By Noreen Doll.
Here’s an easy lollipop bouquet that would make a fun centerpiece for a kid’s party.
Or the lollipops could be shared with classmates for Valentine’s Day or Easter.
Kids could easily make these pops. It would be great scissors practice for little ones.
If you are making the lollipops with a group, you can precut all the squares and then let the kids choose the color assortment they like.
Poking the hole in the center should be supervised, or done by, an adult if using a sharp object.
Colorful Designer Paper
Green Card Stock or Construction Paper
Skewer or Sharp Tool to Poke Holes
Instructions for a Lollipop Bouquet
1. Cut the designer paper into a 3 1/2 inch square.
2. Fold the square in half.
Fold it in half again to make a folded square.
3. With the square folded, cut the open point part into a rounded petal.
If kids need help, you can lightly draw where the cut should be made.
4. Poke a hole in the center of the flower.
5. Cut a 4 inch square of tissue paper.
6. Poke a hole in the center.
7. Fold a 6 inch wide piece of green paper in half.
Make a leaf pattern. Lay it on the fold of the green paper as shown. Trace and cut out.
Make sure it is wide enough at the fold to allow a fairly large hole in the center.
8. Poke a hole in the center of the leaf.
Put the lollipop bouquet together.
9. Pick up a lollipop and twist the paper tightly around the stem.
10. Put the lollipop stem through the center of the tissue paper and scrunch the paper up around the lollipop.
11. Put the lollipop stem through the hole in the designer paper flower.
Press the flower gently up around the pop and curl the edges down a little with your fingers.
12. Put the stem through the hole in the leaf and press all three papers up against the candy part.
To make the lollipop bouquet, I turned a styrofoam cup upside down and made snug holes in the bottom.
You need to balance the bouquet with one hand until you get all the pops in – so it won’t over balance.
How to Make the Perfect Vase for a Lollipop Bouquet.
One of my readers, Linda, commented that I had the perfect vase for the bouquet, so I’m going to share my secret.
I was trying to find something to hold the lollipops in a group so I could photograph them, and I came up with this idea.
I had a large styrofoam drink cup that looked perfect for the job.
Of course, if you are going to use one you will have to drink a large soda first.
After the cup is empty and has been washed, cut off the bottom, right where the white meets the blue (or whatever color your cup is).
Turn the bottom piece upside down and use a skewer or ice pick to poke a small hole in the bottom where you want each lollipop flower to go.
You want the hole to be tiny so it’s a snug fit for the lollipop handle, which helps the flower to stay in place.
This is how it looks from the inside of the cup.
I tried to space the holes evenly around. 3 seemed to be a perfect number, but you could easily add more.
If you’re going to use a styro cup as your vase, you might want to smooth the edges a bit. I didn’t because I was just using the cup as a photography prop.
Pop your flowers into the holes and your lollipop bouquet has a perfect vase!
I used Tootsie Pops for this lollipop bouquet because you need round pops for the flower.
If you use smaller lollipops, you will need to cut the paper squares smaller.
It helps to turn the stem as you put it through the holes, twisting in the same direction that tightens the lollipop wrapper around the stem.
You could also put a thick styrofoam block into a painted tin can or flower pot to secure the stems of the lollipop bouquet.
© Noreen Doll