Deck those halls with boughs of pop (fa la la la la la la la la). No, but really – popcorn’s great for all sorts of festive holiday decorations. Why does it work? Well, for starters, it looks like snow, is easy to use (especially for kids), and greatly contrasts against the red and green hues of the season. So before you go out and spend a small fortune on holiday décor, check out these crafts that make great use of our favorite snack!
Alright, I can’t take credit for this one. It’s totally Martha’s, but that doesn’t make it any less cute. Start with a flimsy paper plate and cut out the center. Then take a long string of dental floss (about 3 feet), tie one end onto the paper plate, and thread the other end through a needle. String the popcorn onto the floss and wrap it around the plate. When you’re done with one complete popcorn string, tie it discretely. If you can still see the plate underneath, go ahead and wrap another string of popcorn around it. When you can no longer see the paper plate, loop a ribbon through and glue a bow to the top. Voila – a super cute wreath (it’s actually pretty surprising how adorable it is).
Of course you’ve seen this one before, but I couldn’t very well leave it out. It is a classic. Plus, like the wreath above, it’s super easy and creates a lovely treat for critters, should you choose to hang them on trees out of doors. Taking thread (or floss, if you prefer) and needle, string on day-old popcorn. (Stale popcorn is harder, so it won’t break as easily while you’re working with it.) And for a little extra color, don’t forget to add cranberries and/or raisins.
Okay, so there probably wasn’t popcorn at the original Thanksgiving feast but there most definitely was corn itself. It’s kind of the whole reason why we even have Thanksgiving to begin with (you know since the gathering was a celebration of the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest and all). And since popcorn is the greatest thing EVER, we’ve created a popcorn recipe that’s perfect to pop some fun into your Thanksgiving celebration this year.
½ cup of popcorn kernels
4 tablespoons of coconut oil
2 tablespoons of butter
½ cup of pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon of ground ginger
½ cup of dried cranberries
½ cup of chopped walnuts, pecans, and/or almonds
3 tablespoons of light brown sugar
Check out Pam Noone’s amazing photos! For her daughter’s baby shower, Pam created a popcorn bar that displayed a bounty of our delicious flavors, offering something fun and delicious for guests to snack on. (Looks pretty fabulous, huh?)
Getting in the spirit of spooky Halloween? We are too! That’s what led us to create this delicious blend of crunchy caramel popcorn and sea salt milk chocolate bugs. So bust out your cauldrons and ready your wands to create this otherworldly snack.
From the Potion Cupboard:
12-15 cups of popped popcorn
1 tsp of vanilla
1 1/3 cups of sugar
½ cup light Karo corn syrup
1 cup of butter
2 ounces of light cocoa confectionary coating