Top 10 Posts of 2016 with Behind the Scenes

I’ve been seeing these top 10 posts of 2016 pop up all over my feed lately and was just dying to find out what Popcorn & Chocolate had in store. I can’t believe a whole other  year has gone by. This year was full of some fun crafts we shared on our blog and some not so fun transitions and moves in our personal lives. Throughout it all we’ve always had our blog going, even if it has meant spending our whole weekend dedicated to taking pictures and creating crafts. I love the grind of blogging and wouldn’t have had it any other way. So, without further ado, here are our top 10 posts from 2016 with a bit of behind the scenes commentary as well (inspired by Laurel at A Bubbly Mess).

10. Free Thanksgiving Table Printables thanksgiving grocery list | Popcorn & ChocolateAs you make your way down the list you will see that this was the year of free printables. Since they seem to do so well we will definitely incorporate lots more in 2017! Behind the scenes: I sent this picture to Rose of me using our printable to plan my Thanksgiving. Double behind the scenes: my Thanksgiving was delicious (thanks for asking), Rose’s was a disaster as her thermometer exploded in the oven and ruined her whole turkey. Thanksgiving printable

9. Flamingo and Swan Pool Float Costumes Bird pool float costumes | Popcorn & ChocolateI’m so glad you all loved these costumes as much as I did! They were a hoot to make and looked ridiculous on, which is a sure sign of a good costume. Behind the scenes: What you didn’t see with these pictures is us attempting to take them. I kept laughing at Rose behind the camera. I’m pretty sure she still has these costumes floating around her house…Pool float behind the scenes

8. Fruity Flower PotsDIY Stamped Clay Flower Pots | Popcorn & ChocolateAnother favorite DIY of mine. These guys were super fun to make but also so fun to take pictures of. Some crafts just don’t want to go your way when you are photographing them, but these little gems were great. Behind the scenes: We used one fake air plant because Rose keeps killing all of ours. Before you scroll down to the next picture can you guess which one is fake from the 3 above? Fruity pots behind the scenes

7. Candy Cane Lawn Flamingos Candy Cane Lawn Flamingos | Popcorn and ChocolateAgain, so glad you guys liked these silly candy cane flamingos! Behind the scenes: When I was making these my mom kept laughing at me every time I went outside to spray paint them. Then I left them drying propped up in our wheelbarrow in the garage so everyone saw them whenever they went in out of the garage. This was me on the day I photographed them – red nose and all. It was cold. Flamingo behind the scenes

6. DIY Pom-pom Easter Baskets DIY Pom-Pom Easter Basket | Popcorn & ChocolateBehind the scenes: these baskets were super easy to make but the hard part was finding the actual basket. We were at my house in NH and my mom had Easter baskets she was getting rid of so we were going to take them but forgot them so we scrambled all over Allston trying to find some cheap but decent looking baskets. We ended up finding these at the dollar store and they seemed to get the job done. Also, fun fact, we were in San Francisco when we wrote and published this post.

5. Colorful Etched Vases with Flower Puns and Sayings Colorful etched vase with sayingsThis is one of our most popular DIY’s on Instagram as well so I’m not surprised to see it make it on the list. Behind the scenes: Oh, where to start? These vases damn near killed us. It was one of our first crafts we made for Homedit so we wanted to make them perfect. Well, we soon found that what we originally wanted to do, which was to have the etched words colored, would not, will not work. We were stubborn AF trying to figure out a way to make this work. We must have dyed a million jars with different solutions. Eventually we flew in the flag and just went the easy way out and spray painted them. So much easier.

4. Cactus Piñata Cindo de mayo cactus pinata | Popcorn & ChocolateThis was one of my all time favorite crafts to make. I mean, it’s a cactus piñata, what isn’t to love? I was smitten with it. Behind the scenes: See how proud I am of my piñatas? I made that Aries ram for Rose’s birthday and promptly named her Lucinda and the cactus Señor. I convinced myself that I had a hidden talent of piñata making… perhaps we shall see if this holds true in 2017??Piñata behind the scenes

3. Nautical Hand-Painted Backgammon Board Handmade backgammon board | Popcorn & ChocolateThis was another one I loved to make (and play)! It involved us going to the beach to take pictures, which is always a win in my book. Behind the scenes: the one problem with taking pictures at the beach is that it can be windyyy. Everything kept blowing around so we had to strategically place rocks and bags onto the towels. Unfortunately we couldn’t do the same with my hat… Backgammon behind the scenes

2. 2016 Printable Oscar Ballots 2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & ChocolateAnother printable for the top! Behind the scenes: This ballot came out great but what you didn’t see were the countless hours we took to make sure everything was aligned nicely and that the colors were bold enough. Not to mention having to look up most of these movies as we hadn’t seen any of them… eek.

