Serger Thread Cone Candy Corn Décor

Serger Thread Cone Candy Corn Décor

In my neck of the woods (The Carolinas), relics of old industrial textile mills are common at vintage stores and thrift shops. So, it’s no surprise that I run across old serger thread cones pretty frequently. I’ve already repurposed some for a Christmas project, but this time, I decided to upcycle a few for Halloween.

Vintage serger thread cones at The Scrap Exchange in Durham, North Carolina for upcycling and repurposing projects by Sadie Seasongoods /

So many options…

Instead of seeking out red and green serger thread cones like I did before, however, I only wanted white thread cones this time! I wanted to experiment with painting them to look like candy corn décor for Halloween, and white thread made the most sense. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Serger thread cone in white at thrift store to be upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

On the Goodwill shelves!

Serger thread cone in white at thrift store to be upcycled by Sadie Seasongoods /

My collection…

This is a REALLY easy upcycling craft project and only requires a few simple steps. Before I started painting, though, I needed to “clean up” my serger thread cones: Removing dirty thread/yarn, gluing down loose tails, and trimming where necessary.

Cleaning up white serger thread cones before upcycling into candy corn decor for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods /

Just a little prep work…

Once they were all ready to go, I gathered a few painting supplies, including my favorite stencil brushes, yellow craft paint, orange craft paint, and wide rubber bands.

The rubber bands will act as a “stencil” of sorts, allowing me to create clean (or clean-ish) lines between colors, just like on real candy corn!

Fingers crossed that this works out!

I started my serger thread cone candy corn décor at the bottom, using yellow paint. Using my stencil brush, I carefully stippled on the yellow paint. I then used a small flat craft brush to touch paint up against the rubber band.

So far, so good…

When the yellow paint had dried (I let it dry overnight), I gently moved the rubber band a hair lower so that just a teeny line of yellow was above it. I wanted a hair over lap so that no white showed between the yellow and orange layers.

I added another rubber band at the top to mark off the white tip, and used a small binder clip to cinch it in place.

Upcycling serger thread cone into DIY candy corn decor for simple Halloween decorations by Sadie Seasongoods /

I have a good feeling about this!

And I painted in the orange segment just as I had done with the yellow- stippling with my stencil brush and then doing the rubber band edges with a small flat paint brush. And it worked like a charm!

Repurposing serger thread cones into candy corn decor with craft paint by Sadie Seasongoods /

Thread cone candy corn!

I ended up creating three serger thread cone candy corns…

Serger thread cones that have been upcycled into candy corn decor for Halloween with craft paint by Sadie Seasongoods /

I love them!

Aren’t they so sweet? And proof positive that you can easily paint serger thread cones to create whatever kind of seasonal décor your heart desires.

Repurposing serger thread cones into simple, easy DIY candy corn decoration for Halloween by Sadie Seasongoods /


I still had two remaining white serger thread cones that I decided to upcycle into ghosts. I gathered some vintage shank buttons, my favorite super glue, and a bobby pin (to create little divots for the button shank to sink into).

Upcycling serger thread cones into DIY Halloween ghosts using vintage buttons for the face by Sadie Seasongoods /

How cute are they??

And just like that, I had adorable Halloween ghosts that are just as cute as my candy corn decor!

Upcycling serger thread cones into DIY Halloween ghosts using vintage buttons for the face by Sadie Seasongoods /


I just love how they turned out- my perfect little candy corn décor and friendly ghosts for Halloween! And don’t forget to check out my entire collection of upcycled Halloween projects for even more crafty inspiration.

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  1. This is an amazing recycle Sarah… I could not love it more! Great project!!!

  2. Debra A Wise says

    These are so cute! I think I’ll hunt down some serger cones and try this!

  3. Patty Soriano says

    SO Cute ! I wonder why so many of these end up at the thrift shop with so much thread left on them ? But really great for crafters. Or crochet projects.

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      The textile industry really faltered in the latter part of the 20th century and the mills just closed…leaving behind all these spools, yarn/thread and all. Over the years, they’ve found their way to antiques stores and thrifts, depending on who buys and/or finds the stuff in the old mills. So long as I keep finding them at local thrifts, I’ll keep repurposing them!

  4. Robyn Wright says

    Love it!

  5. Love these!

  6. This is just so cute, your creations are just mind blowing girl!

  7. Super cute idea, Sarah and such a creative use for serger thread spools!

  8. These are really neat! As a sewer, I have to admit I’m having a bit of a war in my brain about using a full thing of thread as a painted decoration – haha! I stumbled upon a whole bin of serger cones at a thrift store clean out, but I’ll be using them for my serger. Maybe I could repurpose the cones in a similar way…the cogs are turning! : )

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Haha, if it makes you feel any better, these thread cones are 50-60 years old and the “fuzzier” thread breaks pretty easily! This is a much better use. 🙂

  9. Hope Smitherman says

    You totally are making me wish I could find old spools of thread like this. What a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing your bright ideas with us! 😀

  10. Love your candy corn recycling project. So clever! I love the way your mind works.


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