Day 5: Lollipop ornament

When we were little, my parents took us to the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of the Nutcracker. I loved everything about the show…the dancing, the costumes, the sets, and the magic. My favorite dance was the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. It was not only her classical tutu (because I always wanted to wear one of those) it was that they landed in the Land of Sweets. Isn’t that every kid’s dream? So why not bring out some of those childhood memories with this glittery lollipop ornament for Day 5.

MATERIALS

  • 2 colors of Fimo clay
  • 6″ lollipop stick
  • 9/16″ screw eye, short shank
  • Craft glue
  • Crystal colored glitter
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brush
  • 1/4″ wide ribbon for hanging

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Take approximately 3 portions of each color of Fimo clay

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Step 2:

Start with one color, and roll out a 12″ long snake.

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Step 3:

Roll out the same sized snake with the other color.

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Step 4:

Gently press each of the colors together and roll the two snakes into one 18″ long snake. Then hold one end of the snake steady, while twisting the other end.

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Step 5:

Once you have twisted the entire snake, start at the center and roll a tight swirl making sure that the edges are pressed together. Gently tighten the swirl so the clay holds together. This makes the top of your lollipop.

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Step 6:

Once you have the top formed, insert the lollipop stick about halfway into the bottom of the clay. Now carefully remove it. Do the same to the top of the lollipop. Insert the screw eye and then remove it.

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Step 7:

Place your lollipop top on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake it according to the Fimo packaging. We baked ours at 225 degrees for 50-60 minutes. Everyone’s oven is different, so keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t start browning. Once it’s baked, take it out of the oven with a hot pad and let it cool completely.

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Step 8:

Once it’s cooled add a little craft glue to the top portion of the lollipop stick and insert it in the hole in the bottom of the lollipop. Do the same to the screw eye in the hole in the top of the lollipop.

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Step 9:

Mix a little Modge Podge and glitter together, and paint the front and back of the lollipop. Don’t paint it on too thick, just give it a light coat. Let it dry completely.

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Step 10:

Finish it off by tying a loop of ribbon through the top screw eye. Now you are ready to hang a little piece of the Land of Sweets on your tree!

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