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Funfetti Popcorn Balls and Pillow Forts- Family Night!

Thank you to Pop Secret for sponsoring today’s post and inspiring me to try building a pillow fort! #PopSecretForts

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This Momma does not like snow days. They make me all crazy-like. Everything is off around our household when it is freezing outside. We are all standing around, pent up, looking for things to do. Not this time. Pop Secret  and fort making to the rescue!

Popcorn. Check.

Marshmallows. Check.

Butter. Check.

Sprinkles. Check.

Anna and Elsa dolls. Check. (These dolls go everywhere).

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Boom. Funfetti Popcorn Balls are born. Think rice crispy treats, but bigger, a little chewier, and REALLY fantastic (especially if you are a popcorn lover, as I am.) I used Pop-Secret Homestyle popcorn and it was perfect- not too sweet or buttery so I could add the flavor I wanted.

So we went to work making these little fist-sized balls of heaven. And they came out really good. I am going to give you the recipe at the bottom.

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But we can’t just sit around eat sugar all night?! Hey, remember the good ole’ days when we used to build forts out of everything possible? I had to teach my daughter the fun of a fort. She is all into hide and seek, so I knew she would be obsessed.

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We played all night. Hide-and-seek, doctor fixing boo-boo’s, and read books in the fort. We even fell asleep there.

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The next day, the fort was still up.

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I couldn’t get that little girl to stop running around like a mad woman in the couch! It was so much fun. I need to do this more often. Find free and fun things to make our house a complete imagination play-zone.

Even my husband was impressed I could throw together such a great fort!

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For a fantastic pillow fort:



Sheets (2)


Pillows (as many as possible!)

Chairs (2)


Stick a broom in the center of the couch, handle down, stuck in the seat cushions. Use pillows to lean against the weight of the broom, so the broom is behind couch cushions yet sticking out and up a bit. This will be the center of your fort.

Prop up two large couch cushions vertically. Take one corner of a fitted sheet and place around cushion. Tuck behind broom. Then place the other side around the opposite couch cushion. The sheet should create a small fort.

Drape another sheet over the fort. Place a chair on each end of the couch, and tie the sheet to the chair, creating a fantastic sheet-fort.

Stuff the couch inside with many pillows, add blankets to the floor, lots of games and dolls, and body pillows. Bring out the popcorn and movies and books and have fun!

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Funfetti Popcorn Balls

Makes about 10-12 balls

1 bag Pop-Secret Homestyle Popcorn

1/4 cup butter

3 mini cups marshmallows

1 small jar sprinkles

Cooking Spray

1. Cook the popcorn according to directions and your microwave. Try not to burn it!

2. Remove all the unpopped kernels as best as possible. Put popcorn in a large bowl.

3. In a small saucepan, heat the butter on low until melted.

4. Stir in the marshmallows on low heat until combined.

5. Add butter and marshmallow mixture to bowl with popcorn and stir until well combined.

6. Add sprinkles, stirring until evenly distributed.

7. Spray your hands with cooking spray, and form small balls out of popcorn mixture.


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  • Reply Joyce Duboise

    Well this is just a fabulous idea. Can I please hang at your place? What a cool idea to build forts and eat homemade popcorn balls. It sounds delicious and easy to make. Awesome idea!

    January 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Sure, come over! Haha, no for real it was a fun time.

      January 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Angelic @

    Those Funfetti Popcorn Balls look so YUMMY! I love adding candies to popcorn. It just makes it so much yummier <3

    January 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Susannah

    Looks like you had a blast!

    January 21, 2015 at 11:49 pm
  • Reply Robin Rue

    What a cute idea. My boys would totally love it if I made those. I am going to have to make some soon!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:48 am
  • Reply Aisha Kristine Chong

    OMG such big popcorns, haha! I wanted to make something like this as well. It looks so delicious!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:58 am
  • Reply Carra D

    Oh how fun and easy for a movie night. Loving the fort! Wish my friends kids weren’t getting so big, I miss when they were little.

    January 22, 2015 at 4:31 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      I know, I don’t want her to grow up! (Selfishly…). I bet you get to do other fun things with your kids, though!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Ashley Brewer Applegate

    Popcorn and funfetti are literally my two favorite things- cannot wait to try this out! I’m working on a snow day post and would love to link this recipe up to it 🙂

    January 22, 2015 at 6:22 am
  • Reply Chelsee

    Omgsh this is the cutest idea ever! She looked like she loved the popcorn balls and her little tent! I loved doing this when I was little too. I will have to try the popcorn balls for sure!

