Making Art with Popcorn

27 Nov


Popcorn is a favourite snack for many worldwide. It is tasty, inexpensive, and easy to make. It’s that one snack that’s perfect for almost all occasions. Not to mention, it has tons of health benefits you probably didn’t know about.

However, there is another reason why popcorn is so popular. With popcorn, you can create beautiful art. And that’s not restricted to only popped popcorn; even the kernels have their uses.

Popcorn art is known across the world. If you are new to the craft, here are some ideas to check out. They are simple so that beginners can dive right in. Even those familiar with popcorn art can get inspired by our incredible list of popcorn crafts.

Are you ready to start making art with popcorn? Then let’s get started.

Halloween Art with Popcorn

Did someone scream Halloween? I’m sure you understand why this craft idea comes first. Halloween is a fantastic holiday. Halloween with popcorn? That’s a perfect holiday. That is why pumpkin with Halloween popcorn is such a fabulous idea.

Here’s what you will need:

  • One small or medium-sized pumpkin
  • One washable black marker
  • Two 15-ounce canisters of Zombie Kettle Corn
  • One hot glue gun

Is this something you want to try out? Check here for directions

Pumpkin and a colored corn cob

Coloured Popcorn Kernels

Did you know your popcorn kernels can take on new vibrant colours? Coloured popcorn kernels are ridiculously easy to do and inexpensive. You can use it for different kinds of crafts and decorations. Moreover, it’s a fun and engaging activity for kids.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Plain, un-popped popcorn kernels
  • Food colouring
  • Vinegar
  • Small glass bowls
  • Strainer
  • Paper towels or newspaper

When trying this activity, make sure you supervise the kids to prevent any mishap with the kernels! Are you excited about trying it out? Click here for directions.

Appletree Art with Popcorn

An apple tree popcorn art is fantastic for many reasons. It is a fun activity and celebrates nature. Plus, it is straightforward to do. It takes only minutes to complete the task. Children can choke on popcorn, so make sure they are not left unsupervised, especially the little ones.

Here’s what you will need:

  • One sheet of blue construction paper
  • Brown and green poster paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Popped popcorn
  • Glue


Have the children paint a tree trunk and leaves on the construction paper. Next, glue the popcorn on the leaves. Simple, fast, and fun!

Brightly colored popcorn kernels

Popcorn Votive 

If you think the previous craft ideas are for children, well, here’s one for adults. It’s challenging yet fun. Are you up to the task?

Popcorn votives offer a beautiful way to decorate your home. It adds colour, vibrance, and creativity to your space. Additionally, you can use them for thanksgiving dinners, couple’s nights, or family events. You could invite the kids to join you for this one too.

Here’s what you’ll need for votives candles:

  • Mini trifle bowls (or other small glass bowls or jars)
  • Popcorn kernels
  • Votive candles in glass holders

For centerpieces, you’ll need:

  • A large trifle bowl (or another large clear glass bowl with straight sides)
  • Miniature pumpkins
  • Mixed nuts in the shell


Fill the glass with popcorn kernels until it’s half-filled. Next, press the votives into the center of the kernels. You will notice the kernels rise as you push the votives into the glass. If you wish, you can add more kernels. Just make sure the candle is standing upright on its own.

You can try other variations as well. Use a jar, bowl, or any other glass vessel of your choice. If you fancy an elaborate arrangement, use a large glass bowl instead. After pouring in the kernels, press in as many candles as you want.

When you finish with the votives, don’t throw the kernels away. After all, they are still edible. Rinse the kernels in a colander and then spread them on a dishtowel. When they dry out, store them in an airtight container. You can decide to reuse them for a votive, another popcorn craft, or to make popcorn!

To make a centerpiece, put two to three miniature pumpkins inside a large trifle bowl. Arrange the pumpkins so that the stems point in different directions. Next, pour in some popcorn in the gaps between the pumpkins. Keep adding pumpkins and popcorn until the trifle bowl is full.

Popping Fun

There you have it! Four fantastic popcorn art ideas you can try on your own or with the kids.

I know you will have a blast trying them out. I sure did! If you’re looking for any more ideas or inspiration, check this out. If children are involved in the art projects, make sure to keep an eye on them to ensure that no one swallows anything unsafe.

Have fun making art with popcorn!

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