Here’s how to make a Lollipop Tree for Halloween

I’m a “sucker” for a good, Halloween wiggle googly eye craft . . . and so I decided to marry a few wiggle googly eyes with a Lollipop Topiary to create a Halloween Lollipop Tree. This was a team effort, and I made the eyeballs while my daughter worked on the Dum-Dum suckers (FYI – Lollipop Trees are sometimes called Dum-Dum Trees). Here’s how to make your own Halloween Lollipop Tree.

how to make a candy tree

Halloween Lollipop Tree.

To make a Halloween Lollipop Tree, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” ball; 6 – 7, 1-1/2” – 2” balls
  • Terra cotta pot large enough to hold the ball (mine measured 4-1/2” across the top)
  • Paint (if needed for the pot)
  • Dum Dum Pops (I used a 2.7-lb. bag & had lots leftover)
  • Assorted wiggle eyes
  • Chenille stems
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Glue Dots
  • Tools: Pen or pencil
how to make a lollipop topiary

If we were making an everyday Lollipop Tree, this is all we’d need.

To make a Halloween Lollipop Tree:

1. Paint your pot (optional). Let dry.

instructions for making a candy tree for kids

Here’s the underside of your Dum-Dum covered ball. This is the portion that will rest in the pot.

2. Place the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on the pot. Insert a ring of lollipops around the ball where it meets the pot. Remove the ball and fill in the top half of the ball with lollipops. When the ball is covered, return it to the pot.

how to make googly eye eyeballs

The eyeballs are easy to make, and a quick way to add a Halloween touch to your Lollipop Topiary.

3. Make your eyeballs: Glue wiggle eyes onto balls of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Wrap chenille stems around a pen or pencil, forming a coiled stem. Insert an eyeball onto one end of the coiled stem, and insert the other end into the Lollipop Tree. (I added six eyeballs to my Lollipop Tree.) Fill in with a few extra coiled stems.

4. Using glue dots, add googly eyes to random lollipops and the pot.

how to make a candy tree

Halloween Lollipop Tree.

There are so many ways you could use this candy tree. It would be a festive centerpiece at home, of course. Halloween night, trick-or-treaters can “pick” their own treat from the candy tree. It’s perfect for a Halloween classroom party – or home party, too.

DIY a candy bar centeriece

Quick Candy Topiary

If you’re more of a chocolate, nuts & caramel fan, here’s another candy centerpiece idea. This candy topiary is also easy to do, and in fact, it’s called the Quick Candy Topiary. It’s like a “candy bar buffet” and if you’re planning a Halloween party, this can do double-duty as your centerpiece and your dessert.

Are you planning a Halloween party? Or have you been to one this year? What makes for a great Halloween party? Do you have any tips and tricks you can share?

Happy crafting.


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24 Responses to Here’s how to make a Lollipop Tree for Halloween

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  4. Victoria says:

    Love these!

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  12. Christina at I Gotta Create! says:

    You are a STAR! Featuring you today. I love this idea. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! ❤ Christina

  13. Sharon cowley says:

    Can you show us how to make candy trees, the Halloween lollipop tree was great

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  15. This is so cute! My son is sitting on my lap and looking at pics – he loved it!

  16. Sar Tann says:

    I love these types of crafts. They are so cute but harder to eat because they are so cute. lolol

  17. OMG!!! So cute! Where was this last night when I needed it???? I literally made a lollipop topiary last night (without the cute eyeballs and chenille stems) for a friend with a milestone birthday!!! And had I read your tutorial, I would have started from the bottom instead of the top with the suckers (it got a little tricky at times but worked out). Now I know better for next time. You always have the coolest projects on here!

    • Sharon says:

      How funny – great minds think alike! So sorry you had trouble with your Lollipop Tree, Michelle. Next time, you’ll have it down! Thanks so much! Sharon

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