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Homegrown Lollipop Flowers

Gardeners are curious and experimental. We appreciate beauty and want to grow delicious flavors right in our backyards. So when I was sent a package of magic jellybeans, I couldn’t wait to see what they would grow! I know what you are thinking: “there is no such thing as magic jellybeans!” Well, you may be surprised at what happened when I planted these.magic jelly beans from How to Make Lollipop Flowers

These magic jellybeans were sent to me from DumDums as part of the Magic of Spring program, which was designed to get families outdoors, enjoying the new beginnings of spring, and gardening. I wholeheartedly believe in this sentiment, as my 1.5-year old budding gardener already has his own garden started that he tends to regularly. It’s a long process and he doesn’t quite have the patience or understanding of what is meant to happen quite yet.planting magic beans from How to Make Lollipop Flowers

I used the magic jellybeans to show him what to expect out in the garden, even though it will take a bit longer. We planted some magic jellybeans and set the pot in a sunny area just as it said to on the instructions.Flowers and Garden Planter from How to Make Lollipop Flowers

The next morning when he awoke, the garden had bloomed into a rainbow of lollipop flowers!How to make these cheery tissue paper lollipop flowers

How enchanting.bright and cheery tissue and lollipop flowers DIY

Here are the instructions to make your own lollipop flowers (in case you don’t have any magic jellybeans).Kids craft idea - plant magic jellybeans to grow lollipop flowers


  • at least 2 colors of tissue paper
  • scissors
  • single hole punch
  • lollipops
  • green electrical tape or floral tapeHow to Make Lollipop Flowers Materials

Make it!

Fold the tissue paper a number of times until you have a 5″ square. Cut a circular shape out of the folded paper, ending up with a organically-roundish pieces of tissue paper with a 4″ diameter. Choose a second color and cut another series of shapes, this time with a 3″ diameter.How to Make Lollipop Flowers Step 1

Pinch the rounds in the center by gently folding them in half. Use the single hole punch to make a center hole in the paper.How to Make Lollipop Flowers Step 2

Put the lollipop stick through the hole and twist the papers so that the uneven edges are all on different sides.How to Make Lollipop Flowers Step 3

Scrunch the paper together around the lollipop and use electrical or floral tape to secure the paper to the stick at the base of of the petals. Wind the tape around the stick to make a green stem.How to Make Lollipop Flowers Step 4

Scrunch and fluff up the tissue paper to give the petals a fuller, ruffled look.How to Make Lollipop Flowers Step 5

Place lollipop flowers in a pot of soil, or in a vase. This would also be a fun way to dress up a pen!Lollipop and tissue paper flower craft

I’m all for garden projects that get the family together, planting and digging in the soil. I try to share solid horticultural information alongside cute and quirky projects so that you have the greatest chance of success at growing a lush and healthy garden. My son planted sunflower seeds in his garden the same day as we planted the magic jellybeans. They were harder to see than jellybeans and it will be months until we see a gorgeous bloom, but I can use the lollipop flowers as a way to tie it together as he watches his own garden grow.Plant magic jellybeans and grow lollipop flowers!

I hope that you enjoyed this project and that it gives you another way to get kids interested in gardening. Even if jellybeans don’t grow into lollipops, there are still plenty of delicious things you can grow in the garden that kids love. Try planting seeds for carrots, tomatoes, peas, beans, ground cherries, and even kale! Eating food that you have grown makes it even more delicious.

Here are some more ideas for crafty kids garden projects:

Crafty Garden Projects to do with Kids: tons of ideas here for all ages

Thank you to Spangler Candy Company for providing the ingredients for this project. To see more Dum Dums Gardens check out The Magic of Spring.


  1. I love my garden and your website is astoundingly full of new ideas that I’ve never thought of. I’m strictly an organic gardener. I’ve come a long way since moving to my my alpaca farm in Virginia (nice and warm a good part of the year). I have tons of blooming indoor plants and my outdoor garden is amazing.
    In fact after I finish this post, I’m going to check my daffodils which are now about 4 inches tall. I love this place and love your site.

  2. Thanks Mary – I’m so flattered. I’m glad to meet more organic gardeners. I feel strongly about doing whatever we can to tend to plants naturally. Enjoy the daffys and this (hopefully) beautiful spring day.


  3. Absolutely love this idea! I’ve got a toddler as well who has been helping me plant radishes, peas, lettuce, etc…all the cold season veggies. He LOVES it but he keeps asking when they will grow.

    I grew up gardening with my grandmother in Nova Scotia and it is such a fond memory. Gardening with her is what solidified my love of it and addiction to homegrown produce! So of course gardening is a skill that I want to share with my children.

    I’m pretty sure that I’ve passed on the love of sun-warmed tomatoes to my boy as last year I had a hard time getting actually being able to use any of my cherry tomatoes as he would sit there eating them while I gardened.

    He also loves to dig for worms and carrots! This would be such a great activity to tie all the seed planting and growing together while we wait for the plants to mature. Of course he loves lollipops so double the fun. Thanks for sharing this idea!


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