DumDum lollypop topiary instructions

I was inspired by a pin on pinterest but the link was dead so here are my instructions on how to make this neat centerpiece.

thanks for the picture Jon! ( I’ll try and add a clear one later)

You will need;

1 styrofome ball, mine was 4in diameter, smaller or bigger sizes are usable but this was visually pleasing to me for proportions.

300 dum dum’s (apx) I used 280ish on mine but there were, um, losses of raw materials that made having extra a good idea

1 stick – proportional to the ball, mine was 12inches

ribbon – enough to cover your stick

vase or something to act as a base


Step one (sorry no picture) – tape the end of your ribbon to the end of your stick and then wrap the ribbon around the stick in a slightly diagonal direction to cover the stick and move down to the other end.  Tape the other end (or glue, you pick)

Step three – push stick into the ball until it is firmly in place.  The ball will be heavy so you don’t need to go in very far as the weight will hold the ball down.  DO NOT push the stick in more then 1/4 of the way as this will weaken the ball and cause it to split.

TIP – basically never use the stick as a handle, handle the ball end whenever possible.  You can really only hold it straight up and down without risking making the hole too big and the stick falling out too easily, or, the ball falling off.

Step Four

start dead center top and create a row of lolly pops around the ball until you get within an inch of the stick.  Press each one in straight apx a quarter inch (enough that it does not move easily).  I made each pop touch the previous one so they all helped hold each other in.  Repeat on the other side so now you have a lolly pop mowhawak.

Step Five

Rotate 90 degrees and make another row.  Continue to fill in by quarter until it is full, going by row helped me keep good spacing.  Do Not worry about color, unless you are going for a theme, random creates a nice look.  Make sure you push in straight and not too far into the ball.  Look for empty spots and fill in until it is uniformly full.  When you put it down, rest it on the most lollypopped section to keep them from bending.

Step Six– the base (not exactly pictured but you can see it in the main picture)

you will notice at some point that a ball of almost 300 suckers is heavy.  I googled the project at this point and nobody really had a great way to anchor the bottom so it was not in imminent danger of tipping over.  The closest I found to a stable design was using a small pot and resting the ball on top of it (eliminating the stick element) but that didn’t have the same look I was going for.  My solution was to use a vase that came with flowers and rest the weight of the ball on the top of the vase.  Fortunately the stick was a perfect length to rest on the bottom of the vase.  I added shredded paper around the bottom for visual camo but from a distance you could hardly see the vase.  Using a darker ribbon would have made the effect better.

– other options could be

fill a small container with cement and anchor the stick into it first and put the ball on top last

have a container that is filled with something heavy like ball bearings or change (pennies and dimes)  and cover the top with something pretty

The final question is what to do with it after the party.  I didn’t have to worry about that because it crashed to the ground and made a great pinia explosion but it was well timed and worked out.

If it survives the party I suggest bringing it to work or dismantling it since it will just be a constant source of ‘can i have a sucker’ comments that will drive you crazy.  I heard one class has one that kids that do something good get to get a pop from the tree but then you run into sugar in the class room etc etc.

For Halloween I used some of my extra for this project – how to make lolly pop spiders

Here is one thing I did with my extras

ps. the bag with the rest is hidden away….

pps. any interest in the lolly pop bow instructions?  I’m out of time today

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6 responses to “DumDum lollypop topiary instructions”

  1. Lori says :

    Very cute for a childs party or activity. The same process can be used for more adult themes or special occasions using fruits and or vegetables, meat and cheese squares, or even chocolates. Once you know the technique the rest is limited only by the imagination. Thanks for sharing the step by step process!


    • kateluthner79 says :

      thanks for the comment, I agree, this can be used for almost any item that can be secured by toothpick. My husband said maybe wrapping the ball in plastic first would keep anything from sticking to the food.


  2. Ann Zadziejko says :

    Thanks for showing this I’m doing this for my husbands 50th theme is 50 sucks 50 blows.


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