Dum Dums are such a hit in my house. They’re the perfect sweet treat and not only are they fun to eat, but they’re fun to get crafty with too! Last year I partnered with Dum Dums to make this fun Dum Dums lollipop garden, and this year they are again sponsoring a really cool craft on See Mom Click! Read on to see how we used Dum Dums to make some seriously cool canvas art!
Dum Dums Canvas Art
This is really easy to do and you will need a few supplies:
- Dum Dums Lollipops
- Canvas (you choose the size but I like 11×14″ or bigger)
- Thin styrofoam
- Tacky glue
- Paint (we used acrylic) and brushes
- A drill (or something to poke holes with)
- Wire cutters
The thin styrofoam comes in pretty long sheets so you’ll want to cut it to fit just inside of the back of the canvas. A serrated knife works really well for this job. Eyeball it and get it as close as you can to the edges. It doesn’t need to be perfect!
Apply glue to one side of the styrofoam being sure to get around the edges.
Press the glued styrofoam into the back of the canvas and allow to dry.
Once it’s try, you get to do the fun part: paint! We used acrylic paints and since this was a spring project, tried to stick to spring themes and colors. You can paint ANYTHING you want to!
Here’s the catch:
Choose what you want to outline with Dum Dums and make sure that part of the painting is in the middle of the canvas so that it’s over the styrofoam.
Poke holes through the canvas and the styrofoam behind it to outline part of your painting. My daughter painted cherries, so we chose a few that were lined up over the styrofoam and used a drill to quickly poke holes, about .75″ apart, but just eyeball it! A drill works great for this job, just be sure you’re not drilling through your table. We have a piece of scrap wood we’re working on.
Once you have your holes drilled, stick your Dum Dums (the kids love picking the flavors for this!) through the holes.
Flip your canvas over and snip off the ends of the lollipop sticks. I used a wire cutter for this job.
Leave just a bit there so it doesn’t fall through the other side, but you want it so the canvas can pretty much lay relatively flat against a wall if you hang in. Use your glue to go around the ends of the lollipops to hold them in place. Leave them in this position to dry. And then you’re done!
My daughter hung her finished Dum Dums canvas art in her room, which goes perfectly with this string of lights she has!
My son made the most adorable Easter chick and egg. How cute is this chick?! I love it!
And I went the flower route and made the canvas above. There’s no limit to what you can come up with! Want to see all that again? Take a peek at the video below, and then go getcha some Dum Dums and give this a whirl! It’s so much fun!