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How to Make a Rag Candy Corn

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Have you ever made rag balls? You can use that same technique to make a candy corn! Instead of a styrofoam ball, you need a styrofoam cone! Keep reading to learn how to make a rag candy corn! 

Supplies Needed for this DIY

  • Styrofoam cone
  • 1/8 yard each of yellow, orange, and white fabric 
  • wooden skewer
  • hot glue gun and glue
  • hot glue pot (optional)
  • a surface (frame, wood, mdf sign, cardboard, etc)

Optional supplies: 

  • wire to hang or twine
  • paint or burlap for the surface
  • mod podge
  • buttons
  • ribbon for a bow
  • scrabble tiles

First thing to do is decide if you want to make it a stand alone candy corn or if you will be attaching it to a surface. I had already used the other half of a styrofoam cone to make a fabric ruffle tree, so I just used the remaining half of that one for this project. You can use an xacto knife to cut your cone into two pieces. 

styrofoam cone cut in half

If you’re attaching it to something, prepare your surface. I used a wood sign that I found at Goodwill, so I removed everything from it and added burlap to the front. 

a wood board that I picked up at Goodwill #goodwillfind

When I first looked at this board, I thought, nah, I won’t ever use it. But then I looked at it again and realized that I could take all the hardware off and it already had two holes in it for a hanger and it was already painted. So, for 99 cents, I tossed it in the cart and figured I would use it eventually. Little did I know that I would use it the very next day for this project! Sometimes things sit in my “bone yard” for months before I look at them again. And to think I almost didn’t get it. So, make sure to consider the potential of an item when thrifting and always look twice. 

adding mod podge to a wood board

"Always look twice."

burlap added to wood board

It was either paint the board or cover the board and I knew I wanted to cover it with burlap, but I wanted to make sure those words were covered. The burlap worked great! That saved me a step, because I like the look of the gray with the burlap. I cut my burlap to fit and then frayed the edges a bit by pulling out threads along each edge. 

Let's get to work on our candy corn!

cut fabric squares ready to be used for a rag candy corn #ragcandycorn

To start your candy corn, cut squares out of your three different fabrics. My squares measured 2.5 x 2.5 inches. Once all of your squares are cut, use a wooden skewer and glue (I used hot glue in a glue pot) to start inserting the fabric pieces into your cone. See the video tutorial below. 

completed rag candy corn #ragcandycorn

This is what you'll end up with! Isn't that so much fun?!

Add it to your surface, use some optional embellishments, and a hanger, and you’re all set! 

rag candy corn #ragcandycorn
rag candy corn #ragcandycorn

See the video tutorial here!

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how to make a rag candy corn #ragcandycorn

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a rag candy corn! If you have questions, post them in the comments below! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 

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