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).
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 . . .)
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.
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.
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?