Friday, October 14, 2011

Candy Corn

I decided that I needed something to place on our table to help celebrate the festive month of Halloween. Since we are all about candy in this home, large candy corn bowl fillers were a logical choice. They are friendly and fun and keep us in the mood for Trick-or-Treating at the end of the month. Thankfully, they are also very easy and inexpensive to make. In fact, since they are made out of paper mache, they make recycling incredibly fun! Here is how I made ours:

First, take a section of your newspaper and fold a corner of the folded edge down into the middle of your newspaper at an angle:

 Fold over (or sorta roll) again while holding on to the top. By doing so, you create your candy corn point. The looser you fold, the more square and plump your candy corn is:

Fold over remaining corner:

Tape in place:

Turn form so that the point is facing down. Fold the raw edges into the cone:

Tape folds down:

Start taping over corners and holes:

Also, cover the base with multiple strips of masking tape until it is covered fully:

You don't have to cover the entire form with masking tape but make sure the holes are covered and the shape looks the way you like:

Cover your entire form with paper clay. I cover mine with about 1/4 an inch of paper clay:

After smoothing, let dry (if you don't have any sunshine, placing them in the oven on warm works like a charm). When they are all dry, paint in your candy corn colors (I forgot to show that part....woops). To get an antiqued look, add a couple drops of black paint to a Tablespoon of water and wipe on your form with a damp rag (I have now also used baby wipes and it worked great). Do sections at a time and blot off with another damp rag (or wipe). Continue to do this until you get the look you like.

After that antiquing drys, spray with a clear coating (like this)and your done!


Marie said...

What a fun idea! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share! Can't wait to see you again on Wednesday!


Victorian Lady said...

Just found your site! I have such a love for paper mache and these are too cute! :D Might I suggest burnt umber instead of black? I love aging things and it is my favorite!
Thanks and have a great day!


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