DIY a summer-easy Patriotic Lollipop Tree

I’ve shared how to make a Lollipop Tree before – I like making Lollipop Bouquets and dressing them up for different holidays. Lollipop Trees are a fun and easy craft, and they serve double duty as a dessert and centerpiece, and are great hostess gifts, too. Summer is all about entertaining, family reunions, graduation parties, and other get-togethers, and a Lollipop Tree is my go-to-idea for all of these events. Here’s how I made a Patriotic Lollipop Tree (and you can vote on whether the pinwheels stay or go).

Easy, Patriotic Lollipop Tree Tutorial on


I made the Patriotic Lollipop Tree with and without the pinwheels. I had several ideas for decorating the centerpiece, and finally decided on the pinwheels. I wasn’t really sure about them, and thought they looked like Cindy Lou Who’s hair. But once the breeze picked up and the pinwheels started turning, I decided they were perfect. (Not everyone here agrees with me, however . . .)

Perfect for summer picnics! Tutorial on

Great idea for summer, and it's a dessert and a centerpiece. Easy.

I liked the pinwheels better once they started to turn in the breeze.

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

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” ball
  • Tin pail, terra cotta pot, or other container large enough to hold the ball (it should measure approximately 4-1/2” wide at the top)
  • Tootsie Roll Pops® in red, white and blue, about 75 – 80 total (I’m sure you can find these locally, but I  purchased mine online at Oriental Trading. You’ll need five – six bags.)
  • Glittered cardstock in red and blue
  • Glue dots
  • Optional: Small pinwheels, patriotic paper straws
  • Tools needed: Scissors; sharp pencil; optional: star paper punches

To make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree

1. Rest the ball in your container, and using the sharp pencil, score a line all around the ball where it meets the top of the container.

2. Insert the first row of red Tootsie Pops following the scored line around the ball.

3. Add a row of white Tootsie Pops, followed by another row of red Tootsie Pops.

How to DIY a Patriotic Lollipop Tree. Great for summer parties!

Add the red and white stripes, and then fill in the top with blue and white Tootsie Roll Pops.

4. Fill in the top with blue and white Tootsie Pops. As you add more Tootsie Pops, it will be harder to insert the stems without running into another stem. You may need to try a few different angles to successfully insert the last few Tootie Pops.

5. Cut out stars from glittered cardstock with scissors or paper punches. Adhere stars to the pail with glue dots.

6. Optional: Insert a pinwheel into the Lollipop Tree to check the height. If needed, trim the end of the handle. Cut a paper straw the length of the handle, minus an inch or two. Slip the straw onto the pinwheel handle, and insert the handle into the topiary.

Here are a few of the other Lollipop Bouquets I’ve made.

Fun tutorials for all of these Lollipop Trees on

Halloween Lollipop Tree 

Valentine’s Day Lollipop Cupcake

Red Roses Lollipop Bouquet

For a few more easy patriotic crafts, check out the round up I posted a few weeks ago.

So, what do you think of the pinwheels? Should they stay or should they go? How would you decorate your Patriotic Lollipop Tree?

Summer fun! How to make a Patriotic Lollipop Tree over on

How would you decorate a Patriotic Lollipop Tree?

Happy crafting.



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10 Responses to DIY a summer-easy Patriotic Lollipop Tree

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  2. Teddi says:

    Where do you get the lollipops from?

    • Sharon says:

      Hi Teddi, Thank you for stopping in! I believe you’ll find them at dollar stores, WalMart and even online at Oriental Trading Co. I can’t exactly remember where I found mine, but it would have been one of these places. Happy crafting! Sharon

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  4. This is adorable! & who doesn’t love lollipops! Feel free to check out our blog, 🙂

  5. Personally, I love the pinwheels!! I think they are fun and I don’t know any kid who doesn’t love pinwheels!! Keep them in the bouquet please! 🙂

  6. LisaM6 says:

    What a great 4th decoration. Love it. I want to make a couple of the cupcakes to go with my floral cupcakes and mini book.

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