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Category Outdoor Play Date January 21st, 2021

DIY decor: lollipops

“It's the most wonderful time of the year”

We turned Lucy's playhouse into a candy wonderland for Christmas! I shared pictures of it once it was finished but promised to share how we DIY'ed almost every thing on the house. 

So, as promised, I am here to tell you how I created the DIY lollipops that we planted in Lucy's window boxes! Keep in mind, I make things up as they go along, so this is just how I did it! If you have any ideas of how I could have done it better, hop in the comments and let me know! :)

I think these could be REALLY cute for indoor Valentine's Day play (or any day play) and if you make them to use outdoors, they would probably be better outdoors in a sheltered area like a porch. They lasted through a snowstorm and a rainstorm but definitely weren't made to be "weatherproof" for months and months. 

You will need 4x4 foam circles, acrylic paint, white acrylic paint, wooden skewers, glitter,  glue, sealant, and white electrical tape  (These are affiliate links. If you click on them to purchase anything I receive a small commission at no cost to you.)

Here's the super simple steps I followed (indepth commentary below).

Step 1. Mix Paint

Step 2. Paint Lollipop

Step 3. Glue Glitter on Lollipop

Step 4. Make Candy Stick for Lollipop

Step 5. If putting them outdoors, spray paint them with glitter spray paint

Step 6. If putting them outdoors, weather seal them with spray sealant

I had small tubes of acrylic paint, so I gathered the colors I wanted to use: orange, magenta, purple and green/turqoise. I mixed each of those with white acrylic paint to create the pastel colors I would use to paint the lillipop swirls. Then I got to work!

Once I had the color I wanted, I simply painted a swirl right onto the 4x4 styrofoam disks. I also painted the sides to match.

I didn't make them double sided for the window boxes but might take the time to do that in the future for indoor imaginary play. 

After the swirl had dried, I applied a thin layer of Elmer's glue to the top of the lollipop using a paintbrush and sprinkled crystal glitter all over it.  

For the sticks, I used wooden skewers and started by simply painting them white and once they had dried, sticking the pointed end right into the lollipop. I found that I wanted the sticks to be a little thicker so I found some white electrical tape and wound it around the stick to create the look I was really going for. Either option works great! 

If I were going to leave the lollipops inside to play with, this is where I would stop. But, because this batch was going outside to decorate Lucy's playhouse, I needed to weather proof them. I spray painted them with glitter spray paint, then, after that had dried, sealed them with spray sealant, and finally added one more coating of glitter right on top of the sealant before it dried. 

I made four for each window box. Two in each color: peach, lavender, pale turquoise, and pink.

I found out on my first test run, if I didn't seal the lollipops with spray glitter, the sealant would eat through the paint and the foam. So if you follow my directions, don't skip the spray paint step. They have to be sealed before you weather seal them! (And still go lightly with the weather sealant!) The spray is very noxious, so be sure to do it outside in a well ventilated area and if you don't need it, I would recommend skipping both the spray paint and the spray sealant entirely. :)

We loved the window box candy! Check back in for another tutorial soon! 

Want to shop this post? The links below are are amazon affiliate links which means, if you clickity over to amazon and purchase something, I receive a small commission at no cost to you. Any compensation from the link goes right into Lucy's warrior fund to help us, help her, battle retinoblastoma. You can follow along on her journey using her hashtag, #lucythewarrior on facebook and instagram.  xoxo

4x4 styrofoam discs,

acrylic paint,

white acrylic paint ,

wooden skewers, 

glitter,

glue,

white electrical tape 

Optional: for weather sealing

glitter spray paint (opulant opal)

spray sealant

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