Fun Halloween craft! How to DIY a Haunted Candy Corn Forest

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!)

 DIY Candy Corn craft

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.)
DIY candy corn craft

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.
DIY Candy Corn craft

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.

DIY Candy Corn craft

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!

DIY candy corn crafts

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??

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26 Responses to Fun Halloween craft! How to DIY a Haunted Candy Corn Forest

  1. These are adorable! I imagine to make them a little more durable you could use wood? Either way, very awesome idea!

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you! These are pretty sturdy, and I love that the foam is so easy to cut. I ‘m sure you could use wood, however, if you’re up to the challenge. Happy Halloween! Sharon

  2. Bronwyn says:

    That looks amazing, I love it! I’m struggling to find Candy Corn anywhere here in Australia this year!

    • Sharon says:

      Oh no, so sorry about the candy corn shortage! Bummer! So glad you like this Candy Corn Forest — it’s an easy DIY so maybe this can stand in for the real thing? Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your creativeness with us.

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Yummy, candy corn. I will have to see if I can work it into the schedule while making crafts for the farmers market. ❤ these

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Mmmm, candy corn! You either love it or hate it, I believe. I’m glad you like this Haunted Candy Corn Forest, too — it’s an easy one, and you can tuck these in just about any corner. You probably have all you need on hand, too. I hope the farmer’s market is a big success! Sharon

  5. PS says:

    Love the design. and such a cute project.Beautiful

  6. Super simple and spectacularly sweet! Pretty sure Jenna and I will be tackling this one! She is going to love it! I might have to get a bag of candy corn to snack on while we create! TFS!

    • Sharon says:

      Oh yes, candy corn to nosh on is a must while making a candy corn craft! 🙂 Do you have a fun list of Halloween crafts that you two are going to DIY? Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. Candy corn is ideal for Autumn and Halloween! Love these designs. Did you know, if you eat both candy corn and a peanut together in the same mouthful, it tastes like a candy bar? Do you know which one it is? Thank you for sharing, Sharon!

    • Sharon says:

      Let me guess — Snicker’s?? I love Snickers even more than candy corn. Do you have a favorite candy corn flavor, Angie? There are so many varieties now! Thanks for the fun “recipe”! Sharon

  8. No candy corn crafts – one candy that I don’t enjoy

  9. annehaun says:

    This is such a cute project and is definitely on my to do list!! Thanks for sharing.

    • Sharon says:

      Thank you, and I’m excited that you plan to make this sweet, candy corn forest! Please share photos — I’d love to see it when you’re done. Happy candy corn crafting, Anne! Sharon

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