Tuesday Tutorial - Lollipop Trees

I discovered these whimsical lollipop trees created by Cheree Berry of Cheree Berry Paper and I am so in love with them! Change the colors and they will be perfect for any soiree.

They are easy to make yourself, but you can also buy one from Cheree Berry's website. Tutorial courtesy of Twist Entertaining.

-styrofoam cone
-floral spray paint (choose a color that will match your ribbon)
-extra-wide flat washers (these will add weight to the bottom of the cone and keep it steady; to get a heavy-enough weight, Cheree used 2 and hot-glued them together. The more surface of the base that the washer covers, the steadier the cone will be; so, if you can find a "Large OD" washer that's 8 millimeters or wider from a plumbing-supply store, that would be best)
-hot-glue gun
-8 yards of 5/8-inch-wide ribbon (use 1-inch-wide ribbon for a 24-inch-tall cone)
-gold-topped boutonniere pins (about 30)
-lollipops
-slim wooden dowel (for flag)
-craft glue

1. Spray paint cone with floral spray paint, and let dry. Hot-glue the flat washer to the bottom of the cone, and let set.

2. Cut the ribbon into graduated lengths so each wraps once around the cone, with extra for overlap; the shortest piece (for the top of the cone) will be about 5 inches. You will need 25 pieces of ribbon for a 16-inch cone, 28 pieces of ribbon for a 18-inch cone, and 27 pieces of ribbon (of 1-inch-wide ribbon) for a 24-inch cone.

3. Cover cone with ribbon, starting from the top. Wrap the first ribbon snugly around the cone (you will need to wrap the ribbon at a slight angle so that it lays flat on the conical surface). Fold the end under to hide the raw edge, and use a pin to secure. Continue down the cone, overlapping the ribbons only slightly.

4. Insert your favorite lollipops into the cone, slipping the sticks between the ribbons and angling them down.

5. Stick a sign into the top of the cone, or insert a single lollipop instead. Use a craft knife and a metal straight edge to cut the flag just inside the lines. Glue it to a slim wooden dowel; if you like, cut a second sheet of paper and glue it to the back of the flag to cover the dowel.

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