Friday, October 01, 2010

Halloween Day 1 - Candy Corn Tree

Happy beginning of the Halloween season!!!
  (For me anyway.) :)

I'm so excited to be paryting with everyone all week!!  I've got some projects lined up that I am pretty flippin' excited about!!  I say 'excited' alot, don't I?

I love Halloween!!  Without a doubt it's my second favorite holiday of the year!!  Nothing can beat Christmas...sorry....not even Halloween.

It's one of the few memories I have of my early childhood years.  I can remember my dad and my uncle dressing up and scaring the kids as they came up to my aunt and uncles house!  They would hide and jump out with scary masks on and yell!  I remember trick or treating with my cousins.  I just remember how much fun we all had every year!!  Since my childhood wasn't always happiness, stability and roses...when I have a memory of my family all together and happy, yeah, I pretty much cherish them!  So, that's why Halloween has always been a favorite of mine!

So, every year I do decorate for it some.  And I LOVE to hand out candy to the kids!  It's one of the highlights of my year!  I don't dress up, but I've been known to put on a silly headband or witches hat!

All the projects I'm going to show you over the course of the week (Friday to Friday) were made this year!  This first project is one of my favorites!!  And it was pretty much FREE!! :)

It's my Candy Corn Tree!


I am totally in love with this project!!

And it was SO easy and FREE!  Wait!!!  Did mention it was...free?  LOL  I just can't get enough of that word! :)

The sticks are actually the dead stalks from my plethora of lillies in my back yard, spray painted black!

The container is a clean, empty plastic peanut butter jar - which I wrapped in jute and tied with ribbon I already had.

I've been super slightly obsessed with candy corn this year.  Not with eating it!  No, it's been all the super cool candy corn projects I've been seeing in blogland!

I saw earrings made from paint sample cards (of course I don't remember where) and I briefly considered making some...but seeing as how I'm not a jewelry maker, that didn't make sense.  But when I started working on my tree...the lights came on and I knew I could make something similar for my tree!!!!

So, I collected orange, yellow and white paint chip cards (from Lowe's, Home Depot, and Walmart - because I didn't want to seem greedy and get them all from one place...I figured I should space my thieverly out.) ;)  I cut them into thin strips and glued them together in the color order of a candy corn.  When the glue dried, I cut triangles out of the cards.  Then I used my paper edge rounder (from scrapbooking) to round the corners.  You of course could just round the edges with scissors. 


I did age my candy corns.  They seemed too 'happy' all bright and new looking next to my creepy looking 'branches'.  I sanded them a little to knock off some of the shine on the sample cards so the glaze would stick.  Then I just let them dry and hot glued them onto some of the 'limbs'. 

(I may have Modge Podged these somewhere along the way...but it's been almost a week...my memory is THAT short!)

But anyway...like I said...pretty much free!  I'm completely in love with this tree...have I mentioned that?  ;)


Ok, come back tomorrow for Halloween Day 2!!  Saturday's project involves my NEW CRICUT!!!  I can't wait!  (haha...you thought I was going to say I was super excited didn't you!) ;)


UPDATE: Infrarrantly Creative is where I got the idea for the candy corns that I used on my tree!


Until tomorrow...

18 comments:

  1. Dang me.....SOOO cute! Well done my friend!

    Many Blessings,
    M.

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  2. I am your newest follower and saw your comment about small homes on Rare and Beautiful Treasures. I, too, have a small home and feel the same way;). I call my home, "my little cottage." Hope you can follow me too at Boston Bee! Would love to share ideas! ;)Alyssa of Boston Bee

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  3. What a FABULOUS idea, missy!! So creative! I love the aged look you gave them too! Way to go! Thank you so much for sharing this find at my party! Have a wonderful weekend...
    Terrell @ FrouFrou Decor

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  4. Very Cute!! I love your blog! Thanks for stopping by Sassy Sites!! :)

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  5. darling idea ... thanks for sharing!
    i think candy corn is cute (but not yummy) ... just like conversation hearts at valentine's day! :)

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  6. Your tree is adorable.

    Halloween is soooo much fun!

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  7. Thanks so much for visiting my blog Pocket Full of Pink. I appreciate your comments! Your blog is lovely. I made a candy corn tree today with out the candy corn! Yours is adorable. Have a great weekend!

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  8. the tree is too cute....must do something similar...and I love candy corn...Enjoyed your blog

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  9. So cute!!! I love candy corns-this is great!

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  10. Very cute! I love me some candy corn (decorations that is...hate actually eating the stuff!)

    Thanks for linking up to Show and Tell Saturday!

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  11. Very cool! I love that this is free! Lorajean's Magazine is having a free halloween party and this would be perfect for it!


    http://lorajeansmagazine.blogspot.com/2010/09/free-halloween-challenge.html

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  12. Love this idea! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I love to see the creative talent of other fellow bloggers. Hope you to see you again soon :)
    ~Lori S.
    Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

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  13. Following from Show Off Your Stuff Monday's Link party! Love this and planning to make similar ones for an upcoming party! Love the idea of the peanutbutter jar!

    Best,
    Krysten
    http://clickableparty.blogspot.com

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  14. That is sooo cute! I love it!

    - Michelle @ Bunch of Craft

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  15. I love candy corn and this is sooo cute! Thanks for sharing at My Backyard Eden!

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