04 Dec

DIY: Candy Buffet Lollipop Displays

candy buffet lollipop displays

I had a lot of fun with the lollipop displays for last month’s Berry Sweet Baby Shower and wanted to share the DIY info with you because this concept translates so well to ANY color palette or occasion – they’d even work well for holiday parties! Added bonus: the lollipops double as take-home party favors.

Pictured above is the “YUM Lollipop Display” and below is “Sweet Baby Girl Trio“. DIY details for both displays are below, along with downloadable versions of the tags. Enjoy!

candy buffet lollipop displays


••• YUM Lollipop Display •••

You’ll Need:
rectangular planter/vase (such as this one)
craft styrofoam
Pinwheel Lollipops
YUM Tags
2.5″ Circle Craft Punch or other circle cutter
red m&ms (available at Michaels or online) – or a similar candy
hot glue gun

Optional Vase Embellishments (as pictured here):
Rectangle Mod PVC Curtain (8 rectangles from one strand)
craft rhinestones

candy buffet lollipop displays


1) Embellish vase as desired. For this party, I was already using individual strands of a Rectangle Mod PVC curtain ($18.99 at shopwildthings.com) as decor in various other areas of the party, so I removed a few of the rectangles from a leftover strand and hot-glued them on top of the ribbon.

Inexpensive craft rhinestones added some sparkle to the pvc rectangles and also covered up the tiny holes on each side of them (where the jump rings used to be). The rhinestones ALSO covered up the evidence of the hot glue that adhered the rectangles to the ribbon, which was great since they’re translucent.

2) Cut craft styrofoam to fit securly within the vase, making sure it’s at least 3″ high so that it provides a sturdy foundation for the large lollipops. Don’t go all the way to the rim of the vase though – you’ll need some room for the “filler candy”.

3) Pour red m&ms (or similar candy) over the styrofoam, covering it completely.

4) Add the YUM tags to the lollipops. Download them right here: in PDF or JPEG format, then cut them out using a 2.5″ craft punch, a circle cutter, or scissors and a sturdy hand. =) Use doublestick tape or glue to attach them to the lollipops (which come cellophane-sealed).

5) Insert the lollipops into the styrofoam as desired. (I used 3 rows here.)

6) Done! Place on candy/dessert buffet, or use as a table centerpiece.


candy buffet lollipop displays

••• Sweet Baby Girl Lollipop Display •••

*This display is essentially the same process as above, with the following modifications:

1) Use a trio of vases – with alternating heights – instead of one large vase. (The 3 white vases pictured here were purchase at Michaels.)

2) The styrofoam height will need to be taller for these, so floral foam blocks are great for this one.

3) You can use up to 3 different types of candy for the “fillers”. (Cherry Gumballs, Licorice Wheels, and foil-covered Chocolate Raspberry Balls were used here.)

4) Download the “SWEET”, “BABY”, and “GIRL” tags in PDF and JPEG formats. Cut them out by hand, leaving a little white border (from the paper background) all the way around the shape.


{Photography credit: Jillian Bisinger}

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Jill Bisinger SAYS:

I LOVE these centerpieces….they really POP! Thanks for the DIY Jenn.

Reply December 4, 2009 at 3:08 pm

Kimberly SAYS:

Love this idea! I’m going to try it in pink and green for my upcoming Girlie Christmas party!

Reply December 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm

candycandycandy SAYS:

You can get pink and green candy of almost any sort at Candy Favorites. I just helped a friend with her wedding shower and the colors were white and purple and I was shocked that they had almost any color you could think of. Hope that helps!

April 16, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Bella SAYS:

Thanks Jenn for sharing your wonderful ideas and designs with us.

Reply December 4, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Nisha SAYS:

What a neat display, great girlie birthday party idea too :)

Reply December 4, 2009 at 3:38 pm

down pillow SAYS:

Such a great idea :) I really love that it’s so versatile & can be used for all sorts of party occasions.

Reply December 4, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Casey SAYS:

too adorable. I will be using this idea for a bridal shower!!!

Reply December 5, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Lorell - Sweetly Sweet SAYS:

Thanks for the DIY Jen! For being famous I am glad that you still read the comments on your blog and take the time to post DIY and share your secrets! I was inspired by your candy buffet creations to make on myself for my daughter’s second birthday… it turned out really fun! Thanks for sharing your secrets… you are invited to my blog anytime you want!

Reply December 5, 2009 at 8:14 pm

jenn s. SAYS:

Thanks for the sweet message, Lorell! Just checked out your daughter’s party and you did a fabulous job! :)

Reply December 7, 2009 at 9:42 am

Petit Elefant SAYS:

Thank you for the great tutorial. I’m trying to figure out a Christmas theme for using it now.

Reply December 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Amanda SAYS:

Thank you for the downloads…I always see the pictures of the cute candy buffets, but never know how to create the tags!

Reply December 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Amanda SAYS:

Thank you for the downloads…I’m never sure how to make them myself!

Reply December 7, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Sandra @ ribbonsandfavors.com SAYS:

So darn cute!

Reply December 7, 2009 at 11:32 pm

poshpartygal SAYS:

thanks for sharing! I love doing candy bars – it’s guaranteed fun for everyone and they look great, too~

Reply December 9, 2009 at 4:33 am

Michelle SAYS:

You are so generous with your ideas and tips and free downloads. I love your site and your creativity. I will definitely file this one away for future reference!

Reply December 16, 2009 at 5:26 pm

stephanie SAYS:

what are the names of the center pieces ?

Reply January 18, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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