Add Some POP to Your Thanksgiving With This DIY Turkey Leg Craft for Kids

It’s not Thanksgiving without a savory gobbler showcased at the table! While the adults are having their own fun, set up a crafting table for the kids to “carve” their own turkey with this creative DIY Turkey Leg craft idea! Wait until you see the poppin’ surprise that awaits once the turkey legs are torn open.


Alternatively, children can make these while the Thanksgiving meal prep is going on for use as place cards at the table. Fill them up with your favorite popcorn flavor and wait for the fun to pop! Get the entire how-to at Celebrations.com.

Halloween Crafts for Kids: DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

halloween-crafts-for-kids-diy-popcorn-witch-hands-1Brew up some magic this season with creepy and cool Halloween crafts for kids! Using just plastic gloves (unpowdered), candy corn, and spider rings, we turned our original butter popcorn into a deliciously wicked Halloween snack – a craft that can be recreated by ghouls and goblins of all ages!

This DIY popcorn witch hands idea is perfect for family night, for festive classroom fun, or for a fun (and delicious) children’s Halloween party activity. You can even tie a nametag and use them as place cards or party favors – how bewitching!

Party planning tip: if you’re planning on turning this poppin’ Halloween craft into a children’s Halloween party activity, it is recommended that you first prepare a separate crafting area. Line the table with newspaper or disposable table cloth and provide several small bowls filled with scoopers and popcorn for less mess and more fun!

Supplies for DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

Popcorn
Plastic gloves (unpowdered)
Candy corn
Spider rings
Twist ties or ribbon

Directions for DIY Popcorn Witch Hands

halloween-crafts-for-kids-diy-popcorn-witch-handsFirst, slide 1 candy corn piece into each finger slot for the nails. Then, add your popcorn, leaving some room at the ends. Use a twist tie or ribbon to seal the ends.

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Slide a spider finger onto your witch’s hand and bubble, bubble toil and trouble – you’ve got a tasty Halloween treat that’s fun to eat!

Scholar-Inspired Snacks: DIY Graduation Cap Popcorn Balls

graduation-party-desserts_grad-cap-popcorn-ballCelebrate your special scholar with a party celebrating their important achievement! We gave our famous popcorn balls a scholar-worthy graduation dessert, worthy of an A. We put this adorable treat on a stick for a fun presentation, but you can opt to omit this piece and lay out on a festive plate or in cupcake wrappers.

Personalize this graduation dessert idea even further by using the graduate’s school colors for the licorice tassels!

Supplies for DIY Graduation Cap Popcorn Balls

The Popcorn Factory popcorn balls
graduation-party-desserts_grad-cap-popcorn-ball_suppliesLicorice – make sure it’s the kind you can easily pull apart.
Candy eyeballs
Chocolate squares (the Harry London chocolate squares were the perfect size)
Small coated candies
Peanut butter cups
Frosting (to be used as adhesive)
Skewers (optional)

Directions for DIY Graduation Cap Popcorn Balls

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First, prepare your candies. This may include unwrapping the peanut butter cups and pulling up the licorice strings.

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Once your candies are ready, it’s time to start decorating! Using the frosting as an edible adhesive, add a black licorice smile and edible eyeballs to make the face.

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Now that your graduation dessert has it’s million dollar smile on, it’s time to dress it up with an edible graduation cap! To make the cap, add a layer of frosting to the top of the popcorn ball head, then place the peanut butter cup, larger side down. Then, add another layer of frosting to the top of the peanut butter cup, and place a chocolate square on top. Then, add another dash of frosting and add the licorice “tassles,” and top with a small coated candy.

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If you want to serve on a stick, grab a skewer and push the pointed side of the skewer into the bottom of the popcorn ball until secure. Add some filler to a vase and they’re ready to present and serve!

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Make Pastel Popcorn with this Edible Paint Recipe for Kids

If you’re looking for some creative activities for kids that require little to no prep work and supervision, use our edible paint recipes to “paint” all kinds of delicious things – from cookies to fruits.

Edible Paint Recipe

The kids will love channeling their inner artist while learning how to safely use a brush. You may even choose to have them mix the colors themselves! They can see in action how different color combinations work and also just how the amount of pigment affects the final project.

Be sure to set up a craft area for the kids as this activity can certainly get messy. Line your tables with old newspapers and make sure kids are wearing clothing they can comfortably get messy in.

