Cranberry and Christmas Cookie Garland by BH&G

Cranberry and Christmas Cookie Garland by BH&G

Cranberry Tea Lights -- simple and elegant by ChateauandBungalow.com

Cranberry Tea Lights — simple and elegant by ChateauandBungalow.com

Glittered fruit and natural elements with cranberry accents by Lowes.com

Glittered fruit and natural elements with cranberry accents by Lowes.com

Succulent and Cranberry Natural Centerpiece by cupcakesandcashmere

Succulent and Cranberry Natural Centerpiece by cupcakesandcashmere

Easy Cranberry Topiaries made with toothpicks and styrofoam balls. They could also be made with glue or decorative push pins

Easy Cranberry Topiary made with toothpicks and Styrofoam balls. They could also be made with glue or decorative push pins – from BH&G

Decorative push pins add even more sparkle to these Cranberry Mod Trees

Decorative push pins add even more sparkle to these Cranberry Mod Trees – from BH&G

How to Preserve Your handmadeMartha Stewart fresh cransberries Christmas Wreath

How to Preserve Your handmade Martha Stewart fresh cranberries Christmas Wreath

Dress up a plain cedar bough wreath with cranberries by OceanSpray.com

Dress up a plain cedar bough wreath with cranberries by OceanSpray.com

Easy, warm and welcoming cranberry Luminaria for the porch or path

Easy, warm and welcoming cranberry Luminaria for the porch or path. From BH&G

Cranberry and Holly Silverware and Napkin Ring Wrap

Cranberry and Holly Silverware and Napkin Ring Wrap

Whimsical Cranberry decor by SouthernLiving

Whimsical Cranberry decor by SouthernLiving

Orange and clove scented holiday centerpiece - found at ivydeleon.com

Orange and clove scented holiday centerpiece – found at ivydeleon.com

Cranberry covered star (or shape of our choice) by OceanSpray

Cranberry covered star (or shape of our choice) by OceanSpray.com

Simple handmade fresh cranberry napkin rings by epicurious.com

Simple handmade fresh cranberry napkin rings by epicurious.com

Cranberry Candle Arrangement and Vase Filler for the Holidays - by BH&G

Cranberry Candle Arrangement and Vase Filler for the Holidays – by BH&G

Cranberry-Covered Christmas Ornament Balls - by BH&G

Cranberry-Covered Christmas Ornament Balls – by BH&G

My Christams China - Royal Albert Old Country Rose Holiday Collection

My Christmas China – Royal Albert Old Country Rose Holiday Collection

As a child we strung popcorn and cranberries with sewing needles and thread. At the time I loved them, but as my world broadened, I saw that most people had store bought decorations and I began to think of ours as cheap and tacky. Little did I know that 40 some years later I’d realize I love the nostalgia of these berries carefully created into Christmas decorations and this year I’ve vowed to make a few.

Not only do I love cranberries, but the color is one of my favorites. I have Christmas china that we’ve only used once.  I’m insisting I use this year and these cranberry crafted items will look fabulous with them. Of course I’ll have to do some tweaking – first because although I love the silver accents in these, my plates have gold trim and I’ve just purchased gold charger plates to go under them. And we have a resident house cat that will likely think these were made for his enjoyment, so I’ll have to do some research to see if they’re harmful to him before embarking on any crafting.

While I’m still laid up in bed sick, I’m collecting my favorite Christmas decorating ideas and keeping them safe until I feel well enough to start moving on them.

I love the mix of colors and natural elements in these holiday cranberry crafts. What do you think about decorating with cranberries? Sweet and elegant or tacky?