Mantel Styling Tips

We challenged bloggers to style a mantel in 30 seconds. See what they did and get their smart tips for decorating a mantel.

View Video

Our Innovation Home

Have you ever wanted to unlock your door with a fingerprint? Control the indoor and outdoor lights with your phone? You can do those things and more with a smart home. We show you how to get a home with connected technology and remote-operated devices that are designed to improve and simplify your life. We sift through the many options, including smart appliances, new apps, and smartphone and tablet innovation, and only bring you those that can make your life better. We give you tips and tricks for navigating the new home technologies and help you with buying decisions.

See More

Dream Decorating Decade

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More

Fab Fall Finds

Get your home ready for fall with these cozy decorative accents!

See More

No-Sew Pillows

No need for a needle and thread with these easy no-sew pillow projects. Use transfer paper, buttons, and beyond to create easy statement pillows without the hassle of sewing.

See More

Room Arranging Made Easy

From Better Homes and Gardens, ideas and improvement projects for your home and garden plus recipes and entertaining ideas.

See More
Popular in Decorating

Easy-to-Make Lollipops

Your kids can create their own artful masterpiece in minutes with these easy ideas for homemade lollipops.

A Treat That Can't Be Beat!

It's simple -- crush a handful of candies (or leave them whole), heat in the oven, add a stick and voila! -- your own hard-candy creations.

What You Need

  • Cookies sheet; foil
  • Assorted hard candies
  • Meat mallet or small hammer
  • Metal cookie cutter (optional)
  • Lollipop sticks (available at crafts stores)
  • Assorted small decorative candies

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line cookie sheet with foil.
  3. Place the hard candy into a strong plastic bag.
  4. Use the meat mallet to crush the candies into small chunks.

  5. Stack candies of various colors 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick on the cookie sheet to make a lollipop.
  6. Invite your kids to scatter the candy chunks on the suckers, creating their own design.

  7. Make only 3 to 4 lollipops at a time. Place them at least 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet.
  8. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until candies are completely melted.
  9. After you remove them from the oven, quickly attach a stick to the base of each melted lollipop shape. Carefully twist the stick to cover the lollipop end with the melted candy.

  10. Let the lollipop cool completely, and then peel the foil from the lollipop.
  11. If desired, decorate with other small candies for a special touch.

Loading... Please wait...