Supplies for Pastel Popcorn Activity for Kids

How to Make Edible PaintPlain Yogurt
Food Coloring
Finger bowls
Brush
Popcorn

Directions for Edible Paint Recipe

Scoop a few spoons of yogurt into a finger bowl or similar dish. Add a few drops of food coloring and mix.

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Add additional food coloring as necessary to get the desired color you want.

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Now that your edible paint is made, clear an area for your child to get to the fun part. Be sure to provide a water cup so they can rinse off the brush when switching colors.

Sweet and Simple Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Looking for the perfect sweet movie night snack? Look no further than these drool-worthy Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes. These popcorn cupcakes are so sweet and simple to make, and the recipe can be customized to suit your taste buds.

All you need to make these easy popcorn cupcakes are your favorite flavor cake mix, some buttercream frosting, and caramel popcorn! Pair that with our printable popcorn cupcake wrappers, and you’ve got the perfect sweet treat for movie night, a circus themed party, or even just for a fun midweek snack!

Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Supplies for Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes
Your favorite flavor of cake mix
Buttercream frosting
Caramel Popcorn
Cupcake tin
Spatula
Printable popcorn cupcake wrappers

Directions for Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Step 1: Prepare cake mix using directions on box. Pour batter into cupcake tin to create cupcake shape and pop into the oven.

Popcorn Cupcake Wrappers

Step 2: While the cupcakes are baking, download and print the printable popcorn cupcake wrappers. Cut out the liners and add glue or tape to the tabs to seal into the circular shape. Once you have all of the popcorn cupcake wrappers created, set aside.

Step 3: Once the cupcakes are baked and ready, let cool for 15-20 minutes. Once sufficiently cooled, use a spatula to spread the buttercream frosting on top. This will serve as a delicious adhesive for the popcorn.

Step 4: Once frosted, add the caramel popcorn! When you feel like you have enough popcorn on your cupcakes, simply slip into the popcorn cupcake wrappers and enjoy!

Buttercream Caramel Popcorn Cupcakes

Upcycled Popcorn Tin: DIY Pet Bed and Scratcher

If you’re like us and can’t resist the flavor-packed crunch of popcorn, chances are you’re always looking for ways to reuse popcorn tins after you’ve finished munching on the main attraction. In honor of National Love Your Pet Day on February 20th, we’ve created this simple upcycled popcorn tin craft that turns your old snack tin into a new toy and hideaway for your favorite furry friend!

If you’re looking for more popcorn tin crafts, check out our easy DIY pet food storage container and let your creativity pop!

Upcycled Popcorn Tin: DIY Pet Bed

I purchased a large ball of twine from the local hardware store, and hardly made a dent in it with this project. Additionally, you may choose to use an old throw blanket to line the popcorn tin for a thrifty and inexpensive DIY idea!

Lay this “bed” on its side for easy cozying access! Get creative with how you customize your furry friend’s furniture. You can throw pillows inside, line it with catnip underneath, or attach toys to the top – the possibilities are endless!

Supplies for DIY Upcycled Popcorn Tin Pet Bed:

Large popcorn tin
Sisal Twine
Non-toxic liquid adhesive
Foam Brush
Furry fabric or old blanket – 1-2 yards

Directions for DIY Upcycled Popcorn Tin Pet Bed:

Step 1: Clean out popcorn tin. Once clean, dry fully.

Upcycled Popcorn Tin: DIY Pet Bed

Step 2: Starting from the bottom, use the foam brush to rub adhesive around large chunk of tin. Do not cover whole tin as adhesive will dry out before you are finished. Take twine and apply to adhesive, holding the first piece down for 15 seconds or so to seal. Continue wrapping tightly around.

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Every few rows, push down the twine to tighten.

Upcycled Popcorn Tin: DIY Pet Bed

Apply more adhesive as necessary and continue until you have covered the whole outside. Set aside to dry.

Step 3: Take fabric and cut out necessary pieces. You will need three pieces for this project; two rectangles measuring at 18” X 16”, and one circle measuring at a 13” circumference.

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To create the circle, you can also trace the bottom of the popcorn tin against the fabric using pencil or fabric marker.

Step 4: Once the twine is dry, use the foam brush to apply adhesive to the bottom of the tin. Lay the circle shaped fabric piece and hold for 15-20 seconds to secure.

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Step 5: Now for the final step, apply a thick, evening coating of adhesive to the inside of the popcorn tin. Gently place one piece fabric (furry side out) against the adhesive. Apply the second piece of fabric to the remaining area and hold down to secure. Doesn’t that just look so cozy?!

