By Kathleen Neafsey
That’s right — I said it — candy corn without the calories. October means: Halloween, ghosts, goblins, witches, and most importantly, candy! Although I know that candy corn is available year-round, I really only indulge during the month of October. Like Buddy the Elf, I too am convinced that it’s one of the four food groups. Now I’ve found a way to enjoy it — or the idea of it, anyway — without the sugar rush.
Truth be told, this project should also be called Plan B — it wasn’t the original craft I’d set out to make. Sometimes I have really great ideas in my head, but by the time they reach my hands, they don’t turn out the way I’d hoped. So instead, we end up with an embarrassingly quick and easy craft. Live and learn.
Here’s your supply list:
- Lightweight cotton yarn in yellow, orange, and white – these were $1.99 each. This easily makes more than the three cones shown.
- Styrofoam cones – I bought one that was approximately 9” tall and two that are approximately 6” tall.
- Glue – any clear or white school, or tacky glue works fine.
Starting at the bottom, wider end of the cone, squeeze glue onto the cone. On the larger cone, I went up about an inch or so at a time, drawing a squiggly line of glue around the circumference of the cone.
Beginning with the yellow yarn, or brown if chocolate candy corn floats your boat, begin wrapping the yarn around the cone. I found it easier to hold the pointed end of the cone in my left hand and twirling it around while wrapping the yarn around it. (If you’re left handed, I guess you’d do the opposite.)
When you feel you’ve done enough yellow, cut the yarn. Beginning where you left off with yellow, start with the orange yarn – follow this same step when you finish with the orange and begin with the white yarn.
Once I had completed the cone, I went back over all the sections again with more yarn. You can see the difference between one layer versus more layers of yarn. When you start an additional layer, you’ll only need to place a dot of glue at the beginning of each color, it will just adhere to the layer beneath it.
You can see the difference between the cone on the left, which only has one layer of yarn, and the one on the right which has two – three in some places, if I noticed any bare spots.
I’m actually looking forward to trying this again for Christmas, using red and green and gluing on some little ornaments. I’ll be sure to post photos!
Speaking of photos, since I’ve done a couple of wedding-related crafts for this column, I’m including a photo of the new bride and groom. My niece, Megan and her new husband, Joe – may all the happiness you bring to other people be returned to you each day. XOXO
Fabri-Kate is a column running on Kate-book.com every other Tuesday. It is written by the crafty Kathleen Neafsey, who wields a mean pair of scissors. Follow her on Twitter @dbmomkat and look for a brand new craft next time.