Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn Bags

A few years ago I discovered that if I wanted to quickly make homemade popcorn in the microwave, all I needed was a brown paper lunch bag and some popcorn kernels. There was no need to buy the store bought microwave popcorn bags that always feel so greasy to me.  I could just put some popcorn kernels in a bag and make my own microwave popcorn and then add any butter and salt in the amounts that feel good to me, or just eat the plain popcorn.

Make your own homemade microwave popcorn bags

But believe it or not, sometimes even that felt like too much work. If we were sitting around watching TV at night and some popcorn sounded good, I often times wouldn’t want to find a lunch bag, and then measure my kernels to get things started. I know that sounds super lazy because it’s really not that much work but by the end of the day it’s easy to find excuses when you’re tired.

I decided I had to give myself some of the same convenience as the store bought microwave popcorn bags. I had to have things all ready to go so if I want a little popcorn snack at the end of the day I can just grab a packet and stick it in the microwave.

Easy homemade microwave popcorn bags using brown paper lunch bags and popcorn kernels

How To Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn Bags

So this past week I decided to make some homemade microwave popcorn bags ahead of time. I took six brown paper lunch bags and put ΒΌ cup of popcorn kernels in each bag.

Then I folded the top of each bag over twice with two small folds and taped it down with a small piece of tape.

Next I folded each bag into thirds to make it a nice “packet” size and put a rubber band around it to keep it folded together. (NOTE:  the rubber band has to be removed again before microwaving!)

Finally, I made some quick labels for my bags to help me remember the cooking time that works best in my microwave (heating for 2 minutes) and put the labels on each bag.

And now my homemade microwave popcorn bags were ready to go!

Homemade Microwave Popcorn Bags

Using Your Homemade Microwave Popcorn Bags

When it comes time to use one of my homemade microwave popcorn bags, I just pull the rubber band off and lay the bag down flat in the microwave. I then heat my bag for 2 minutes which is a time I’ve found works well with my microwave when most of the kernels have popped but nothing has burned.

If you have never used the brown lunch bag method for popcorn in your microwave, you may want to watch carefully the first few times as burning can happen a little quicker than with the conventional store bought packets that have the greasy coatings on the bags.

The main downside to having burned popcorn in your microwave is that the smell can stay in the microwave for a long time. Yes, indeed – a long time.  I speak from experience on this one. So if you have any doubts, start with shorter times and work your way up from there.

Also, you don’t necessarily have to fold your bags into packets held together with a rubber band (or string would work too). You can just store your bags flat if you wish. However because these bags are being made ahead of time for the sake of convenience, it’s also convenient to have them folded into a smaller size for easy storage.

How to make homemade microwave popcorn bags

Once your popcorn is popped you can season it to your liking. I know it seems kind of contradictory that after I said I was too lazy to measure my popcorn at the end of the day, that then I still have the energy to get some butter and melt it. BUT, once the process is going, I find it easier to take the final steps. It’s overcoming the inertia of getting off the couch in the first place that can be the hard part for me. And having some packets ready to go is very helpful for that!

Also, I like the option of just being able to eat the popcorn plain if I want to, or I can get adventurous with some other popcorn seasonings. When you make your own you have much more control and much more variety too!

Make your own microwave popcorn bags

And although I have not done the math, I’m positive these are money savers as well which makes these homemade microwave popcorn bags not only healthier, but cheaper too.

Once again, making your own can be a perfect WIN-WIN solution. πŸ™‚

Homemade Microwave Popcorn Bags

Do you like the convenience of microwave popcorn packets? It's easy to make your own with a brown paper lunch bag and some popcorn kernels.


  • 1 Brown Paper Lunch Bag
  • 1/4 Cup Popcorn Kernels


  • Place 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in the brown paper lunch bag.
  • Fold the top of the lunch bag over twice, using small folds, and tack down with a small piece of tape.
  • Fold the bag into thirds to make it the size of a packet, and then hold it together with a rubber band or a piece of string.
  • To use:  Remove the rubber band or string, and lay the bag flat in the microwave. Heat for 2 minutes.
  • Note: You may want to test heating times in your own microwave, starting with shorter times and working your way up from there to avoid any burning.








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  1. This is Awesome I have been doing this a while now, before I found your writing! I had a question of putting tape (a small piece) on it to keep it close and I am Grateful I found your site!
    Thank you so much!

  2. Sounds great and I will definitely try this. Do you know if you could throw seasoning into the bag with the unpopped popcorn? Now who’s lazy?! Lol. Thank you!

    1. I don’t think the seasoning in the bag would work because there is no butter or anything moist for the seasoning to stick to. But it would sure be convenient if that did work!

  3. I was checking on Amazon for some simple popcorn bags. There were some, however, I figured regular brown bags could work. I saw your website and voila your idea is the best. I have popcorn spray so all I need to do is spray a little on the popcorn after popping and I am ready to go. Thanks for the tip!

  4. Found some popcorn kernels while cleaning out my cabinet. Bought a stack of lunch bags at Wal-Mart for less than $2. My microwave has a popcorn setting, so I tried that and it worked great. Thanks for this easy idea. Going to get some bulk popcorn this weekend.