Not everything about Halloween needs to be spooky and scary — it can also just be fun and colorful, and full of sweets and smiles.

Here is a simple DIY craft idea celebrating that perennial Halloween favorite, the candy corn.

This project starts off very basic so that even the littlest trick or treater can do it, and can be scaled up and personalized to entertain tweens and beyond.

Candy corn garland

Making this Halloween craft keeps the kids entertained and barely costs a thing. And, after Halloween is over, you can recycle the whole thing — no guilt about producing extra waste, and you don’t have to pack it up and find somewhere to store it all year.

halloween crafts with materials for candy corn garland

Materials needed for candy corn garland

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Paint or markers
  • String or ribbon
  • Hole puncher
  • Scissors or straight edge cutter

Instructions for making candy corn garland

The steps for this candy corn garland are the same as the ones I used for the patriotic-themed garland I made for Memorial Day. The only difference is it is painted differently.

halloween crafts with Circle
halloween crafts with Circle
halloween crafts with Circle
  1. Cut out a large circle from the cardboard box and, using a pencil, draw two smaller concentric circles inside it. (I was fortunate that one of my daughters operated a baking business out of my house and I had corrugated cake boards in my attic. And the fact that the boards were white meant I only had to paint the orange and yellow sections!)
  2. Repeat the process making more circles. You can make them all the same size or mix it up with larger and smaller ones.
halloween crafts with painted circles
  1. Paint or color the outermost ring yellow, the middle ring orange, and the innermost ring white (if necessary).
halloween crafts with cut circles
  1. Once the paint dries, cut the circle into triangle — just like a pizza!
halloween crafts with hole-punched wedges
  1. Use a hole puncher to punch two holes in the wider end of each triangle.
halloween crafts with yarn strung through wedges
  1. Lace yarn, twine, or ribbon through the holes on the triangular pieces.
halloween crafts with candy corn garland

Once you have the basic steps down, you can improvise as you see fit. Let the older kids design their own garlands, adding tassels made from yarn or fabric, or add paper straws cut to the desired length in between the candy corn. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!

halloween crafts with candy corn sodas and cocktails

And when the decorating is done, treat the little ones to a candy corn soda pop and yourself to a candy corn cocktail!


Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

You Might Be Interested In...

Comments are closed.