How to make a wooden lollipop stand

Written by larry davis | 13/05/2017
How to make a wooden lollipop stand
Give your Valentine a wooden lollipop stand to show you care. (red lollipops in shape of heart image by Renata Osinska from

Turn the simple treat of lollipops into an eye-catching display. Make lollipop holders for carnival games or to hold school or home rewards. Turn a precut wood shape or a tall tree trunk shape into a colourful lollipop stand. Experienced wood crafters, novices or even children can craft attractive and useful lollipop stands.

Shaped holder

Purchase a precut wooden shape, such as a dinosaur, rainbow or train engine shape. Choose a shape that is about 5 cm (2 inches) thick and has a flat bottom to allow the shape to stand upright.

Stand the shape upright. Use a pencil to mark where holes for the lollipop sticks will be drilled along the top edge of the shape. Space the holes at least 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart.

Use a drill and a 3 mm (1/8 inch) drill bit to drill a hole in each marked spot. Make the holes about 2.5 or 5 cm (1 or 2 inches) deep.

Sand the surface and edges of the shaped piece of wood. Make sure the edges around the drilled holes are smooth and don't have splinters sticking up.

Draw features on the wood shape with a pencil. Use a printed pattern, if desired. Place graphite paper over the wood shape with the graphite side against the wood. Trace the pattern features, such as facial features and scales on a dinosaur, colour-dividing lines on a rainbow or train features on a train shape.

Paint the wooden lollipop holder with craft paints. Let the paint dry. Consider painting the name of a child, a school or a business on the wooden holder as well.

Lollipop tree

Drill a hole in the centre of one end of the 10 cm by 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) wood piece. Drill a same-sized hole in the centre of the base piece. Screw a wood screw through the hole in the base piece and into the 4-by-4, working from the bottom outside of the base.

Mark spaces with a pencil along the entire length of the 60 cm (2 foot) wooden trunk and on all four sides to drill lollipop holes. Keep the holes about 2.5 cm (1 inch) apart. Mark as many holes as you wish to make a partially full or very full lollipop tree.

Use a drill and 3 mm (1/8 inch) bit to drill a 2.5 cm (1 inch) deep hole at each marked spot. Drill at least one hole along the top of the 4-by-4 for a fuller tree effect, if desired.

Use sandpaper to make the entire lollipop tree stand smooth and free of splinters. Paint the lollipop stand, if desired.

Things you need

  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • 3 mm (1/8 inch) drill bit
  • 10 by 10 cm (4 by 4 inch) wood piece, 60 cm (2 feet) tall
  • Flat wooden base piece, 20 cm (8 inches) square or round
  • 10 cm (4 inch) wood screw
  • Screwdriver
  • Craft paints
  • Brushes
  • Shaped cutting pattern (optional)
  • Felt
  • Glue
  • Graphite paper

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