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Tutorial: Popcorn Christmas Ornament

While perusing Pinterest, I happened upon a “Magic Ornament”. Magic? Well, yeah, how did they get that popcorn in the ornament without smashing it to bits? That’s where the magic comes in! The original idea comes from

 Popcorn Christmas Ornament

I’m always looking for kid friendly crafts and ways to use up some of my scrap ribbons and these are so quick and easy, you’ll want to make them for friends, teachers and neighbors.


Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Clear glass ornaments plastic will melt. (I got mine at Michael’s. They’re 2.63”)
  • Brown paper bag
  • 1-3 teaspoons popcorn (Be sure to use fresh popcorn. Mine is a bit stale so all my kernels failed to pop.)
  • May Arts Ribbon

 Popcorn Christmas Ornament

Remove the metal cap from the ornament and pour in the popcorn. I started with 3 teaspoons but it was too much. 1 ½ teaspoons was about right.

 Popcorn Christmas Ornament

Remove the metal cap from the ornament and pour in the popcorn. I started with 3 teaspoons but it was too much. 1 ½ teaspoons was about right.

Popcorn Christmas Ornament

Place the ornament in the brown paper bag then twist the bag tightly around the ornament. Place the bag in the microwave. Be sure to watch it and remove when the popping stops.

Open the bag carefully as the ornament will be hot. (Parental supervision recommended)

Let the ornament cool, replace the cap, tie on some pretty May Arts Ribbon and done! Everyone will wonder how you did it. Magic!

 Popcorn Christmas Ornament

Here’s a tip for re-using any extra ornaments after the holidays. Remove the ribbons and caps and fill the ornaments with water. The popcorn will shrink and soften so you can just shake it out. Rinse the ornament thoroughly and let dry before storing.

Thanks for joining us on the May Arts blog!

By Charlene Driggs



Other Supplies Used:

  • Glass Ornaments – Michaels Stores
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Microwave oven


  1. barb macaskill

    Totally awesome!

  2. Mary Kay Lyons-McDonnell

    Very cool!

  3. Amante del Papel

    Great and amazing idea!

  4. Mary Helene

    What a fun ornament. I wonder if you could add a drop of food coloring?

  5. SuZeQ

    Whoa … what a great idea and the ornament will look perfect hanging on the tree – especially if there is a strand of popcorn and cranberries!!!!!

    Merry Christmas.

  6. TracyM #6773

    WOW – this is SO COOL Charlene!!!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing – looking forward to some popping adventures with my nieces & nephews!!!


    I love, love, love this idea, also would look adorable with “colored pop corn” you have such beautiful and creative ways of wrapping gifts, love it.

    1. Charlene

      Ohhh…colored popcorn would look amazing!

  8. Debbie Fisher

    Oh my goodness! This is so cool! My nephews would love doing this when they come and stay at auntie’s house!

  9. Heather Thompson

    Are you serious? what a cool idea. I would be nervous I would start my microwave on fire. lol very cool.

    1. Charlene

      Not to worry…I tried this at least a dozen times. Just like popping corn in a brown paper bag.


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