Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Although things are different this year, I hope you’re still enjoying your day! Normally, we host about 20-25 family members but this year it’s just the four of us. As I planned our meal, I realized I could simplify a few things this year. For instance, usually I make homemade cranberry sauce ahead of time but I decided to go with the easier canned version. (My guys prefer that anyway!) Of course, then I had to decide what to do with the leftover cranberries I had purchased.
So, I gathered up some ideas of what I’ve done with cranberries in the past. I’ll share them below with links to the full projects. Just yesterday, I tried a new-to-me craft…I made some mason jar luminaries for Christmas!…
Here is What You Need to Make Mason Jar Luminaries:
- Mason Jars
- Fresh Cranberries
- Evergreen clippings
- Floating candles or tealights
- Ribbon (optional) I ended up not using mine.
Simply stuff the evergreen clippings into the mason jars. Top with cranberries, fill with water and place a candle on top. You can tie a ribbon around the top too but I ended up liking mine without the ribbon. Plus, I’m not very skilled at making decorative bows…so there’s that.
By the way, I filled my mason jars with so many cranberries and green clippings that I didn’t even need floating candles. Instead of actually floating, the candles just sat on top of all the fillers. Of course, you could always use less “stuff” and more water if you want more of a floating effect.
*Tip – Tealight candles will float if you remove their metal base.
Anyway, this was a super easy craft that could be used for a centerpiece, across a mantel or even to light up a walkway to your home.
Here are a few more ideas if you don’t know what to do with leftover cranberries:
Create a Simple Centerpiece to Decorate Your Table:
As you can see, this centerpiece is an even easier version of the mason jar luminaries. I just filled a glass hurricane with a candle and cranberries, then placed it all on a mini wreath. If you want to see more details from this table, pop over to – Colorful and Festive Christmas Table.
In the past, I’ve done similar centerpieces with leftover cranberries:
When I decorate a table, I always try to use some natural elements. Fresh cranberries always look so festive in a glass hurricane!
If you happen to have leftover dried cranberries, add them to a salad:
For this salad, I simply combined arugula with dried cranberries, feta cheese, walnuts and olive oil. Yum.
If you love arugula like I do, check out my 3 Simple Ways to Make Arugula Salad.
In addition to my ideas, I found even more creative cranberry projects from around the internet…
This looks like a fun craft!
I’d love to make some of these cranberry Christmas trees!
If you’re still hungry, here is a great collection of cranberry recipes!
Now, you should have plenty of ideas of what to do with leftover cranberries!
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
So, what are your favorite leftover ideas?
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