DIY Giant Lollipop Props - Perfect Candy Land or Wonka Party Decorations

DIY Giant Lollipop Props - Perfect Candy Land or Wonka Party Decorations

Planning a Candy Land themed birthday party or a Wonka themed movie night? Giant lollipop props are a perfect, eye-catching decoration that adds a whimsical touch to any event. I recently created these for our neighborhood's movie night at the pool, where we showcased the new movie, Wonka! These vibrant, playful lollipops were a hit and a surprisingly inexpensive decoration to make! Here's a step-by-step guide on how to create your own DIY giant lollipops.


Supplies Needed: 

- Pool noodles (3 per lollipop)
- Duct tape
- PVC pipe
- Paper mache mix (flour and water)
- Crepe paper streamers
- Acrylic Paint and Paint Brush
- Cellophane 
- Exacto Knife or sharp tip scissors


Step by Step instructions 

 1. Tape pool noodles together

Take three pool noodles and tape them together lengthwise using duct tape. Use extra tape if needed to ensure they are secure and tightly bound together. You should have a straight line that it 3 pool noodles long. 


2. Roll Pool Noodles into Lollipop Shape

Roll the taped pool noodles into a tight circle to form the base of your lollipop. Use more duct tape to secure the ends and maintain the circular shape.


3. Prepare hole for stick

Press the PVC pipe into the pool noodle, where you want the hole to go, this will leave a circular indentation in the pool noodle. Cut a hole, a couple inches deep, where you left a mark. You can carve out the hole with an exacto knife or sharp pair of scissors. 

4. Insert PVC pipe

Insert the PVC pipe into the hole you carved. My hole was tight fitting and didn’t require any extra glue or tape. You can use hot glue or duct tape to secure if necessary. The PVC pipe will serve as the stick for your lollipop! 

5. Paper Mache

  - Mix equal parts of flour and water to create the paper mache paste.
  - Tear crepe paper streamers into manageable strips. You can use any color of crepe paper streamers if you plan to paint the entire lollipop after, or you can use the color you want the main part of the lollipop to be, and just paint on the details. 

  - Dip the strips into the paper mache paste and cover the entire surface of the pool noodle circle. Smooth out any wrinkles and ensure an even coverage. I used approximately 3 layers of crepe paper streamers that overlapped all over the surface. 

  - Allow the paper mache to dry completely. This may take a few hours or overnight. You can place it in the sun to spread up the drying process. 

6. Painting

  - Once the paper mache is dry, paint the lollipop in your desired colors. Get creative with swirls, stripes, or any design that fits your theme. (I used a powder blue crepe paper, painted a white stripe down the center of each pool noodle and added pink paint to the cracks where the pool noodles met each other.)
  - Allow the paint to dry completely.


7. Final Details

Wrap the entire pool noodle with cellophane wrap. Gather the excess cellophane just below the pool noodles where the PVC pipe connects. Use ribbon or a pipe cleaner to tie the cellophane in place. 


And there you have it—your very own DIY giant lollipop! These props not only added a magical touch to our Wonka movie night but are also perfect for Candy Land party decorations. Their vibrant colors and large size make them a fun and festive addition to any event.

You can also make a large wrapped hard candy by following all of these steps except for inserting the PVC pipe. When you wrap in cellophane, leave some excess on both sides and pinch it closed with 2 pipe cleaners or ribbon. 

Whether you're decorating for a birthday party, a themed movie night, or just looking to add some candy-coated charm to your decor, these giant lollipops are sure to delight guests of all ages. Plus, they are a fun and easy DIY project that you can enjoy making with friends and family.

For more creative decoration ideas and DIY projects, stay tuned to our blog! I made lots of other oversized candy decorations for our movie night and the tutorials are coming soon! 


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Miranda Weldon is the owner and Chief Crafter at MagpieTayleetot. An accountant by trade, who left the world of finance in pursuit of more creative ventures. This mother of two and Class "Room Mom" to many, loves to DIY snacks, party supplies, and more! Miranda is a self-taught seamstress of 15 years who always prefers to make things herself.

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