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.

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


  • 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)
This is my kind of decoration.<br><br>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.
Haha, thanks, mine too. :) <br><br>I wish I could hand-paint stuff like that, but I'm pretty artistically challenged...doomed to resort to stencils.
These are great!
Thanks Seamster!
Hah, awesome!
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
Thanks mg!
ahhhhhh! it's an invasion of mutant candy corns
Oh, these rock. :) NIce job!
Thank you! The project was a whole lot of fun, both for me and the kids.
candy corn Army ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
Haha, they did look a bit like an army all over my front porch. :)
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
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. :)

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