    January 22, 2015 at 7:17 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Thanks Chelsee! She loved it, haha. Give the popcorn balls a shot and let me know how they turn out!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:45 pm
  • Reply Chelsea Thom

    Now that’s an AWESOME fort! And those popcorn balls look absolutely delicious!

    January 22, 2015 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Christine Rosko

    This is adorable. I want to be five with Frozen dolls and popcorn balls. Where was that when I was a kid?

    January 22, 2015 at 8:05 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      I know! Kids have it so good! So many great snacks and dolls.

      January 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Tawnya Faust

    OMG these look so yummy!! I’m totally pinning these for future tent parties 😉

    January 22, 2015 at 8:21 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Thanks for pinning, Tawnya! 🙂

      January 27, 2015 at 10:44 pm
  • Reply Mae

    Beautiful post! Looks like so much fun and such a wonderful memory to have created.

    January 22, 2015 at 8:34 am
  • Reply Vicki W

    This is such a cute, sweet little treat! I will have to try these out for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party! I will never forget our tent making days and my mom’s face when she found that I nailed…yes, nailed her sheet into the floor LOL…..

    January 22, 2015 at 11:15 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Ha! That is great! You were certainly determined!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Echo (The Mad Mommy)

    What a fun day and a sweet treat! I have never made popcorn balls and my kids love popcorn! I think I should give your recipe a try this weekend!

    January 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm
  • Reply Jennifer

    Those popcorn balls are cute. I never considered adding sprinkles.

    January 22, 2015 at 1:27 pm
  • Reply Karen Peterson

    Those are so cute! What a fun day!

    January 22, 2015 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Sharon Ulery Ruggieri

    I love these! Yummy…gotta make some. And we totally build the forts around here all the time. Oh, and my daughter has to bring her Anna and Elsa dolls in them too 🙂

    January 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Oh yes Anna and Elsa go everywhere… it is pure madness! 🙂

      January 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm
  • Reply Lisa @bitesforbabies

    This is one of those quintessential kid snacks, lol! Chewy, crunchy, and colourful! Looks like it was a hit!

    January 22, 2015 at 7:25 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      YES! Anything with sprinkles my daughter will eat. Of course… haha.

      January 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Olivia Schwab

    These look like a great snack! I used to love making forts when I was younger! My sister and I had some pretty awesome ones a while back!

    January 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Fort making is so fun. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Vidya Sudarsan

    Wow – popcorn is such a good snack.. and presenting like this makes it even more yummier!

    January 22, 2015 at 9:07 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      I love popcorn more than I should, but I prefer Jamaican Jerk seasoning on mine! SO good!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Tami - This Mom's Delight

    My daughter loves popcorn a lot. This treat would be fun for the entire family too!

    January 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Yea, and I think you could forego sprinkles too!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Fiona Naughton

    Seriously yum! I have to have a go at making these this weekend, they look delicious! Pinning for later 🙂

    January 23, 2015 at 3:58 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Thanks for pinning, Fiona! 🙂 Let me know if they turned out good!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply yonawilliams

    I cannot believe that in all the sweet treats I’ve made, I have not tried to play around with popcorn balls. I think a long time ago, I tried to make caramel corn balls (unsuccessfully). OMGoodness, I want one of those popcorn balls.

    January 23, 2015 at 9:08 am
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Oh caramel corn balls sound amazing! I have had so many let downs with desserts, too. This was pretty easy since it was popcorn and marshmallow and butter is like glue!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply CourtneyLynne

    Omg not only do these look delicious but it looks like y’all had a fun time!!!! I need to do this with my princess ❤

    January 23, 2015 at 7:20 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      Give it a shot and let me know how it goes!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply April Mims

    I’m not a fan of snow days either but you made the best of it. The popcorn balls look delicious and the perfect snack to eat in a fort.

    January 23, 2015 at 7:44 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      It was a great day to spend inside for sure! We tried to make the most of it 🙂

      January 27, 2015 at 10:41 pm
  • Reply April

    These sound delicious!

    January 27, 2015 at 9:34 pm
    • Reply Tiffany Cutcliff

      🙂 Thanks April!

      January 27, 2015 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply mommamellon

    They look delicious. 🙂 This fort looks like a little girl’s dream come true!

    January 28, 2015 at 7:22 am
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