The holidays are the perfect time to give out odd gifts. Follow me here, I like to gift people with practical things because I know every ones home is over flowing with junk. But just because they are practical doesn’t mean you can’t make them pretty! This tutorial for a pretty layered Popcorn Gift Jar is a great way to do that.
Popcorn by itself isn’t that exciting but it’s not hard to give it some pizazz. We are big popcorn eaters in my family, and none of the microwave stuff. If you can’t get at least a minor hot oil burn it’s not real popcorn (that’s mostly a joke).
I’m lucky enough to have a bulk food Mennonite-run shop on my way home. I can buy specialty popcorn in bulk for really cheap so we hand out quite a few popcorn gift jars.
You can find popcorn kernels in white, yellow, red and blue. There are also specialty types, Corn Popper has a very detailed break down of fancy popcorn types. Personally I like Lady Finger Popcorn, a white small kernel hulless type.
Layered Popcorn Jar Supplies:
❄️ White popcorn
❄️ Blue and/or Red popcorn*
❄️ Holiday paper
❄️ Bakers twine
❄️ Hole Punch
*It’s important that both of the colors are the same size, don’t mix baby popcorn with regular popcorn or you’ll have trouble when it comes to popping
How to Make Popcorn Gift Jars:
If you don’t have a cutter you can trace the circle from the lid and buy by hand and use any gift tag.
2. Pour popcorn into clean jars, alternating colors about 1/2 to 1 inch at a time. Gently tap the jar on the table as you go, the more packed the jar is the less likely the popcorn is to shift.
3. When your jar is as full as possible top it with the flat metal piece of the lid.
4. Fold the cuff and the mitten piece on the dotted line and glue the cuff in place.
5. Punch a hole, pop a piece of twine through the hole and tie the ends together.
6. Put the paper circle on top of the flat metal piece and screw on the lid.
7. Add a holiday message to your mitten tags, loop the twine around your jar and get ready for gift giving!
You could make a cheap and festive gift basket by wrapping a few jars with some specialty popcorn salt and a large bowl. I love looking at TJ Maxx and Home Goods for stuff like that. You never know what you’re going to find but it’s always a good price!
Find more holiday projects on my Christmas page or start here for more gift ideas: