Starburst Party Ball

March 28, 2013

Have you seen those party decorations that have a ton of lollipops stuck into a Styrofoam ball?  So cute right?  Well, I wanted to put a little bit of a twist on it.  It probably helped that I couldn’t find a giant bag of lollipops for a good price, and refused to pay a lot to make a party decoration.  Lol.  Starburst were on sale at my local grocery store, and when I saw the “Fav Reds” pack, I KNEW that’d be perfect.

I just need to throw a little disclaimer out there.  I had a WHOLE bunch of shots.  Every picture was turning out blurry.  I’m not the photographer in our family that knows how to use the fancy settings on the fancy camera.  My husband is the one in charge of the camera and he leaves it on the right setting for me to do pictures.  Well, we got a new lens  and I had no idea how to use it or what I was doing wrong.  Anyways, we figured out what I was doing wrong once I was all done making this awesome ball.  So I have so few pictures that actually turned out.  So sorry!

Starburst Party Ball Materials:
Pot (or bowl or whatever)
Spray Paint (if you want to color your pot)
Styrofoam ball (mine was 6 inches.  It was signification cheaper than the 8 inch)
Glue Gun
2 Packages of Starburst (if you’re going to be picky about how you do the colors, if not then whatever works)

Alright, so I took my ball and divided it into 4 parts.  This isn’t totally necessary, but then you can see more or less where to put the candy.  I also have tissue paper in the bottom of my pot so prop my ball up.  Once the candy was on, I no longer needed to do that.

I started in the center with one color, and hot glued each of the colors around that, and worked from there.  I did try Glue Dots, and those totally didn’t work against the pressure to get them close together. It was a bit tricky, but it worked out for the most part.  You can see in the picture below that I had gaps that the candy just would not fit into.  I’ll tell you how I fixed that in a minute.
Here is a view from the top so you can kind of see how I started.  I have pictures of the process … but they’re blurry (see disclaimer above). 
So, what did I do for the gaps?  I took left over candy, cut it in half (without taking the wrapper off, most of the time at least), and hot glued it down.  Sometimes I had to smash it in a bit, but it worked to fill in the bigger gaps.  The small ones were hardly noticeable once it was all put together.
We used this only as a decoration, and didn’t share with friends.  I would have if it wasn’t hot glued on.  We have eaten some though, and just pulled them off.  Some of the ball did come off too.  However, it would still work perfect to stick lollipops into for another party (as long as I can find some, lol).
What is your favorite kind of Starburst? 
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15 thoughts on “Starburst Party Ball

    1. Kara @ Simplistically Sassy

      Lol Robin! My older kids were at school, but my 2 and 3 year old would not leave me alone. I have no idea how many they had that morning, lol. 🙂 I totally know what you mean. Thanks for stopping by.

  1. Judy diyAddict

    What a very clever idea! I also love the colors.

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