Popcorn Crafts

Popcorn crafts are fun to make. Popcorn, both popped and un-popped, can be used to make various craft items. One of the fun ways to make popcorn crafts is to pop some extra corn and eat it while you create your craft.

Some of these ideas for popcorn crafts use un-popped popcorn while others use popped popcorn. Word of caution—when using popped popcorn do NOT use butter or salt on the popcorn you are using for crafts.

Popped Popcorn Crafts

Apple Tree Popcorn Art

What You Need: 

·         1 sheet blue construction paper;

·         brown and green poster paint;

·         paintbrush;

·         popped popcorn;

·         glue


1. paint a tree trunk with branches and leaves on the construction paper.

2. glue on the popcorn for blossoms

From Artists Helping Children

Counting on Corn


·  Construction Paper 9 x 12 (yellow and green) 

·    Popped popcorn

·  Scissor 

·  School glue 

·  Craft sticks 

counting kernels craft projectCounting on corn finished project


1. To create the corn husk base, cut a large oval out of yellow construction paper.

2. Cut out two green leaves, and glue one to each side of the husk behind the oval.

3. Glue the back of the corn husk onto a large craft stick. Set aside to dry.

4. Glue kernels of popped corn onto the yellow husk. Count each one as you glue it on to see how many kernels you can fit!

5. For a larger decoration, repeat the process and make two more husks.

From Lakeshore

Popcorn Wreath


·         Paper plate

·         Dental floss (waxed)

·         Sewing needle

·         Popped popcorn (without butter or salt)

·         Ribbon

·         Glue

·         Bow

finished wreathFinished popcorn wreath
making popcorn wreathMaking the popcorn wreath


1.   Cut the center out of a paper plate.

2.   Cut a 3-foot length of waxed dental floss; tie one end to the plate.

3.   Thread the other end through a needle and string popcorn

4.   Wrap strand around plate; tie off

5.   Add stands until wreath is covered (layer to fill gaps)

6.   Loop ribbon and hang

7.  Glue on a bow

From Martha Stewart

Creative Conceptual Imaging (Starch Gazing)

Inspired by Harry Kalenberg's popcorn sculptures combined with "cloud gazing" with your imagination, this popcorn art project gives your brain a creative starchy workout!

The idea here is to use popped popcorn as a basis for creating people, places, or things you "see" (think clouds!) in the form and essence of the starchy kernel. This can be done quickly with markers or paint.

There's no wrong way to do popcorn art, so you can totally relax and have fun with this. 


·         Plain popped popcorn (air-popped recommended)

·         Felt tip markers or paint

·         Food dye (red, yellow, blue)

·         Glue

·         Paper or other structure to glue your finished popcorn sculpture to

Creative popcorn figuresCreative popcorn creatures


1. Air pop a bowl of popcorn

2. Look at a few pieces with your imagination

        a. Notice the overall form of each piece

        b. Take note at what “pops” into your mind

        c. By the way, this popcorn is not for eating

3. Once you have identified a possible subject, use your markers or paint to apply color, texture, form, or characteristics to your subject. (Definitely don't eat any now!)

Creativity Tips: Try to create with a theme in mind. For instance, create a barnyard full of animals, a family of insects, or TV show characters. Remember, since no two pieces of popcorn are alike, you only get one chance at rendering what you see!

If you've done this hands-on, allow your artwork on the popcorn to dry — and you're finished!

Optional: To preserve your work, arrange and glue your popcorn art to paper or other suitable surface to hang or display. If you wish to keep your art indefinitely, you can use a spray lacquer preservative or clear finish found in craft stores. 

From Be Creative Adults

Un-popped Popcorn Crafts

Popcorn Rain Stick


·         Cardboard Paper towel cylinder

·         popcorn kernels

·         paint

·         paint brushes

·         glue

·         scissors

·         scraps of material

·         rubber bands or tape

rain sticksRain sticks


1.   Paint the cardboard tube and let dry

2.   Cut two circles out of scrap fabric, big enough to cover the open ends of the cardboard tube.

3.   Place one fabric circle over the end of the tube and secure it with a rubber band or tape.

4.   Add about a tablespoon of popcorn kernels to the tube

5.   Secure the second fabric circle over the open end of the tube with a rubber band or tape.

6.   Hold the tube in the middle and shake or turn to make a “rain noise.”

From OT to Go

Corn Stalks


·         Crayons

·         Construction Paper

·         Scissors

·         Glue

·         Popcorn kernels

finished corn stalkFinished corn stalk


1.  Draw a partially opened corn husk on construction paper.

2.  Cut out the corn husk.

3.  Color in the corn cob and husk.

4.  Spread the cob area with glue.

5.  Put popcorn kernels on the glue, let dry.

From OT to Go

Bean Bags

Great beginner sewing project or just make some to use up those left over scraps of fabric.


·         Small amount of fabric

·         Needle & thread

·         Un-popped popcorn kernels    


1.   Cut two 5" squares from fabric.

2.   With right sides together and starting at least ½" before one of the corners, sew around using a 1/4" seam. Be sure to leave an opening for turning and filling.

3.   Clip corners and turn right side out.

4.   Poke corners from inside with a pencil or chopstick.

5.   Fill most of the way with filling material of your choice.

6. Sew opening closed.

From Artists Helping Children

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