. Once the cranberries are dry and the sugar does not come off to the touch, the cranberries are ready for stringing.
Step 5: To string the sugared cranberry garland, take a strand of bakers twine, about 11″ long, and thread through a needle. String the sugared cranberries one by one. Once the garland is perfectly pleasing to your eye, tie each end of the garland to a skewer. Put it on top of the pie, and enjoy!
Tip: Create as many garland layers as you wish. Keep the overall look simple with one, or kick up the drama of it all by stacking the garlands three deep. To make use of any extra sugared cranberries, garnish each plate with a few when serving up that delicious pie.
All photos by Emily Horak.
Find this tutorial and other DIY how-to’s at your local Whole Foods Market store. Be sure to check out the Etsy + Whole Foods Market page to shop their favorite holiday gifts on Etsy.