To start, we need to make the template for our candy corn pieces.
Cut a piece of scrap paper that measures 5 1/2 x 10-inches. With a pencil draw a small notch at the center point of the 5 1/2-inch side, that would be at the 2 3/4 mark.
Line up the piece of paper in your paper trimmer, with the left bottom corner and the center point in the cutting track. Cut. Flip the piece over and line up again the same way. When cut correctly you will have a triangle pennant shape.
Since most candy corns have a blunt end, line the bottom of the triangle up at the 8-inch line, and cut 2 inches off of the tip.
Trace the candy corn template onto the styrofoam with a marker. To make fewer cuts, flip the template over and put right next to the one before. Trace 11 pieces.
Cut the shapes out of the styrofoam.
I used an awesome tool called the Styro Cutter Pro. This handy little tool makes cutting through styrofoam a breeze and eliminates the mess of little styrofoam pieces that stick to EVERYTHING! You should check it out, it really is pretty cool.
Next, we are going to use a product called Smooth Finish. It is a coating that when dried makes the styrofoam super easy to work with. It can be painted and even lightly sanded.
Apply two coats to each candy corn piece. Allowing time to dry and a light sanding between the coats.
All of the different candy corn pieces should be painted pretty similarly. To keep the different colors spaced evenly, mark lightly 1 inch from the tip of the candy corn for the white and 1 1/2-inch from the wider bottom for the yellow. Paint the center orange.
Depending on the coverage of the paint you may want to paint two coats.
To hold the wreath together I used a piece of chipboard that I had. You really don’t need to buy anything for this, sue what you have. You could even use a cereal box.
Cut a large square out of the center leaving about a 2-inch border. This will be the back piece to the wreath that holds it all together. If you would like, you can paint this piece orange, but not necessary.
Also, make sure that you use a hot glue that is designed for foam. Otherwise, the glue will just melt to the styrofoam and not adhere it to the chipboard piece.
Next, arrange all of the candy corn pieces over the chipboard frame. Then adjust as needed to make all of the pieces spaced equally apart.
Remove one candy corn piece at a time and apply a good amount of hot glue to the chipboard base, and the press the piece into place. Repeat all the way around the wreath.
Use a thick, wire edged ribbon and create a large bow. Adhere to the wreath with a dab of hot glue.
Hang on the front door and enjoy!
Have you ever made anything with styrofoam before? What was it? Share and leave a comment below!
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