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DIY Lollipops and Popsicles

Did you know that June is National Candy Month? Yes, some awesome person somewhere designated a month for candy. I love candy and eat it more than I should, so I just had to dedicate this blog post to some of my favorite treats.

~Bow Tie Lollipops

I made some delicious lollipops using candy melts and other products by Wilton. These items were bought on sale at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store:

  • candy melts
  • lollipop mold
  • candy flavoring

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The process was easy.

I used two bags of candy melts (green and pink) for this project. I melted each bag of candy melts in the microwave, stirring them at 30 second intervals until they looked like this:

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I also mixed in a couple of drops of candy flavoring into the melts. The flavoring isn’t needed because the candy melts are already sweet. I’m a fan of cherries and wanted the lollipops to have a cherry taste.

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I then spooned the melts halfway into the molds, added the lollipop sticks, then filled the rest of the molds with the melts.

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I put the lollipops into the freezer and let them set for about 10 minutes. Once solid, I removed the lollipops by gently twisting the mold.

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How cute are these bow ties? The best part is that they taste good.

True story: I accidentally broke all the pink lollipops I made because I dropped them on the counter after taking them out of the freezer. I was not happy, but it didn’t take long for me to make more lollipops.

 

~Gummy Bear Popsicles

This is a very simple and delicious recipe that I found on Pinterest. Everyone else used Sprite with the gummy bears, but I didn’t have any Sprite, so I used pink lemonade.

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I put the gummy bears inside the molds (I bought this popsicle mold for $1 at Dollar Tree).

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Then I poured in the lemonade and added the tops.

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I let the popsicles freeze for several hours.

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Once I took them out of the freezer, I ran the mold under warm water for a few seconds to loosen the popsicles.

Here’s what they look like:

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The popsicles were sweet and tasty and perfect for Summer.

 

What’s your favorite candy? Share your thoughts and comments.

 

 

 

 

 

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Mickey Mouse Candy Jar

This craft project combines two of my favorite things: Mickey Mouse and candy. I’ve made a candy jar before, but this one was much more fun because my family and I are huge Disney fans, and we are planning on taking a trip to Disney World next summer.

Here’s a list of supplies I used to create this candy jar:

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    • Red and black acrylic paint
    • Candy
    • Glass bowl
    • 6″ Clay flower pot and lid
    • Mickey Mouse figurine
    • Elmer’s® Ultra Stix-All Adhesive
    • Mod Podge

I started off by painting the flower pot red and the lid black. I applied three coats of paint to get the right color. After the paint was dry, I sealed the pot and lid with Mod Podge to make sure the paint didn’t chip.

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When the Mod Podge dried, I applied the Elmer’s glue to the bottom of the flower pot then added the glass bowl. I also glued the figurine on top of the lid.

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The instructions on the glue stated to wait 24 hours before handling the project, and that maximum strength will develop in 72 hours.

Here is the finished product:

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And here are some photos of the jar filled with candy:

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I loved making this candy jar. It was a big hit with my family. I was especially happy with how inexpensive the supplies were. I was able to find everything at dollar stores for a total of about $10. I also enjoyed using the Elmer’s glue because it wasn’t runny and didn’t have any of the fumes that are so common with glass glues.

 

I hope you all enjoyed reading about my new candy jar. Feel free to leave comments and share with others!

 

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Valentine’s Day Mason Jar Lamp

I wanted to share this idea with anyone who wanted to make a unique Valentine’s gift for loved ones or find a fun way to decorate for Valentine’s Day. I think mason jars are a great way to display candy and other items. I loved pairing the jar with the lamp shade.

I used the following items:

I began by poking holes into the lamp shade with a safety pin to give it a starry effect.

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Next, I poured candy into the jar.

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Then, I screwed the adapter on the jar.

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Finally, I screwed on the lamp shade and light bulb. Here is the finished lamp:

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Mason Jar Lamp

You will love this project if you are a fan of Mason Jar crafts.

I used the following supplies:

  • Canning Jar Lamp Adapter (I bought it at amazon.com)
  • Mandarin Orange Krylon Spray Paint
  • Mason Jar
  • Skittles
  • Light Bulb
  • Stencil
  • Lamp Shade

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First, I spray painted the lamp shade and let it dry for a couple of hours.

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Next, I poured the candy into the jar. Then, I screwed the adapter on top of the jar. Finally, I plugged the lamp into the socket.

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This lamp was a big hit with my family. I love it because you can fill the jar with just about anything. I also love the fact that this project took me very little time to assemble. I’m already thinking of other foods and objects I can use to fill the jar.

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Glass Jar with Chalkboard Paint Label

I am loving so many of the different chalkboard paint crafts on various blogs, so I had to do a project for my home. I bought a cheap glass canister from a dollar store, a heart stencil, and a 2 fl. oz. bottle of chalkboard paint to complete this project.

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I taped the stencil onto the glass jar and painted about three coats of the paint into a heart shape.

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I let the paint dry for about 3 hours before I wrote on the jar with chalk.

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This inexpensive project is a great gift idea for friends and family. You can fill the jar with your loved one’s favorite treats and write their name on the paint.