Well, it’s that time of year again. Time for me to once again attempt to put together some sort of Halloween costume for myself AND time to start my annual month of Candy Corn Goodness. So, why not combine the two? AND I’m really excited to be making this costume as part of the Really Awesome Costumes Series from Creating Really Awesome Free Things!
Now, it just so happens that I was making this while on my visit to San Diego and my time at the Charity Wings Art Center. I didn’t have my own stash on hand but that was no problem. I simply poked around the art center (6 THOUSAND square feet of creative goodness!) and found: scrap cardboard, washi tape, felted beads, duct tape, ribbon, rhinestones, buttons, felt, Stickles, tiny sparkly seed beads, glitter, some of those mesh sleeves that are used to protect produce, and pompoms. I had purchased some candy corn Duck Brand duct tape and some Elmer’s Designer Masking Tape (Washi tape) and used some of that as well. A pair of scissors and some craft glue and I was all set to go!
I’ve been wanting a candy corn related costume for quite some time. I went as a makeshift version of a candy corn queen last year at Blissdom Canada’s costume party but I really wanted to kick it up a little bit this year. I remembered a fantastic candy corn mask that my friend Andrea Currie made back when she did the webtv show Craftastic Live and that served as my inspiration.
I started by cutting out the same basic candy corn shape from the scrap cardboard for everything. Two slightly larger ones for the mask and then 10 smaller ones – 5 for the wand and 5 for the crown were all I needed. Then it was just a matter of gluing on a variety of the yellow, orange, and white goodies I had found around the art center onto the appropriate sections of the candy corn pieces. For the wand, I covered some chopsticks in the candy corn duct tape and then used it to secure the star portion to the handle. For the mask, I add some ribbon pieces to serve as ties for holding the mask on my face. Finally, for the crown, I covered strips of the cardboard with the duct tape, layering the cardboard as needed to make it thicker and add stability. I formed a ring out of the cardboard pieces and attached the candy corn pieces to that. I used both glue and duct tape to ensure a strong hold.
For my final, crazy additions to this costume, I made cuffs out of the mesh produce sleeves. This kind of came about because one of the volunteers at the art center found them and said, hey they’re the right color and kind of challenged me to come up with an idea for them. So I started tying on felt beads, pompoms, and buttons in the appropriate colors. I think they need more added to them but they’re off to a good start.
Do you live in the San Diego area? Come to the Charity Wings Art Center located on Industrial St. in San Marcos during the month of October and pay only $20 for members or students and $25 for non-members to use the facilities and all the craft supplies available there to make your own costume! There are sewing machines, paint, paper, embellishments, craft tools, and more! All ages welcome – adults must accompany minors.