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40 Sucks!

I recently created a fun birthday gift for a friend of mine who just turned 40 years old.  It is made with 40 suckers.

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Supplies

flower pot

3 bags of Tootsie Pop suckers

Styrofoam ball

adhesive backed fabric (you could also use vinyl)

Tissue Paper

and some black glittery accents from the floral department.

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Assembly

I started by decorating the flower pot.  You could pick up a simple plain flower pot at a dollar store.  I got the black one in the photo above at a local discount retailer.

First I cut the lettering for the words

40 sucks

For the actual number 40 I used a font that has a shadow cut so that I could layer white over the red background/shadow cut.  Since I was using a “fancy” font for the numbers I thought it would be a nice accent to have the red coming through.

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I started by centering the word sucks on the pot

Then I added the red numbers 40

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Then I layered the white numbers over the red.  Since the product I am using is repositional, like a Post It note, if I did not like the way it looked I could just take it off and line it up again until I got the look I wanted.

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Next I added some green tissue paper inside of the flower pot to help fill up the space, and hide the bottom of the styrofoam ball.

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Then I set the styrofoam ball in place and “fluffed” the tissue paper up around it.

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Not it is time to rip open those bags of Tootsie Pops!

I actually counted out exactly 40 Tootsie Pops for this project since it was for a 40th birthday.

I started at the top of the styrofoam ball, placing the Tootsie Pops close to each other so that I would not have large gaps between them.

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Just keep going. working around the ball and filling in the spaces.

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Now, because of the size of the styrofoam ball and the number of pops I was using, once I got down close to the bottom of the ball, top of the flower pot I did feel like there was some “open” space where you could see the styrofoam ball.  To fix this I took more tissue paper, cut it into squares (about 3″ squares).  Then I grabbed those squares in the center and bunched the tissue paper together, stuck a straight pin through the bottom and pinned it to the styrofoam ball in any places that I felt looked a little bare.

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And now for the finished project . . .

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This was REALLY easy to make.  I actually did it while I was watching television the night before the birthday party.  The great thing is that once the Tootsie Pops are gone, the Birthday Girl can actually use the flower pot . . . since the letters are repositionable she could remove them so that she is just left with a pretty flower pot.

I hope you liked this project!  I had a lot of fun making it!

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3 Comments

  1. That was great! My Hubby turns 50 this year and I know exactly what I'm gonna do!!!!! He's a private person, but this will be a 'calm' present.

    Thanks so much for the idea…..

  2. I just made a similar one for a friend's 50th…and love it because it's simple to make…like you say, while watching tv. A very fun gift! Thanks for a great tutorial.

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