You know I love candy corn crafts for Halloween, right? I am sharing a new candy corn craft today – a Haunted Candy Corn Forest. These colorful, candy corn “trees” stand up to 15” tall, and are a fun Halloween accent on a shelf, mantel, or other corner. And don’t forget the little ghost, flitting here and there in the Candy Corn Forest! I had a lot of fun with this one, and it’s an easy Halloween craft. (Don’t forget about the giveaway!)
To make a Haunted Candy Corn Forest, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam:
- 1” x 12” x 18” or 1” x 12” x 36” sheet
- Four, 3” x 1” discs
- Fabric, assorted orange, yellow and white prints
- Wood dowel, 5/16” dia.
- Acrylic craft paint in black
- Fine glitter in onyx iris
- Wiggle eyes, two
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; serrated knife and old candle or bar of soap; sharp pencil; ruler; straight pins; paintbrush
To make a Haunted Candy Corn Forest:
1. Using a sharp pencil and ruler, draw an elongated triangle with round corners for each candy corn. My triangles measured:
- Large: 3-1/4” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 7-1/2” tall.
- Medium: 3-1/4” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 6” tall.
- Small: 2-5/8” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 5-1/4” tall.
- Ghost: 2” wide at the base; ¾” at the top; and 3-1/2” tall. (Note: I drew him on a slight angle.)
Cut out foam shapes and fabrics, ready to go.
2. Wax the serrated knife with an old candle or a bar of soap, and cut out each piece.
3. Cover each candy corn and the ghost in white fabric:
- Use the foam pieces as your pattern.
- Trace around each candy corn and the ghost on the white fabric, adding add an extra 3/8” all around. Cut out.
- Spread glue around the edges of a foam candy corn, and cover with white fabric.
- Pin and glue the excess fabric to the edges of the foam candy corn.
- Repeat with all three candy corn and the ghost.
Cover each piece with white fabric first.
4. Using the foam candy corn as your pattern, cut out the orange and yellow pieces, adding 3/8” along the edges. Following instructions in Step 3, glue fabric pieces to the candy corn.
5. Cover the edges with a ¾” wide fabric strip, starting at the center bottom. Leave 1” at the bottom that is not glued down.
6. Cut the wood dowel into four lengths: one 10”; two 8”; and one 7”. Paint dowels black, and let dry.
7. Paint the tops and sides of the foam discs black, and while wet, sprinkle with the onyx glitter. Let dry.
8. Insert the dowels in the center bottom of each candy corn and the ghost, and then in the foam discs. I used the 8” dowels for the large and medium candy corn; the 10” dowel for the smallest candy corn; and the 7” dowel for the ghost. Remove the dowels, squeeze glue in holes, and insert dowels again. Let glue dry.
9. On the bottom of each piece, trim the extra 1” of fabric so it fits around the dowel, and then glue in place.
10. Glue wiggle eyes on ghost.
I like the traditional orange, yellow and white candy corn. However, candy corn is now available in almost endless color combinations.
Last year, I pulled together a roundup of all of the candy corn crafts here on Crafts ‘n Coffee – more than 18! In my mind, candy corn says “fall is here”, and the bright candies are such happy colors. If you love candy corn crafts, too, go take a peek!
Fabric, paint, glitter, duct tape, paper, ribbon – I think I’ve made candy corn out of just about anything you can imagine. My candy corn fail is when I tried to make a wreath using real candy corn. What a mess! The glue never dried and the candy corn slipped right off the wreath, leaving a sticky, orange mass of glue.
How about you? Have you made any candy corn crafts? Do you have a favorite from all of the candy corn crafts I’ve shared through the years?
Happy candy corn crafting!
P.S. Have you entered the back-to-school giveaway??