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Once secured, trim remaining fabric to your liking. We left some extra fabric to create a more refined look, but you can add more or less depending on how you want the final project to look.

Put it on its side, and now you have a fun and creative DIY pet bed and scratcher for your furry friend to sleep and play in! Your pets will love using their claws to scratch at the twine, and taking their afternoon nap in a warm, tight, and fuzzy space!

Beat the Summer Heat With Popcorn Ice Cream Cones!

Popcorn Ice Cream ConesStepping out into the scorching summer sun with frozen ice cream could turn snack time into a hot, sticky disaster rather than a refreshing retreat. Looking for a popcorn ice cream recipe that won’t melt into a puddle? These popcorn ice cream cones are the perfectly sweet-and-salty way to cool off on the hottest summer day … without the mess!

Popcorn Ball Decorating KitWhat You’ll Need

12-ounce bag milk or white chocolate chips
The Popcorn Factory’s Popcorn Ball Decorating Kit
1 package ice cream cones
1 large bag candy
Champagne flutes (one for each ice cream cone)
2 large forks

How to Make Popcorn Ice Cream Cones

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  1. Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl and heat them up for about 2 minutes until the chocolate has completely melted. Make sure to stop the microwave every 30 seconds to stir the chocolate so that it doesn’t burn.
    Ice Cream Cone Dipped in Chocolate and Filled With Candy
  2. Dip the rim of an ice cream cone into the melted chocolate, and then place the cone bottom-down into a champagne flute. Make sure the ice cream cone sits snugly and securely in the glass without wobbling around. Fill the cone with your favorite candy and a few chocolate chips, and allow the chocolate to dry.
    Popcorn Ball Dipped in Chocolate and Placed on top of Ice Cream Cone
  3. Using two forks, dip a popcorn ball from your Popcorn Ball Decorating Kit into the melted chocolate and let the excess chocolate drip away into the bowl. Then place the chocolate-covered ball directly on top of the dipped cone sitting in the champagne flute.
    Chocolate-Covered Popcorn Ball Ice Cream Cone Decorated With Sprinkles
  4. Before the chocolate hardens, quickly use the giant sprinkles and decorative candies in your Popcorn Ball Decorating Kit to garnish your ice cream cone and make it look even more lifelike! Repeat steps 2 through 4 for each cone.
    Ice Cream Cone Made With a Chocolate-Covered Popcorn Ball
  5. Place the cones, along with their champagne glasses, in the refrigerator to cool off for a half hour, or until the chocolate completely hardens. When they’re ready, take the cones out of the champagne glasses and enjoy a deliciously cool snack that’s sure to beat the heat!

What other kinds of refreshing summer snacks will you make with your popcorn this summer?

Spring Is in Bloom! Celebrate With DIY Popcorn Flowers

Popcorn Flower ArrangementSpring has finally sprung, and colorful flowers will soon be popping out of the ground! Give the fresh new season a warm welcome by making these adorable (and incredibly simple!) DIY popcorn flowers.

What You’ll Need

1 Popcorn Factory popcorn ball per flower
1 or more bags of colored chocolate wafers (depending on what colors you want your flowers to be)
1 shot glass per flower
1 lollipop stick per flower
1 mason jar per flower
Crinkled filler paper
Jute twine
Green tissue paper

Directions

Preparing Popcorn Ball for Drizzling

  1. So the popcorn balls don’t roll around as you’re covering them in chocolate, stand each popcorn ball on top of a shot glass.

Popcorn Ball Drizzled With Colored Chocolate

  1. Place the colored chocolate wafers into a bowl and heat them in the microwave until they melt. Stir the chocolate every 30 seconds so it doesn’t burn. Using a spoon, drizzle each popcorn ball with the melted chocolate. Place the popcorn balls, along with the shot glasses, in the refrigerator for about a half hour or until the chocolate drizzle hardens.

How to Make the Flower Pot and Stem for Your Popcorn Flower

  1. To make the flower pot and stem, fill a mason jar up with crinkled filler paper. Pack it tightly so that the flower snugly and securely stands in the jar. Cut a small, square piece of green tissue paper and pierce the lollipop stick directly in the center of the square to create the flower’s leaves. Then, poke the lollipop stick vertically directly in the center of the jar, right through the filler paper. Make sure the lollipop stick doesn’t tilt over. Finally, prettify the mason jar by tying a piece of jute twine around the mouth of the jar.

