Popcorn is no stranger to the holidays. It is often strung with cranberries to make a Christmas garland that is wrapped around the Christmas tree or around wreaths that are hung throughout the house. However, did you know you can also use popcorn to create unique, DIY popcorn ornaments? All you need are a few simple items.
This is a fantastic activity to do with your kids as they get to create their own ornaments and even personalize them for the tree.
DIY Popcorn Ornaments Material Lists
- 1 bag of plain popcorn kernels
- Brown paper bags
- Clear glass ornaments
- Multi-colored permanent markers
1) Remove the metallic cap from the clear glass ornament and set it aside. You won’t need this until much later.
2) Take a spoonful of popcorn kernels and fill the ornament bulb with the popcorn kernels. A big spoonful of kernels (25-30) is good as not all of the popcorn will pop.
3) Carefully place the ornament filled with the kernels into a brown paper bag and roll the bag down to seal. DO NOT close with the metal cap as the ornament will be going into the microwave.
4) Place in the microwave and heat for 2-3 minutes (until you hear the popping stop).
5) Carefully remove the bag from the microwave and set it aside to cool.
6) Once cool to the touch, you can remove the ornament to find fluffy white popcorn encased in the glass ornament.
7) Place the metal cap back on the ornament and gently press around the edges to make sure it has a snug seal. Tie ribbon (colors of your choosing) around the metal cap to hang.
8) Use the permanent markers to personalize the ornaments with names or initials and the date. Or, if you or your children are artistically inclined, add your own illustrations to make a one-of-a-kind ornament for your tree.