Popcorn is one of the most perfect foods for enjoying the show — and isn't your wedding one helluva show? Microwave popcorn is a great favor, and an inexpensive one — though commercial varieties are more expensive than this homemade version. Whether you're not a fan of artificial butter chemical flavorings, or want to add a personal flavor flair to your own popcorn, this project is a super-easy way to DIY a tasty favor.
Materials and Tools
- 1/3 measuring cup
- Popcorn kernals
- Plain Paper Lunch Bags (small size, available in your local grocery store super cheap)
- Mailing Seals
- Spices to flavor your popcorn
- Scrapbook paper and double sided tape or glue dots
Step 1: Measure 1/3 cup popcorn kernels and pour into bag, making sure they land in the bottom but still fold back up.
If you're going to add flavor, like a pinch of chili powder, cinnamon, etc. do that now, too.
Step 2: Place bag on table, bottom facing up, then fold as shown below — up once, then a shorter flap down three times.
Step 3: Add a mailing sticker to seal the bag – careful to line up the perforation with the fold.
This is a good place to add instructions – “Pop 2 minutes-ish” I hand-scrawl on these, though you can print onto them, too, or…
Step 4: Cut a strip of scrapbook paper (or recycled newspaper, old comic books, etc.) and wrap around the bag — seal with a strip of double sided tape or glue dots. This gives you a place to add instructions for popping, if you didn't want to write it on the mailing seal. You can write on the paper, or affix a sticker with printed instructions, wedding logo, goofy jokes, whatever you like.
All done! Super easy, and a great “do while watching a season of something on Netflix” project. Enjoy the show!
Adding flavors and quips/quotes to this favor allows for a lot of customization. You can add this to welcome bags for out-of-towners, make up a few for your bridesdudes and groomsladies, or send to folks who can't make it, with a link to your wedding webcam feed.
Buying popcorn in bulk, and plain paper lunch sacks, this favor can cost less than 50 cents each. Your mileage may vary, though – if you're a foodie, you might want to go the gourmet route, and if you're adding saffron (which would be cool) it's clearly going to get pricier. Spices, if any, should be added sparingly. A generous pinch, at most. So if you're looking to make taco-flavored popcorn, one packet of seasoning should make quite a few favors.
Will you be designing your own microwave popcorn? Tell us how you'll make this project your own in the comments below.