Candy Corn Pumpkin Art

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People have big opinions about candy corn. Some people love it. Some hate it. I like to decorate with it.

Whether you eat the stuff by the bag full or wouldn’t touch it, candy corn is an iconic candy of the fall season.

And I challenged myself to turn this beloved Halloween treat into a sweet decorating project.

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Candy corn is tricky to decorate with because there aren’t a lot of ideas out there beyond filling up glass vases or jars with the candy.

If you look on Pinterest, there are tons of projects that mimic candy corn—pinecones painted like candy corn, pumpkins painted like candy corn, wine bottles painted like candy corn—but not many that actually use candy corn.

I had a bag of Brach’s Indian Corn on hand, which is different from traditional candy corn because it has a chocolate brown color on the end instead of bright yellow. And, I think that brown color is what actually ended up giving me the inspiration for this candy corn pumpkin art project.

After staring at the candy a long time trying to come up with an idea that hadn’t been pinned a million times already, I think the orange and brown blurred together and I saw a pumpkin!

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You’ll need just a few supplies for this candy corn pumpkin art project. (I already had everything I needed around the house.)

What you’ll need:
– Brach’s Indian Corn
– Piece of wood
– Stain (optional)
– Hot glue gun
– Paint stick
– Twine

Here’s how I made this candy corn craft that doubles as décor.

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Step 1: Grab your piece of wood
If your board isn’t shaped like a square, trim it so that it has that square shape. I stained my board in a dark espresso color. I thought the dark espresso color would really help the bright orange in the candy corn pop. But there are so many options! You could paint your board white (or another color) or just leave it as is.

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Step 2: Arrange your candy corn in a pumpkin shape
I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, so I started arranging my candy corn pieces into a pumpkin on the table beside me before transferring them to my board. (You could just start on your board, though.)  It’s easiest to create the pumpkin outline first, and then fill in the middle.

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Step 3: Hot glue the candy corn to the board
Once you have your candy corn arranged into a pumpkin shape, start hot gluing the pieces down.

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Step 4: Add a stem
Your pumpkin isn’t complete without a stem! I broke off the end of a paint stick (the free ones from the hardware store) for my stem. I like how the ends frayed a bit, which made the paint stick stem look more natural. I also added a curly piece of twine to look like a vine.

I love the simplicity of this craft project. It’s great for using up that extra candy corn. And, this art piece isn’t too Halloweeny, so it can last well through Thanksgiving. Hang it on the wall or add it to a fall décor arrangement on a side table or shelf.

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Creating this candy corn pumpkin art put me right in the mood for fall. I’m ready to pick apples, go to the pumpkin patch and sip hot cider. Now if the leaves would just hurry up and change color!


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Favorite Kansas City Things: August 2016

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It’s hard to put your finger on it exactly, but I think it’s safe to say that Kansas City, Mo., is experiencing a Renaissance of sorts. This cow town that straddles a border with Kansas City, Kan., has really come into itself over the past few years—and the nation is taking notice.

Maybe it was the Kansas City Royals winning the 2015 World Series. Or, perhaps it’s the excitement for the KC Streetcar, which just opened in May and runs from the River Market to Union Station. Maybe it’s the ever-popular First Friday in the Crossroads Arts District every month or the blossoming vintage and antiques scene in the West Bottoms.

Whatever it is, Kansas City is happening. Whether you’re visiting Kansas City or you’ve been here all your life, it’s time to start exploring this city. I’ve lived here five years and I feel like I’m just now starting to discover everything Kansas City has to offer.

That’s why I’m starting this new blog series; to share the hidden gems, the local favorites and the places you have to check out in Kansas City.

Here’s what I’ve been exploring this month.


First Friday: Art Starts at the KC Library

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Building on the momentum from the KC Streetcar, the Kansas City Public Library recently started hosting its own First Friday event. The Art Starts at the Library event is held in conjunction with First Friday, and the library is encouraging visitors to start their First Friday fun at the Central Library by enjoying its art galleries, live music on the rooftop and (I almost want to keep this one a secret) a complimentary bar.

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If you haven’t seen the Central Library’s rooftop terrace, that’s reason enough to check out this First Friday event.


Brown & Loe Opens

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A new bistro-style restaurant has opened in the River Market. Brown & Loe, 429 Walnut St., sits just outside the entrance to City Market square and occupies the long-vacant Merchants Bank Building.

Featuring Southern-inspired upscale American cuisine, the restaurant is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. The atmosphere feels elegant, but still friendly. If you love old buildings, like me, you’ll go gaga over the original marble from the building’s bank days and its other historic architectural details. It has a beautiful dark wood bar that runs the length of the building and a patio just next to Dutch Flowers, which is perfect as the weather cools down.

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If you want to know more about Brown & Loe, look out for my piece on my dining experience there in the Fall 2016 issue of VintageKC magazine.


Day Trip to Rock Bridge Memorial State Park

If you’re looking to get out into nature without traveling too far from Kansas City, I highly recommend Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. The highlights of this park include the Devil’s Icebox, which is a sinkhole where you can view an underground stream, and a natural rock bridge. There are also several hiking trails that are fun to explore.

The park sits just south of Columbia, Mo., and is about a two-hour drive from Kansas City.

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I love traveling the world (more tips on that to come!) but I also think you can explore close to home if you have the right mindset. And, if you want more travel tips for Kansas City, be sure to check back here every month.



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How to Repurpose an Old Dresser Drawer into a Wine Rack

How to Repurpose an Old Dresser Drawer into a Wine Rack | redleafstyle.com

We’ve all seen repurposed dresser drawer projects. Turning an old drawer into a shelf. A dog bed. A planter. While I love all of these projects (anything old to new again is awesome in my book,) I wanted to try something a bit different.

I racked (get it!) my brain for a repurposed dresser drawer project I hadn’t seen before. When I saw the wine bottles on my bar cart, inspiration hit. Turn an old dresser drawer into a wine rack.

My dad gave me an old dresser drawer that, when flipped on its side, was the exact height to fit a few wine bottles. From there it took some trial and error to get the wine rack just right.

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I came up with this project when tasked with producing a repurposed dresser drawer project for the Summer 2016 issue of VintageKC magazine.

I wanted to create a piece of décor that fit my style—and that I’d actually use. Sometimes it feels like so many of the DIY or craft projects you see in magazines or on Pinterest look neat but aren’t something you’d enjoy having around for years.

I think my wine rack fits the bill.

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You’ll need to gather just a few supplies to do this repurposed dresser drawer project.

What you’ll need:

– Old dresser drawer (one that will fit wine bottles)
– Old boards
– Rope
– Saw
– Drill
– Paint (optional)

Here’s how I transformed an old drawer into a fancy wine rack with just a few DIY updates.

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I wanted to give my drawer a rustic look, so I started by swiping on a soft layer of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in linen. I kept the paint light so the wood would peek through.

Next, I cut four old boards to fit inside the drawer vertically and adhered them using wood glue. The boards also got a light layer of paint before I attached them. If you’re recreating this project, you may need more or fewer boards depending on the size of your drawer. I “measured” by laying wine bottles side-by-side in the drawer to see how many would fit.

The final step was to drill two holes in the top of the drawer. Cut a piece of rope to your desired length, thread it through the holes and secure the rope by tying each of the ends in a tight knot.

Add your wine bottles (or a bottle of whiskey if you accidentally opened the fifth bottle of wine like me,) and your wine rack is complete.

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What would you make from an old dresser drawer? There are so many possibilities!


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