Decorating for Halloween is so much fun, and this candy corn wreath cheerfully welcomes visitors at the front door. Candy corn is very easy to craft with, and the bright colors really make this wreath festive. For an extra sweet touch, it's even finished off with a candy corn-colored ribbon. Now that's a trick that's a real treat.
Air-Dry the Candy
Arrange the pieces of candy corn on a sheet pan in a single layer, and let the candy sit out in a cool, dry place for three to five days. Air-drying the candy corn will remove any residual stickiness and harden the shell. To make this wreath, you will need about 2 pounds of candy corn, or roughly 650 individual pieces.
After the candy corn has air-dried, spread it out on newspaper and spray it with a UV protectant made for photos and paper. Turn the candy pieces over to get to both sides. The protectant will preserve the candy corn so you can use the wreath year after year. It also provides a barrier that keeps ants away.
After you've sprayed the candy corn with the protectant, the candy will be poisonous. Keep the candy away from children and pets, and warn anyone in your household that it is not for consumption.
Wrap the Wreath Form
This project uses a foam wreath form that is 14 inches in diameter. The circular loop of the wreath form is 2 1/2 inches across and about 2 inches thick. Using scissors, cut black duct tape into 9-inch strips, and wrap these strips around the foam with the ends overlapping on the back of the wreath.
You will need about 32 strips of duct tape to cover the wreath form.
Glue the First Row
Starting on the inner edge of the wreath, hot glue a row of candy corn with all the pieces facing the same direction.
- Hot glue can burn your fingers, so be careful.
- Never leave a hot glue gun unattended.
Glue Additional Rows
Continue gluing additional rows of candy corn. As you add each row, alternate the direction that the pieces face. This wreath form fit six concentric rows of candy corn.
Glue More Candy Corn
After the front of the wreath is covered, hot glue candy corn on the side. Four rows of candy corn fit here. As with the front, alternate the direction the candy corn is facing on each row.
Glue Candy Corn Inside
Cover the inside loop of the wreath with four rows of candy corn. Again, alternate the direction the pieces face on each row.
Make a Candy Corn Ribbon
An orange, yellow and white ribbon extends the candy corn theme. Start with a 15-inch length of white ribbon, a 6-inch length of orange ribbon, and a 15-inch length of yellow ribbon. I used grosgrain fabric ribbon.
Pin the pieces of ribbon together with the orange section in the middle. Place the seams so they are on the same side. Then sew one edge of the orange piece to the white ribbon and the other edge of the orange piece to the yellow ribbon. The white and yellow pieces are longer because they are used for tying.
If you do not want to sew, just keep the ribbon to one color. The wreath will still look wonderful. Having a tri-colored ribbon is not integral to its appearance.
You now have a candy corn ribbon.
Wrap the Ribbon Around the Wreath
Wrap the ribbon around the wreath. To secure the ribbon, you can tie the white and yellow ends of the ribbon together to form a loop or sew the ends together as I did, cutting off any excess ribbon.
Add a Wire Loop
It can be difficult to hang the wreath from the ribbon, as it may be too thick for a hook. Wrap some wire around the top of the ribbon and create a wire loop. This way, you can hang the wreath from the wire loop instead of the actual ribbon.
For this wreath, 18-gauge wire was used, as it is a thickness often used for picture hanging. The lower the gauge, the thicker the wire and the more weight it will support.
The wire loop also allows you to keep the ribbon straight, rather than twisted around the wreath hook.
Maintaining the Wreath
Keep the wreath dry, away from rain or snow. If necessary, wipe it with a dry cloth to remove dust. When the season is over, place the wreath in a plastic bag and store in a cool, dry location for safekeeping. You'll definitely want to display it again next year.