Hello! My name is Shannon Taylor. I'm a long-time writer and editor living in the woods of Wisconsin with my husband, four children, a black lab, and two crazy cats.

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April: Easter + Getting Ready for Spring

3-D Lollipop Valentines

I saw this cute idea over at Design Mom via 24-7-365. I’m happy with how they turned out, especially considering how little time we had today to figure out the best way to make them. Luckily, we remembered to have the kids hold their fists out to the side a little so the suckers didn’t end up in front of their faces. You can add text to the photos in PhotoShop if you have it. We don’t, so I used an open source application called Gimp.

Will and Lily wrote their classmates’ names on the backs and then we stuck the Tootsie Roll pops through the two slits I’d made in each with a little cutting tool from an old scrapbooking kit. You could use an exacto knife or any really sharp blade. I taped the Tootsie Roll pops in the back to keep them from slipping out.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    Those are really clever. Great work, Will and Lily!

  2. Diane says:

    very cute idea, very cute kids

  3. grandpa jeff says:

    Great Valentine idea, of course, but I like your models!! Prom queen glamorous and Tom Brady handsome. God job kids.

  4. Soleil says:

    This is such a great idea!

  5. Jennifer says:

    Will *does* look like Tom Brady! This is such a cute idea, I bet Ruby would get a kick out of it.

  6. Shannon says:

    I would love to see Ruby and Henry’s version of these! And, as always, if WE can make something, then it must be very, very easy to do.

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