The countdown to Halloween is officially on, now that it’s October! With Halloween goodies and candy corn filling the store isles, I was inspired to get crafty with it, instead of eating it. Okay, maybe I had a few pieces. Crafting with candy corn is a great way to please your sweet tooth, while creating decorations for the season and your Halloween party!
I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Starburst. I received product samples to facilitate my review and promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Starburst, the juicy fruit candy, has put a new twist on the classic fall staple, candy corn! They now have Starburst Candy Corn which comes in a mixed bag of four great flavors – cherry, strawberry, lemon and orange. Celebrity mom, Tori Spelling, teamed up with Starburst Candy Corn to bring you some of her Tasty Tips for Halloween Entertaining. Tori got crafty with her Starburst Candy Corn too, and created a bunch of ideas for treats, decorations, and even jewelry!
I really liked the adorable picture frame that Tori made with Starburst Candy Corn, and the Candied Cupcakes she made looked delicious! But, what I really adored, was the Magnificent Mum Balls that she made with candy corn. I loved that they could fit in with any fall decor and visually they were just fun to look at. The Mum Balls inspired me to take Tori’s craft to the next level and create a Candy Corn Topiary. Making the topiary was actually really easy. I followed Tori’s directions for making the Magnificent Mum Ball, only instead of cutting the bottom of the styrofoam ball off, I left it intact and pushed a wooden dowel into the ball instead. I made another Mum Ball for practice before attempting the topiary, and I will say, it’s important to start with a row around the middle. You get a much more even result that way.
Supplies to make a Candy Corn Topiary:
- 4″ styrofoam ball (you can make this smaller or larger)
- Starburst Candy Corn
- hot glue & hot glue gun
- wooden dowel (approx. 12-14″ long)
- washi tape to cover the dowel
- flower pot / bucket
- something to weigh the flower pot / bucket down (rocks, glass gems, etc.)
- black fluff or something to fill the pot with
- decorative bats on wire to poke into the top of the ball (or hanging spiders would be equally as cute!)
Directions for making a Candy Corn Topiary:
- Poke the dowel about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way into the foam ball, try to get it centered.
- Follow Tori’s Magnificent Mum Ball directions to attach the Starburst Candy Corn to the ball.
- Do the bottom side first (the one the dowel goes into). I used a silicone muffin cup to hold the ball still while I was working.
- Do the top second. Put the dowel into the ball to hold it up so you aren’t putting pressure on the bottom candy corn while gluing the top pieces on.
- Wrap the dowel with decorative washi tape in the pattern/color of your choice. I used a white with black polka dots.
- Gently turn the completed ball upside down and put a substantial amount of hot glue into the hole you made with the dowel. Push the dowel into the hole and hold for a few seconds until the glue sets up.
- Hot glue foam into the flower pot / bucket so it will create a secure base for your (heavy!) Candy Corn Topiary. Fill the pot / bucket with something to weigh it down. You’ll need something to balance out the weight of the heavy candy corn ball.
- Push the dowel into the foam in your base flower pot / bucket. Then cover the top of the foam, and around the dowel, with black Halloween fluff. Done!
I had so much fun working with the Starburst Candy Corn! It’s great to set out in a dish for everyone to enjoy. Or, even put a tea light candle in the dish to create a festive and easy addition to your decorations. I hope you’ve been inspired to create eye candy with Starburst Candy Corn this Halloween. I would love to see what you come up with!