How to Make Styrofoam Lollipops

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Things You'll Need

  • Styrofoam sheet, 1/2 inch thick
  • Mat knife
  • Salad plate
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Cellophane sheets, colored
  • Curling ribbon
  • 12-inch unfinished wood dowel
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Colorful Styrofoam lollipops can be flat or ball-shaped. Children and adults can make a variety of themed lollipops for table centerpieces, holiday decorations or as a party activity. They can also be made as gifts for friends and relatives or given as special treats. A little imagination will go a long way toward transforming Styrofoam into conversation pieces and little works of art.

Lay a salad plate near a corner of a Styrofoam sheet and trace the outline with a pencil. The plate is a lollipop template.

Use a mat knife to carefully cut the lollipop out of the Styrofoam sheet.

Insert the end of a wood dowel into the bottom of a Styrofoam disc about 1 inch and pull it out. Use a hot glue gun to drop a few dabs of hot glue into the hole, then reinsert the wood dowel to secure it.

Open a colored cellophane sheet and wrap it over and around the Styrofoam disc. Pull the sheet down to the base of the disc evenly all around the disc so it fits tightly using your hand.

Grip one end of the 12-inch curling ribbon strip with your thumb on the hand holding the cellophane in place. Wrap the ribbon around the dowel at the base of the Styrofoam disc and tie the cellophane in place. Use scissors to curl any excess ribbon.

Cut several 12-inch strips of curling ribbon. Use scissors to curl them. Tie them around the dowel at the base of the lollipop. Insert in a potted plant or in a raw potato in a clay pot or dish to hold in place.


  • Printed fabric can be used in place of colored cellophane. Themes can determine color and patterns.


  • Only adults should handle the mat knife.


About the Author

For over 25 years, Natasha Lawrence has written for publications from "Alaska Business Monthly" to "Savannah Magazine" and provided destination content as Florida city editor for Wcities. Her expertise in arts and crafts includes calligraphy, painting, mosaics, jewelry making, paper crafts and home decor, often offering workshops in museums and art centers.

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