(diy tutorial) cinnamon popcorn apple push-up pops

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Michaels for the First Day of School Blogger Challenge. All of my opinions are 100% mine.

I crafted up these cinnamon popcorn apple push-up pops for Michaels‘ First Day of School Blogger Challenge. If you’ve never tried cinnamon popcorn before, I highly recommend it. It only takes a few ingredients to make, including cinnamon Red Hots, and it’s so yummy! Don’t be afraid of the strong Red Hots flavoring, it’ll dilute with the rest of the ingredients and leave you with a subtle cinnamon taste that kids can enjoy. You can simple enjoy the popcorn as is or place it in trendy push-up pop containers, found at Michaels, and decorate the containers to look like apples in honor of back to school. Have your children help make these creations for their teachers or fellow students, it’ll be a fun back to school treat.

Materials for Apple Push-Up Pop Containers

Push-Up Pop Containers (w/lids or you can cover with red cupcake liners)

Green Scrapbook Paper


Hole Puncher

Green Pipe Cleaners

Ingredients for Cinnamon Popcorn (makes approximately 20 push-up pops)

4 cups Popped Popcorn

6oz Red Hots

1 cup Butter (cubed or sliced)

1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup

Parchment Paper, Baking Sheet, Mixing Bowl, Saucepan & Stirring Spoon


Step 1: Pop popcorn, you’ll need 4 cups of popped pop corn. Place in a large mixing bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Place Red Hots, butter and light corn syrup into a saucepan over medium heat and constantly stir until melted. Pour over popcorn and mix well.

Step 3: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour popcorn onto the paper, evenly spreading it out. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to harden and cool.

Step 4: Cut leaf shapes out of green scrapbook paper. Punch holes in them as shown in the photo.

Step 5: Break cinnamon popcorn apart and place inside push-up containers. Place a lid on top or use a red cupcake liner as a lid. Wrap a green pipe cleaner around the container, stringing the leaf tag on the pipe cleaner, and twirl the ends around a pencil. You can write the recipient’s name on the green leaf.

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Michaels for the First Day of School Blogger Challenge. All of my opinions are 100% mine.

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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.