1. Printable Super Bowl 50 Commercial Bingo Super Bowl Bingo Boards | Popcorn & ChocolateI am not even surprised that this is the number 1 post of 2016. These bingo boards got us so much traffic, we were tootin’ our little horns we were so excited. You best believe we will be doing them again this year. It’s our little tradition since college so we gotta stick with it. Behind the scenes: Our other tradition is to make and eat it all through the whole game – just the two of us. Here was our spread: lots of veggies and apples(?), pretzel bites, a faux chicken tender (we thought we should have some protein), chips, and a huuuge bowl of a vegan cauliflower cheese dip. Sooo good. I think I eventually got up for dessert too. No shame. super bowl behind the scenes

Anddd there you have it, our top 10 posts of 2016. I love looking back on our crafts and seeing which ones do well. I get so happy when I see that a craft I loved to make is popular. I hope you all are having a wonderful start to 2017 and hope you all stick around to see what we get up to this year. Let us know in the comments below which one of these DIY’s you liked the best!

50422011067__fcade0b3-b189-4181-bd48-ce77464e5e11And, also, just because I couldn’t leave without sharing this little New Years behind the scene fail. Here is what I wrote without thinking when I was trying out the 2017 champagne bottles. I sent this picture to Rose but she was grocery shopping so I’m going to guess she didn’t notice I put 2007 either.  #whatyearisit?

Glitter Champagne Bottles for New Years

Glitter champagne bottle for New Years | Popcorn and ChocolateRing in New Years this year with these 2017 glitter champagne bottles. They are easy to make and involve buying a bottle of champagne – my kind of craft! Keep reading below to find out how to make these 2017 glitter champagne bottles.

Glitter champagne bottle for New Years | Popcorn and Chocolate

Glitter champagne bottle for New Years | Popcorn and Chocolate

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas/holiday! Seems like the time just flew by and here we are about to celebrate New Years. 2016 has been quite the year and I for one am glad it is coming to a close. I can’t wait to ring in the New Year and say sayonara to 2016.

2017 Glitter champagne bottles | Popcorn and Chocolate

With New Years just a couple days away we thought we would share a simple last minute craft you can do to prepare for the big night. You can make this craft in a couple of hours and will most likely have a lot of the supplies already at home.

Glitter champagne bottle for New Years | Popcorn and Chocolate


If you decide to make these glitter champagne bottles be warned that you might end up with glitter in your hair, stuck to your fingers, all over your clothes and pretty much everywhere you are working. I had a trail of glitter following me from where I made the champagne bottles to where I took pictures and back again. My mom wasn’t thrilled. I think I’ve still got some stuck to my leggings too. It’s a dangerous medium to work with, but definitely worth the risk.

2017 Glitter champagne bottles | Popcorn and Chocolate


  • Glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • Vinyl sticker numbers
  • Paint brush
  • Newspaper to collect all the glitter
  • Champagne bottle

Making the glitter bottle:

  1. Take your vinyl stickers and place the numbers 2017 down the side of your bottle where there is no label. 2017 New Year Champagne Bottle | Popcorn and Chocolate
  2. Paint on mod podge all over the bottle. Be careful when going around the 2017 stickers and try not to get glue on the actual sticker.2017 New Year Champagne bottle | Popcorn and Chocolate
  3. Cover bottle in glitter. Let dry for about an hour. 2017 New Year Champagne bottle | Popcorn and Chocolate
  4. Gently peel off the 2017 stickers. I used an exacto knife to get underneath the stickers and gently pry them up, trying not peel the glitter off around them. 2017 Glitter New Year Champagne bottle | Popcorn and Chocolate
  5. Pop your champagne and enjoy!

2017 Glitter champagne bottles | Popcorn and Chocolate


Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 with these glittery champagne bottles! We hope you all have a wonderful and safe New Years! Let us know in the comments below what you are planning on doing. I’m most likely spending the night at home and cracking open these bottles 😉

