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DIY Upcycled Popcorn Tin for Valentine's Day: Gold Foil Hearts Galore

You can't have a movie night without popcorn. And when it comes to popcorn, bigger is always better. For our Valentine's Day movie date night, I decided to add some special touches to a giant popcorn tin from The Popcorn Factory. It's a fun, easy craft that makes a special gift for your valentine! 

The Popcorn Factory has a bunch of really festive Valentine's Day popcorn tins, which would also be perfect for a movie night. But if you happen to have a leftover tin from the holidays, or you are looking to go the DIY route, this craft will jazz up your tin with a few simple steps.

Since The Popcorn Factory lets you pick your fill with certain tins, I went with Jalapeno popcorn because if there isn't a level of spice to something, I won't eat it. (Proof of my obsession with all things spicy here and here). I also love how the tin comes in a plain red, which makes it the perfect canvas on which to craft for Valentine's Day. 

I also have a gold foil obsession, and we had some leftover gold foil wrappers from our champagne display for our Fancy Valentine's Day soiree. Using a heart-shaped lever hole punch, I cut out a couple dozen gold foil hearts and attached them with a glue stick. You could also use Mod Pod underneath and on top of the hearts, too. And when you're done devouring all of your popcorn – if you're a normal human, that might take you a couple weeks but if you're me, it will take like 2.5 days – you can use your cute new tin for storage. 




  • Red popcorn tin from The Popcorn Factory
  • Gold foil candy wrappers (I found ours at Michael's)
  • Heart-shaped lever punch (also from Michael's... they know me by name now)
  • Elmer's glue, glue stick or Mod Podge

Step 1: Wipe the surface of your popcorn tin and try to remove all fingerprints and other smudges. Pat dry.

Step 2: Use your lever punch to cut out heart shapes from the gold foil wrapper. Tip: The gold foil wrappers come with a white backing sheet in between each foil sheet, so make sure you are placing only one foil sheet and the white backing paper in the hole punch at a time. Otherwise, the foil by itself will get caught in the lever punch.

Step 3: Once you have about 20 or so hearts cut out, secure them to the tin using Elmer's glue or Mod Podge. If using Mod Podge, you can go over the hearts with an extra coat to make sure they really stick.

Step 4: Enjoy your Valentine's Day popcorn! 

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