Mini Candy Corn Wreaths

Mini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.com

Don’t devour that whole bag of candy corn just yet. You might want to save some to make these cute mini candy corn wreaths.

This simple home décor project transforms the iconic Halloween treat into fall décor for your home. Add a touch of festivity (and fun!) to your Halloween or fall displays with these super simple wreaths. And, because they’re not too Halloween-themed, you can even keep them up through Thanksgiving.

Dress up your house with these festive mini candy corn wreaths. Here’s how to make them.

Mini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.com

You’ll need just a few supplies to get started. The main supplies are just candy corn and mason jar lids. (You’ll also need your trusty hot glue gun.)

What you’ll need:
– Candy corn
– Mason jar lids (I used Wide Mouth lids.)
– Hot glue gun
– Twine

Mini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.com

Making a mini candy corn wreath is pretty straightforward. Simply, start hot gluing your candy corn kernels around the top of the rim. (I used Wide Mouth mason jar rims.) Arrange the kernels so that they all face in the same direction. Doing so will keep the wreath looking uniform instead of haphazard. Angle the kernels slightly. This ensures that you fully cover up the lid.

Mini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.com

Once you’re done gluing kernels along the rim, repeat the same steps for the outside of the rim.

Finally, add a loop of twine, so you can hang your mini wreath.

Mini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.com

You could make a larger wreath using a flat wreath form or craft ring, but those little kernels take a while to glue. I found Wide Mouth mason jar rims to be the perfect size because I could make more than one wreath without spending my entire Saturday doing it.

Mini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.comMini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.com

I hung up my wreaths in the kitchen on three wooden crates. But these mini candy corn wreaths will make a sweet addition to any fall display in your home. Arrange them in a display on your tabletop with gourds and pumpkins. Or, hang them on your walls as seasonal art. They’d look especially good in a small grouping of three or four.

Mini Candy Corn Wreaths | redleafstyle.com

If you store your mini candy corn wreaths carefully, you should be able to use them next season. (And if a candy corn kernel happens to pop off, just hot glue it back on.)


Related articles:
Candy Corn Pumpkin Art
DIY Concrete Jack-O-Lanterns
Pumpkin Carving Day

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.com

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.

candy_corn_milk_glass

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!

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.com

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.

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.com

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.

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.com

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.

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.com

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.

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.com

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.

Candy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.comCandy Corn Pumpkin Art | redleafstyle.com

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!


Related articles:
DIY Concrete Jack-O-Lanterns
Pumpkin Carving Day
How to Find Unusual Pumpkins

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps | redleafstyle.com

When I cut a couple of pairs of worn out jeans into jorts (jean shorts) the other day, I had a pile of denim left over. Because I’m a no-waste weirdo, I couldn’t just toss out the scrap fabric. I might be able to something with it. Something really cool. Something unexpected. Much to my surprise, I actually did come up with a pretty neat use for that leftover material.

The thin strips of denim left over from trimming my shorts work great as book straps for notebooks. You know, like the straps that go around Moleskin notebooks. All notebooks tend to expand with time and use. Their pages get all flared out and they won’t stay closed properly unless you set something heavy on top of them. Now, you have an easy (and inexpensive) solution. Strap that notebook down with a sweet denim band made from your old jeans.

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps | redleafstyle.com

See…just like a Moleskin, only better!

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps | redleafstyle.com

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps | redleafstyle.com

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps | redleafstyle.com

I like the clash between the industrial look of the denim and the ultra-feminine images on this notebook.

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps | redleafstyle.com

You can also use the strap as a bookmark!

Easy DIY Denim Book Straps | redleafstyle.com

What do you think? Would you use a scrap of denim as a book strap? Do you have any other clever uses for old jeans material? Tell me in the comments…

Keep Up With Red Leaf Style!
Follow Red Leaf Style author Kirsten Hudson on Twitter @kirsten_hudsonGoogle+ and Pinterest.