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Every year we try to come up with a fun project to add to our Halloween decor.  Last year we went huge with the guillotine project.  This year . . . a bit smaller.  My daughter came to me with an idea to make some giant candy corns.  We tossed the idea around a bit and came up with a way to make them fit in with the overall spooky theme of our yard.  Next was a plan to make them easily with materials we already had laying around.  This is the result.
 
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Step 1: Tools & Materials

Required Tools
  • Bandsaw or Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • X-acto Knife

Nice to Have Tools
  • Miter saw
  • Router
  • Belt sander
  • Spindle sander
  • Random orbit sander
  • Airbrush
  • Hot glue gun

 

Materials
  • 2x4 Lumber - doesn't need to be nice, but try to avoid pieces with excessive knots
  • Spray paint
  • Cardstock (for template/stencils)
  • Mr. Potato Head arms
    • The best source is direct from Hasbro, but requires planning ahead because they quote 4-6 week delivery time.
    • Failing that, they can be found in accessory packs at some stores
    • Also check Ebay
  • Eyelets (for painting)

Step 2: Make a Template

The first step was to come up with a decent size for the enlarged versions.  Since I have a lot of 2x4 pieces sitting in the garage from other projects, we decided this would be a good base size.  We printed out a candy corn shape on some cardstock and then transferred it to a scrap piece of 1/4" plywood.  This was cut out and sanded to serve as our template for making several of the little buggers.  Leaving it as just a cardstock template would work just as well, but I see making more of these in the future, so thought the plywood would be more durable in the long run (hardboard or something would probably be even better, but I didn't have any handy). 

Our template wound up being approximately 3.5" wide by 4.5" tall, perfect.
This is my kind of decoration.

This could easily be done on a simpler level (hand-painting instead of stencils, not routing the edges, etc.). But you took it to the next level to make it look even better. 5 stars.
Some Dork (author)  The Papier Boy3 years ago
Haha, thanks, mine too. :)

I wish I could hand-paint stuff like that, but I'm pretty artistically challenged...doomed to resort to stencils.
seamster4 years ago
These are great!
Some Dork (author)  seamster4 years ago
Thanks Seamster!
zascecs4 years ago
Hah, awesome!
Some Dork (author)  zascecs4 years ago
I tried to make them more scary than funny, but it turns out you just can't get away from the funny aspect with candy corn. :D
mg0930mg4 years ago
Amazing.
Some Dork (author)  mg0930mg4 years ago
Thanks mg!
Dr. Pepper4 years ago
ahhhhhh! it's an invasion of mutant candy corns
Some Dork (author)  Dr. Pepper4 years ago
LoL!
Oh, these rock. :) NIce job!
Some Dork (author)  WingsandFences4 years ago
Thank you! The project was a whole lot of fun, both for me and the kids.
eyepodd4 years ago
candy corn Army ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
Some Dork (author)  eyepodd4 years ago
Haha, they did look a bit like an army all over my front porch. :)
jtmjr4 years ago
I really like the way your candy corn army looks and the eye is a great addition lol I think the nerve ends look great like that im gonna try that with the next one i do thanks for the insight
Some Dork (author)  jtmjr4 years ago
Thanks jtmjr! I actually like them both ways. Your method gives it a much more gory look, the other way I thought looked a little more realistic. Both have their place. :)