It's November and I'm gearing up for the holidays. When I heard that Pop Secret was having a Fun Side Out contest where you create a craft using popcorn and paper clips, I was all in. Since I'm already in a festive mood (and I found some adorable round paperclips in a drawer), I decided to create a holiday popcorn wreath.
My first thought was I'd take a foam wreath form and glue the Pop Secret popcorn on with E6000. I have a lot of experience with industrial strength glue because of dance, so I figured it would work. Guess what? It didn't. In fact, it was an epic fail. Why? The glue never dried so the popcorn kept sliding off the wreath. I headed back to the craft store to get some Styrofoam glue hoping I'd have different results but didn't so I had to completely switch gears.
Luckily, I had a wooden wreath form, a glue gun and lots of glue sticks in the basement. Here's the good news- gluing the Pop Secret popcorn onto the wood worked. The bad news? I think I burned three or four fingers in the process. I glued the popcorn around the entire wreath matching the shapes to cover the form and then went back a second time to fill in the holes. I also have to be completely honest and mention that if you attempt this at home, you need to be incredibly patient. Popcorn is fragile and it's not easy to work with. This project takes some time. Also, since a glue gun has a tendency to leave glue strings (you can see some in the pic below), you have to be super careful when you pick them off that you don't take the popcorn too.
Next, I hot glued the paper clips and some bling on to make it look festive. It also filled in the holes where the popcorn wasn't perfect. Still, it didn't look finished. So, I tied a bow for a finishing touch. I think this holiday popcorn wreath turned out amazing!
Are you creative? Want to win a year of FREE Pop Secret? See how innovative you can get with paper clips and create your own Fun Side Out craft. Document your project in photos or a video and then post it on the Pop Secret Facebook page (complete rules can be found there), using the hashtag #FunSideOut. You can also enter by posting your project on Instagram using the hashtag #FunSideOut. Can't wait to see what you plan to make!