These LOLLIPOP ORNAMENTS are made with just cardboard and a lolly stick, but they look good enough to eat. This is a great Christmas craft for kids of all ages. It’s simple enough for toddlers, but older kids can get really creative with their design, dripping, pouring, and spattering their paint.
I am beyond excited about the latest Christmas ornament we’ve made here in my daycare.
These painted lollipop ornaments were SO easy to make, but the kids got really creative when they were painting them, so the finished ornaments look just like real lollipops. They’re gorgeous!
These lollipops top our list of easy homemade ornaments, and without a doubt they’re our yummiest looking ornaments yet. They look delicious!
All your kids need to make this craft is a piece of cardboard, a lollypop stick, some paint and ribbon, and they’re creativity.
I love that the kids experimented with different paint techniques when painting their lollipops. I think that’s what makes these ornaments so outstanding. They mimic the look of the big, swirly lollipops that you’d find in a candy store.
Believe it or not, we painted the cardboard for this lollipop craft months ago, with the intent of making some birthday cards with them, but we never got around to finishing.
I came across our painted cardboard circles the other day, and thought they’d make great Christmas ornaments.
They sure do! Let me show you how we made them.
How to Make our Painted Lollipop Ornaments
Ignore the glitter in the above photo. Our lollipops were pretty enough without it, but feel free to add some to yours if you wish.
- thick cardboard
- acrylic craft paint
- paint brushes
- clear craft varnish
- lollipop sticks
- glue gun
- cord or thread for hanging
To make your painted lollipop ornament:
To start, I had the kids cut some circles out of a sturdy piece of sturdy cardboard. They traced around the bottom of drinking glass to make their circles.
Then they painted their circles to turn them into colourful lollipops.
The kids got much more creative with the painting than I’d expected. I figured they would just paint their circles, but one of the hooligans started experimenting with splatter painting, and that inspired the others to take their creativity up a notch.
She painted her circle a solid colour and then loaded her paintbrush with a generous amount of paint in a contrasting colour, and another colour, and tapped her paintbrush over the circle to get the splatter effect. She kept repeating the process, using different colours, until she was satisfied with the results.
Some of the other kids followed suit, splattering their lollipops as well, and others dragged the end of their paintbrush through their paint to give their lollies a swirled effect.
Some kids dripped and drizzled the paint onto their circles and then tilted the cardboard back and forth so the paint would run all the way to the edges of the circle.
We let the paint dry, and then we gave our lollipops a coat of clear craft varnish so the colours would really pop.
When the varnish was dry, we glued a lolly pop stick and a piece of colourful cord to the back of each lollipop ornament.
Then we tied a ribbon around each lollipop stick.
Look how beautiful out lollipop ornaments look hanging on our Christmas tree!
Pretty enough to eat!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.