Sunday, September 21, 2014

2 x 4 Candy Corn - A Tutorial

Last year I showed you my 2 x 4 Black Cats and Pumpkin. This year we've made some 2 x 4 Candy Corn!  Are they not the cutest? I love them!
So just to warn you, this post is picture heavy, but I wanted to give you good directions so you might be able to try your own.
Our corns measure 5", 4" and 3 1/2".  The size is up to you, we just decided to make 3 different sizes for our set.  Using scrap 2 x 4s we cut the long sides of each corn on a 15 degree angle.  My honey used a clamp to hold the small pieces of wood in place.
Cut the first long side after securing with a clamp safely out of touch with the blade. Please wear safety glasses too please!
Flip your block around and cut the other side with the same angle.  Our chop saw has a laser guide which helped to show exactly where the cut would go.
Next, if you choose, cut the point off.  We chose to do so because we wanted a more rounded look.
Next my honey used a file to round off the edges.  He held it still using the clamp again.
Lastly, using a hand sander, sand them all smooth.  We prefer to use our Black and Decker mouse sander for these small jobs.
Next up is painting them to look more like candy corn.  I used Pumpkin Orange, White and King's Gold acrylic paint from Walmart.
Using painter's tape, tape off your first section.  You can make these as big or small sections as you like.
I started with the yellow paint because when I looked up candy corn that is how traditional candy corn was colored.
It took 3 coats of paint to get good coverage.  I removed the painter's tape before it totally dried and then let that step dry really good under the ceiling fan.
When your yellow is dry, tape off your next section.  Orange is next.
Remove tape and let dry, same as the first step.  See how the orange leaked down on the yellow?  I didnt worry too much about that because I knew I was going to distress them later.
Last step is the white paint.  Tape off your section, paint on 3 coats of white paint, remove the tape and let it all dry thoroughly under the ceiling fan.
For my final touches, I used the mouse sander again and distressed the top and front sides.  Then I added a bit of raffia to go along with the look of my black cats and pumpkin and I was done!
For such small pieces they are a little time consuming, but oh so worth it! Too cute!  I hope you try some for yourself.  Let me know if you do, I'd love to see!

It doesn't have to be done all at once.  It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!

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10 comments:

  1. These turned out so cute, DeeDee! I love candy corn decorations for fall! I'd love for you to share these at my Creative Ways Link Party that goes live tonight at 8pm central. Hope to see you there!
    Blessings,
    Nici

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  2. I'm a sucker for a good Halloween project and this one is so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Those are the cutest candy corns -- I love that they are distressed!

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  4. This is the one of most creative Halloween projects that I have seen.
    Love if you share this on Fabulous Friday Party
    Thanks Maria
    http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/fabulous-friday-partyfall-features/

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  5. I love candy corn and any DYI decor to make them and these came out so cute and adorable. I don't own saws and have to figure out what else can I make them out of that I have on hand but saving your instructions for a later date.Thanks Susie

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  6. Super cute! Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog hop, I’ll be featuring you this week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick®

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  7. Love these!! PINNED. Best wishes, Linda Crafts a la Mode

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  8. These are adorable! Very clever idea that can be used for years! I'm sharing on Facebook today! Everyone should see this.

    Have a great weekend!

    Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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  9. I want to make some! Hope the Mr. can get handy so I can get painting too. Dropping by from your feature at a blog party. Theresa @DearCreatives

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