Picture of Origami Pop-up Popcorn Cards
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This project has been kicking around on my desk for a few months now, so thanks to scoochmaroo for giving me a much-needed push to finally write it up. This project started when I was looking for a way to make microwave popcorn from scratch. It's easy enough to find microwavable paper (wax paper, parchment, oiled brown paper), but any adhesives that would close a bag (staples, glue) would definitely not work in the microwave. It seemed like a perfect opportunity to use paper folding as a structural technique to make an attractive and functional microwavable popcorn bag. I tried making popcorn in the first origami model I ever learned: a paper balloon. It worked like a charm. The popcorn popped and inflated my balloon perfectly. The only problem was that the serving size was a little small to be practical. And I couldn't help but imagine an attractive origami model that popped up into a perfect popcorn bag.After many, many crumpled up sheets of paper (and a few messy spills in the microwave), I finally worked out this design.  It works, it's cute, and heck, it's even reusable! I've made a few of these as gifts-- I love the idea of giving someone a card that they can microwave and turn into a snack. I even designed some cute tags to attach with instructions for popping (pdf attached).

flyingpuppy3 years ago
My vote as well! Wouldn't it be cute to write the message on the bag before you fold it so it's revealed only when the person pops the corn? Love it!
kitchentablescraps (author)  flyingpuppy3 years ago
Thanks! I love the idea of adding a hidden message! The two sides of the bag are pleated, so you wouldn't see a message written there until the bag inflates.

One caution: I wouldn't use just any ink to write on the bag (heating up various chemicals in the microwave can make some nasty gases). You could definitely use food coloring markers. Or you could paint with food coloring or something else dark like coffee or beet juice. Love it!
would it be possible to write a message in something like lemon juice so its only vissible after the bag heats up?
kitchentablescraps (author)  gcl_iii3 years ago
I love the invisible ink idea! I think that the biggest issue would be getting it to show up... The brown paper is pretty dark once it has been brushed with oil. My guess is you'd have better luck with white paper. You'd just have to make sure to use a paper without any trace amounts of nasty chemicals.

Let me know if you try it!
h3idi3 years ago
I need one of my wonderful crafty friends to do this for me- i always use regular paper bags. Didn't realize there were health issues, thanks guys. :)
cheeriokate3 years ago
So cutee!! This very well may be my halloween party favors if i can find those orange and black popcorn kernels!
BodyMan543 years ago
Nice work I need to try this!
Javin0073 years ago
Nice! You've got my vote! (And an extra star for having the same "Misto" as me.)
kitchentablescraps (author)  Javin0073 years ago
Thanks! And I agree-- you can't beat real butter for popcorn! :)
SewWhat!!3 years ago
This is such a cool idea! I can't wait to try this! c:
ChrysN3 years ago
I love this, great idea!
This is adorable! And I've never seen such practical origami before.
kitchentablescraps (author) 3 years ago
Aw, shucks guys. You're too much! Glad to know some folks out there share my geeky fixation with folded paper. :)
scoochmaroo3 years ago
I made up that word just now just for this project. <3
Carleyy3 years ago
I absolutely love this!! What a creative idea for a gift. I will definitely have to try this out for the holidays :)