Hello! Welcome back to your favorite little candy blog! We hope that your summer has kicked off to a great start. (If you’re a kid, on summer vacation it’s probably great, no matter what. :) ) We remember being in school, and the insane amount of relief that would kick in as soon as school ended. We also remember the boredom that would start after about two weeks of having nothing to do. ;) It’s that memory of boredom that got us to creating our Summer Crafty Candy Series. We can’t promise to keep you busy all the time–but, if you like crafts, and if you like sweets, then we’ve got a few projects for you! Every project we come up with is pretty simple, but can be ‘dressed’ up a little to make it more advanced. We also come up with ideas that would work double as gifts. So, if you know someone with a summer birthday, or you want to make a ‘just because’ gift for someone–these are some fun ideas. ALSO…if you’re looking to make a few bucks–we bet you could make a little extra money if you sell a some sweet crafts at a lemonade stand. :)

Check out some of our past blogs to get your creative juices flowing…

Lemonade Stand Tips, Tricks and Ideas

Candy Wrapper Hair Bows

Candy Wrapper Switch Plate Covers

Colorful Animal Gift Jars

Cotton Candy Puffy Painting

DIY S’mores Lip Scrub

How to Make Rock Candy

Candy Shop and the Playground

Homemade Butterfingers

Today though, we’re playin’ with pipe cleaners. With the exception of the hot glue gun itself, all of the things we’re using in today’s blog can be bought at the dollar store. (The hot glue sticks can be bought there, though. :) )

Here’s what you’ll need…

Pipe Cleaners (Any colors…as long as you like them–you’re good!)

Hot Glue Gun (These get super hot. Like, SUPER hot. If the glue touches you, it has to sit on your skin to actually cool down. If you are under 12(ish) and planning to use a hot glue gun–please make sure your parents are cool with it, first; or, better yet, just ask for their help. :) )

Straws, whole, or cut in half. (We used paper ones, because that’s what we had–we cut them in half. You can use whatever you have. We also painted a couple–just for fun.)

Plastic Wrap, Twist Tie, and Ribbon (Optional)

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Here’s What To Do…

First, find the colors you like together with the pipe cleaners, and twist them together. We used two, and three, colors–you can experiment with whatever you would like. If you don’t like it–untwist, and start over!

Next, after your colors have been twisted into a long, snake-looking, thing…start to roll them into more of a snail looking thing. (Did that make sense to you? Oddly, it did to us. ;) ) As you roll, place a little dab of hot glue here, and there, to keep the roll tight, and to help keep it from un-rolling.

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Leave a little bit at the end of your pipe cleaner ‘roll’ and grab your straw. Put a dab of hot glue in the end of your straw.

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Stick the end of your pipe cleaner ‘roll’ into the straw….

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Roll it in a little tighter. Use hot glue to keep it tight.

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Here is a three color, pipe-cleaner twist. We loved this look. :)

You can, absolutely, stop here. Your lollipops look amazing, You can gift them, put them in a plant, use them as your playing with your toys, or make a bunch so you can have a great collection. Whatever you do with them will be perfect!

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IF you want to go an extra step, and wrap them though–just grab some plastic wrap. Wrap it around your lollipop, and, with a twist tie, secure it.

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If you want to add an extra level of cuteness–tie on a little bit of ribbon. :)

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Before you know it–you have a great little collection to surprise a friend with, stick in a pot of flowers, sell at your lemonade stand, or hang on your bedroom wall.

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Have fun making your lollipops!