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  1. After the chocolate on the popcorn balls has hardened, take the popcorn balls out of the refrigerator and remove them from the shot glasses. To make the popcorn flowers, insert the top of the lollipop stick directly into the bottom of the popcorn ball. Don’t push too far; you don’t want the ball to split in half!

And there you have ’em: blossoming popcorn flowers you can use to decorate your home … or eat for dessert! Here’s a tip: If you want to make an even bigger popcorn flower arrangement for the center of your table, tightly pack a small planter with filler paper, crinkle up multiple tissue paper squares and line them along the rim of the planter to create a grassy look, like we did above.

Have your own ideas on how to make DIY popcorn flowers? Share them with us!

How to Make DIY Popcorn Goody Bags for Spring

DIY Popcorn Goody BagsWith the days getting a little longer and with the winter freeze slowly thawing out, there’s no doubt that spring is slowly peeking out from its hiding place! To welcome the sweet-smelling flowers that’ll soon be popping up everywhere, we came up with these charming DIY popcorn goody bags for your first big springtime bash. They’re not just easy and cheap to make; they’re sure to spread some sunny (and delicious) cheer to all of your friends too!

What You’ll Need

Popcorn
Brown paper bags (one per guest)
White paper doilies (one per guest)
Double-sided tape
Twine
Hole puncher

Directions

Paper Bag Filled With Popcorn and Sealed With Double-Sided Tape

  1. Fill a paper bag with your guest’s favorite springtime popcorn. Seal the mouth of the bag shut by placing a strip of double-sided tape along the inside edge of the bag and pressing the two sides of the bag together.
    Mouth of Paper Bag Folded and Held in Place With Double-Sided Tape
  2. Fold the top of the bag down about 1 or 2 inches (depending on how full the bag is). Stick some more double-sided tape onto the inside of the flap and attach the flap to the side of the bag.
    Doily Folded in Half and Trimmed to Fit on Top of Paper Bag
  3. Lay a paper doily flat on the table and fold it in half. Sit the folded doily on top of the sealed paper bag so that it creates a half-circle flap on both sides of the bag. Use the double-sided tape to attach the two doily flaps to the bag and keep them in place. If the doily is too big and extends past the outside edges of the bag, simply trim the doily so that its edges are flush with the edges of the bag. Tip: You can use your trimmings as borders along the bottom edge of the bag, like we did here. Just put some clear double-sided tape on the back of the doily trimming and stick it directly onto the face of the bag.Two Holes Punched Into the Top of the Doily-Lined Paper Bag
  4. With a hole puncher, punch two holes (about 1/2 inch apart) close to the top of the bag. They should be directly in the center of the half-moon shape that’s created by the folded doily.
    Doily-Lined Paper Bag Tied Shut With Twine
  5. Sew the twine through the two holes so that both ends of the twine are hanging from the same side of the bag. Tie the twine into a bow to give your goody bag a beautiful finishing touch.

What other popcorn crafts will you make to welcome the warm, bright days of spring?

How to Make a Christmas Wreath With Holiday Popcorn

Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornDeck the halls with kernels of popcorn! All you need is a couple of crafty tools and some festive holiday treats to create a Christmas wreath that even Santa Claus himself would envy! Just follow this easy three-step tutorial:

Close-Up of Christmas Wreath Made With Holiday PopcornWhat You’ll Need

One green Styrofoam wreath
One 3-canister set of The Popcorn Factory’s Holiday Assortment
One hot glue gun
Christmas ribbon

Directions

  1. Using a hot glue gun, carefully glue the popcorn onto the Styrofoam wreath, piece by piece. Keep the kernels close together, and use the small pieces of broken popcorn to fill in the gaps. You can mix up the red and green kernels like we did here, or you can separate the colors to create a striped pattern on the wreath. Whatever you do, don’t burn yourself!
  2. Allow the wreath to dry completely. When it’s ready, loop a Christmas ribbon through the top of the wreath and tie it into a bow.
  3. Give your wreath a touch of winter wonder by spraying it with glitter. Then, hang it on your door, above your fireplace or on your window. For even more ideas on how to decorate your house with a wreath, check out this fun blog from 1-800-Flowers.com!

Ho, ho, ho! Now good old Saint Nick can be greeted with a beautiful Christmas wreath when he slides down your chimney!

What other kinds of nifty crafts will you be making with your holiday popcorn this Christmas?