Add a party feel to your lollipop-cone centerpiece by tucking in strands of curly ribbon tied to toothpicks.

Making Lollipop Centerpiece Cones

by Anne Goetz

A nicely executed lollipop tree brings all the guests to your party table, and even more so when you festoon it with cascades of bright, curling ribbon. Forego the fruit and flowers, and stock your party table with bowls of colorful candies, campfire marshmallow treat fixings and apothecary jars filled with apples, craft sticks and paper-wrapped caramels. Top it all off with a massive, 24-inch lollipop cone tree centerpiece for a party that everyone will enjoy.

Set your 24-inch cone on a tray. Use a dish with a lip and pour colorful candies to surround your lollipop tree after it's finished.

Place the foam cone in the center of your tray. Starting about 1 inch from the bottom, poke lollipop sticks into the cone at an angle to prevent their poking through to the other side.

Work your way up the cone, making concentric circles with the lollipops. Stagger the first lollipop in each new circle, so it falls between two lollipops of the previous row, in a brick-laying fashion.

Poke your lollipops at a steep angle toward the cone base as you near the narrow tip of the cone.

Curl the curling ribbon in tight curls with the edge of your scissors. Tie them to the ends of toothpicks and stick them into the cone in bare spots between the lollipops.

Remove the small cardboard adhesive tab carefully from the curly bow and discard it. Pierce the middle of the bow with a straight pin and stick it into the top of the cone as a lollipop tree topper.

Pour one to two bags of brightly colored candies, gumdrops or bubblegum into the tray surrounding your centerpiece.

Items you will need

  • 24-inch foam cone
  • 3 to 4 bags of lollipops
  • Toothpicks
  • Curling ribbon
  • Medium-sized curly bow
  • 1 to 2 bags of candy, colored hard candies, gumdrops or bubblegum


  • Substitute gumdrops for the curling ribbon on the ends of toothpicks and use them to fill in the blank spaces.


  • Keep an eye on the pin adhering your cone topper, for safety reasons, and make sure the children don't run with or chew on the toothpicks.

About the Author

Anne Goetz shares her parenting and career experience with North American Parent, Hagerstown Magazine,, and a variety of other online and print publications. A mother of two with a degree in communications and a long history in management, Goetz spends her spare time hiking, camping and blogging. She is the author of the site, An Unedited Life: The Ultimate Blog for Freelance Writers.

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