How to Make Fake Giant Lollipops

    by Audra Dean

    About the Author

    Audra Dean is a professional writer from central Wisconsin. She has her bachelor's degree in English with a minor in writing and a master's degree in information and library science. Dean has published novels with Torquere Press and has worked on the editing team at Cornerstone Press and Communication Logistics Inc.


    Giant props can really make a costume. Whether you're dressing up for a costume party or putting on a show, large props draw attention and can be seen from afar. Giant lollipops, in particular, are a whimsical and eye-catching prop that can accent a baby's costume or be used in shows. These props, however, can be quite costly. With a little ingenuity and creativity, you can make your own giant lollipops without emptying your wallet.

    Things You'll Need

    • Polystyrene foam sheet
    • Utility knife
    • Pencil
    • Water-based acrylic craft paints
    • Paintbrush
    • Wooden dowel
    • Ribbon

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    Purchase a 5-foot-by-5-foot sheet of polystyrene foam from a local craft or hardware store. The sheet should be about 1 1/2 inches thick.

    Cut the foam into a large circle with a utility knife.

    With a pencil, draw a swirl onto the cut foam. Start from the center of the circle and work your way out to the edges.

    With the utility knife, carve into the foam where you marked with the pencil. This will give the swirl a more three-dimensional look. Be careful not to cut too deeply into the foam.

    Paint one side of the foam with a polystyrene foam-safe paint. Water-based acrylic craft paints work best. You can use as many colors as you like and paint any patterns onto the foam. Be sure to work the paint into any grooves in the foam with your paintbrush.

    Allow the painted side of the foam to dry. When it's dry, turn it over and paint the other side.

    Once both sides of the foam are painted and dry, cut a small hole in the side where you will insert the wooden dowel. The dowel should not be thicker than the foam.

    Work the dowel into the hole carefully, making sure not to split the foam.

    • You should be able to find polystyrene foam sheets at your local home improvement store.
    • Do not use spray paint or any other non-polystyrene foam-safe paints, because they will melt the foam.