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This is a fabulous party centerpiece made of homemade lollipops!

It's simple to make, here's what you'll need:
4" Styrofoam ball
mason jar
cardboard tube (this is a sturdier variety)
Washi tape or scrapbook paper

Homemade sucker supplies or store bought suckers:
     *small plastic bags
     *corn syrup, water, sugar, food coloring, candy flavoring
     *candy thermometer
     *twist ties, twine or tape
     *lollipop molds and clips
     *lollipop sticks

Step 1: Make Your Suckers...

Make your suckers or skip to step 4 and buy some!
Either way it will be cute!

Lollipop or Hard Candy recipe:
2 Cups sugar
2/3 Cup corn syrup
1 Cup water
1 dram of candy flavoring
food coloring

You'll need to set up your lollipop molds before you get cooking.
Each mold snuggles a lollipop stick and clips in place.
lightly spray the molds with non-stick spray and begin to boil your first 3 ingredients: sugar, corn syrup and water.

Boil on high until temperature reaches 300* or Hard Crack.  (takes 10-15 minutes depending on heat)
Remove from heat, add flavoring and food coloring.  (we used Root Beer and it needed no additional coloring)

Step 2: Pour Quickly!

After your flavor and color are quickly mixed in, hold pan and let liquid pour into the molds.  You have to work fast before it cools off.  Fill the molds to the top!
Allow them to cool completely.  (about 20 minutes)

Step 3: Tie Them Off!

Take the cooled lollipops and put them in little plastic candy bags.  We used washi tape to tape them off, but twist ties or twine are great too!
Little hands love to help!

Step 4: Now Construct the Stand!

Take your styrofoam ball and hot glue it to your cardboard tube.
Decorate with washi tape or scrapbook paper.

Insert tube into mason jar, so that the tube reaches the base and the ball rests on top.
(our jar was an old salsa jar...upcycle)

Step 5: Insert the Sticks!

Carefully insert your lollipops into the Styrofoam ball!  You have to work gently so the styrofoam doesn't crumble.
Each stick is inserted about an inch or so.  Fill it until it looks like a colorful explosion!

Perfect for Parties, baby showers and centerpieces!  This would be darling with dum-dums too!  A great display for cake pops!  Could be a holiday advent calendar!  A bouquet to brighten someone's day!   Endless amazing options! :)


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Awesome! I agree with Scooch, the washi tape looks great on it :)
I've never seen sucker forms like that! Definitely need. Also, I appreciate your use of washi tape (which I just learned about). Fun! Can we be neighbors??
I'd love to have a super creative neighbor! Yes, let's hang out! :) Thanks!

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