Glitter champagne

2017 Glitter champagne bottles | Popcorn and Chocolate


2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & Chocolate

2016 Printable Oscar Ballots

2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & ChocolateAward season is in full swing and the 2016 Oscars are this Sunday people! Get your butt in gear and go print out our Oscar Ballots for a fun game to play whilst you have to sit through all those commercials. Because let’s face it, there are a lot of commercials to get through and there are only so many times you can stand up to refill your popcorn bowl before you finish the whole bag..2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & ChocolateI think my favorite part about watching the Oscars, aside from the fashion, is the huge list added to my list of movies I need to watch in the near future (or when they are available on Netflix). Usually I go into the Oscars having only seen one or two of the movies, which I then proceed to vote for for everything. You see I’m not a huge fan of going to the actual movies, so I miss out on a lot of the movies that are nominated until after the fact. Doesn’t bother me though – I still enjoy watching the Oscars and voting nonetheless! Plus, as I already said, I get a big list of movie possibilities come next Friday night.2016 Oscars | Popcorn & ChocolateI realize most of you actually do like to go to the movies and have seen most of the nominations before the Oscars. Then this free printable Oscar ballot is perfect for your viewing pleasure. All you have to do is print it out and check which box you think should win for each category. You can check as you watch or do it all in the beginning as a little pre-Oscar party fun. At the end you can tally up your score and see who got the most wins!2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & ChocolateEmbarrassing side note: just wrote this whole post writing ballot as ballet and didn’t catch my mistake until now. I mean an Oscar ballet would be pretty cool too but I don’t think we can send you a free printable of that.

Now since I’ve embarrassed myself enough for one post I’ll leave you with our downloadable ballot here:2016 Oscar Ballot

2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & ChocolateLet us know who you think should win best picture in the comments below! And so I don’t feel so embarrassed, any words you realized you spell completely wrong.

2016 Oscar Ballot | Popcorn & Chocolate

Behind The Scenes Photo Dump From 2015

Umm it’s 2016. Like, what? Did 2015 even happen? Where was I? Does anyone else feel like 2015 flew by? Before we dive right on into 2016 I want to take a moment to reflect on 2015. Although it happened in a blink of an eye, we had a lot of fun over here at Popcorn & Chocolate. Some of these moments we shared with you and some we didn’t, so I thought I would do a little round up post of some behind the scene shots from 2015. Please excuse the low quality pictures – this is just for fun!


The year started in typical P&C fashion with a couple selfies. May or may not have involved some alcohol 😉

IMG_9379As our news year’s resolution we decided to cut out processed sugar, which basically just meant we made a lot of cookies with coconut sugar instead of regular sugar. We also ate a lot of that ice cream..

We had a lot of snow days during 2015, which meant a lot of shoveling and a lot of cookie baking.

IMG_9692January ended with my birthday and a lovely crown Rose made me!


IMG_9882We watched the Super Bowl and played Bingo during the commercials. Keep your eyes open this year for a fun Super Bowl post!

This is what typically happens after a food photoshoot (okay and sometimes during..). Those peanut butter and jelly pancakes were just too good.


This is what most of our photo shoots look like – someone standing on a table or a chair and always in pajamas. We made this bailey’s cake for St. Patricks day and were enjoying it all month long.


IMG_5900For Easter we made these bunting flags, which I so beautifully modeled, what am I doing with my fingers??

Then it was Rose’s birthday where I got to decorate my bar cart full of presents and goodies. We also went hiking and ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cause those pancakes weren’t enough.

IMG_0780We ended the month with my favorite day of the year – free cone day at Ben and Jerry’s.

MayIMG_1181Lots of walks and hiking in May.

IMG_1280We did possibly my favorite photo shoot to date with this delicious cilantro lime popcorn.

IMG_1333Lilacs were in full bloom and we went to the local arboretum to see them!

IMG_1665We went to wine night at the zoo where we saw kangaroos!


IMG_1698We moved. It was stressful. This meal made up for all of it.

IMG_1848We went strawberry picking and had to stick our heads in this corn.


IMG_6898This is what happens when you try to take pictures of popsicles.

IMG_1968The famous crotch shot from our watermelon mojitos… nice socks.

Lots and lots of trips to Cape Cod, which were filled with lots of fish tacos and lots of puzzles and lots of not pictured s’mores.


IMG_2765True life I’m a crafter and a chocolate addict.. this is a typical scene found in our apartment. As are these…

We were busy painting away in August.


Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe visited this goon.

IMG_3271We also finally got a tripod! No more standing on tables.. still pajamas though, always pajamas. And socks.


We went to plant night and added to our ever growing succulent collection.

IMG_8145On our trip back home  we scared the bejesus out of my dog in our Halloween costumes.

We had a Halloween party the night before Halloween (and didn’t take down the decorations for a couple of weeks); on actual Halloween we ate popcorn and lots of chocolate.


IMG_4114The not so appetizing attempts at what I ate Wednesday.

Someone always gets the fun job of holding up the background. Awkward fingers out again for this apple cider popcorn picture.

IMG_4305It’s hard to find space to make lunch whilst working on 3 different projects…


Some presents underneath our tiny fake Christmas tree and one batch of many many many Christmas cookies we baked.

IMG_4588“Why won’t anyone help me up?” Back home for the Christmas holidays.

IMG_4655.jpgDecember wouldn’t be complete without some gingerbread houses. These are my mom’s, mine, and Rose’s masterpieces.

There you have it folks! Some highlights and outtakes from our 2015. Hope you enjoyed it! Let us know in the comments below some of your favorite times from 2015! Happy New Year!