Candy corns are such SWEET memories from my childhood and all of my children love them too. I have been collecting and saving crafts that have to deal with candy corns for years. I keep them out all autumn long! Several years ago, I made votive holders painted to look like candy corns. I will explain those directions. I have no idea where I got this idea from. I might have even come up with it myself after seeing a “manufactured” candle holder similar. My son was only 3 (he’s 15 now) when I made these! I actually had someone take photos of us making these and added them to our scrapbook! They were so much fun!
Candy Corn Candle holder
You will need:
- Various sized terra cotta pots (I used the really small ones from Wal-mart so I could make VOTIVE holders) but any size will work!
- Candles – all sizes, and white, orange, yellow or black. (scented is ok, but try to stick to vanilla scented- that’s what we used and it gives off a realistic feel! We also primarily used votive candles.)
- Paint – orange, yellow and white. I recommend the acrylic paints because they stay on better!
- Raffia (unless you plan to light the candles) we did both! Natural color and then another color (or I guess you could use natural too)
- Hot glue
Here is what you do. Take the terra cotta pot and paint it all white (yes even inside!). (this is your base coat) be sure that the white is WHITE and that no terra cotta color is showing through. This is important because one area will not get any other color paint on it. Allow this to dry for at least 2 hours (or read the paint tube you are using – often it’s longer!) You should do a bunch of these at once, so they are done together.
Once dry, you will paint the bottom half yellow. You will then need to allow that area to dry for at least 2 hours as well. So like I said, be doing multiple ones at a time! Last, you will paint the middle orange. You can make this part as big or as small as you’d like, just be sure to start from the top rim and work your way down. As you can see from the photo, we did different size bands because all candy corns are different.
Next, if you plan NOT to light the candles, you will hot glue some colored raffia into the bottom of the pot on the inside. We used orange. This heightens the candle so it can be seen above the rim of the pot. So use however much it takes to lift that little votive up. Since you aren’t lighting this candle, you can even put it around the candle inside. We did this too, except you can’t see it in the picture. Because it’s kinda smushed down a little.
Then place your candle inside. We wound up hot gluing some of them to hold them in place, and other’s we just stuck in there. If you are planning on lighting these, you will need to find a way to elevate the candle another way. We just used taller candles but you can also glue a soda lid in the bottom and then glue the candle to that.
Anyway, when you are done with all that, you can tie a piece of natural raffia around the outside of the pot. It ads a touch, that isn’t there without it.
Voila! An adorable, easy to make centerpiece. Cluster these together in various places throughout the house.