Monday, March 27, 2017

DIY Lollipop / Sucker Stand


Okay, I'm a linguistics nerd. I love words and languages and actually majored in English and minored in Linguistics. Not super relevant to DIY, but I had a hard time deciding whether or not I should call this a "lollipop stand" or a "sucker stand".  I've lived all over the country, and I know it's a pretty regional thing. In Utah, Nevada, and California, a sucker is anything spherical on a stick like Dum Dums, but a lollipop was more of the large, flat circular ones. But here in Hawaii and in North Carolina they're all lollipops! And in Italy, they're "lecca-lecca". :)

And there's your random trivia for the day. I opted for lollipop since there's no confusion as to what that means.

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I actually built my lollipop stand almost 3 years ago and have used it more times than I can count. It's always a huge hit and gives some great height, dimension, and colors to the party table.

I was inspired by Jaime, the DIY genius at That's My Letter.

I loved the idea of a lollipop stand, but I knew I wanted it to be a bit taller to give more height on my table. And since I was living in Italy at the time, it was more difficult (and EXPENSIVE) to buy round wooden dowels. I had some 2x2's on hand that I had moved from the States with me, so I decided to use that instead. It also made it a little easier to drill the holes since the 2x2 won't roll away. ;)

So here's your supply list:

- 2x2 - cut to 24"
- 1x6 scrap - cut to 6.5"
- Wood finial
- Paint
- 1" screws (2)
- Decorative contact paper (optional)

Step 1: Cut your 2x2 to 24" in length. I primed mine then and to avoid paint dripping in all the holes.

Then drill holes at an angle. Jaime's tutorial has some great tips on drilling the holes. I didn't bother measuring and marking mine. I just kind of eyeballed it since I'm lazy like that. I ended up with 22-24 holes per side, so it would be slightly less than 100 suckers/lollipops in all.

Jaime attached hers with wood glue, but I thought I might want to change the stand out later. I also wanted to be able to break it down smaller to fit in my storage box more easily. I decided to skip the glue and did two screws to keep it from twisting. I've taken it down and up numerous times in the last few years, and it still works like a charm.  I've also changed out the contact paper a couple times to match different events. Red for our Christmas party, pink for an American Girls' Doll party, etc.  I just wrap it similar to a present and cut off the excess, so it stays flat.

The finial was something I happened to have on hand and liked that it gave a finished look to the top. You can find them at home improvement stores, craft stores, and even on Amazon. They range in price from $3 - close to $25 for some nicer ones!

And you're done! It's as easy as that! Cut, paint, drill, attach.

Here's mine at a few of our favorite parties. This pic isn't great quality, but I wanted to show you the height comparison with my daughter.  This was also with the pink contact paper.

And this was a luau-themed birthday party. We used these surfboard suckers and these twist lollipops. They're super cute, but honestly they don't taste that great. The kids didn't seem to mind, though. Ha!

Party prep. I typically use two sizes of metal cupcake stands.

And that's it. Quite possibly the easiest beginner build you can think of! The drilling is a little tedious, but it's nothing tricky or difficult.

So, what do you call them in your part of the world? Suckers? Lollipops? Lollies? Leave me a note with where you live and what you call them.

Happy building and aloha,


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