Decorative Candy Corn with Serger Thread

Decorative Candy Corn with Serger Thread

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 serger thread cones pretty frequently. I’ve already repurposed some for a Christmas project, but this time, I decided to upcycle a few into Halloween decor. More specifically, as decorative candy corn!

Serger thread cones or serger thread at thrift store for upcycling ideas and repurposed projects

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

White serger thread at Goodwill for upcycling into decorative candy corn for Halloween home decor

Creating a Candy Corn Template on Serger Thread

I eventually found a handful of serger thread in white or off white. They were in various states of “mess” with fly-away thread tails, thrift store tape, etc.

Thread cones in white for upcycling into candy corn decorations for Halloween decor

Before I started transforming them into decorative candy corn, though, I needed to “clean up” my serger thread cones. I removed (re: unraveled) dirty or discolored thread, glued down loose tails, and trimmed the thread, if necessary.

Halloween craft ideas for serger thread by upcycling them into candy corn decorations

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.

I planned on using the rubber bands as a candy corn template. My theory was that they would act as a stencil and allow me to create clean-ish lines between the candy corn colors.

Using rubber bands as stencils for a candy corn template to paint a serger thread cone with candy corn colors

I started the decorative candy corn at the bottom of each serger thread using yellow craft paint.

First, I carefully stippled on the yellow paint with a stencil brush. Next, I used a small flat craft paint brush to touch paint up against the rubber band.

Candy corn colors that are being painted on serger thread cones for decorative candy corn

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 candy corn colors.

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

Candy corn template on serger thread to be upcycled into Halloween home decor

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!

Candy corn decorations for Halloween decor by upcycling thread cones or thread spools from the thrift store

Decorative Candy Corn with Serger Thread

I ended up creating three candy corn decorations in various sizes!

Candy corn decorations as a Halloween craft idea and upcycling idea for serger thread

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

Decorative candy corn by stenciling on the candy corn colors with rubber bands and craft paint for Halloween decor

But I still had two remaining serger thread cones in my stash! So, I decided to upcycle into Halloween 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).

Vintage buttons used to make a ghost face on serger thread in white for Halloween home decor

And just like that, I had adorable Halloween ghosts that are just as cute as the decorative candy corn! And I left no serger thread behind – each of my thread cones were put to good reuse as Halloween decor.

Halloween ghost decorations with serger thread cones in white and vintage buttons in black

I just love how they turned out- my perfect little candy corn decor and friendly ghosts for Halloween!

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for decorative candy corn and Halloween ghosts, then you’ll love this Halloween moon from a vintage light fixture!

Halloween moon by upcycling a vintage light fixture into a light up moon with Halloween witch by Sadie Seasongoods

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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.

  11. I don’t know which is cuter the candy corn or ghost. Their both adorable! Clever idea using the rubber band to get a clean edge.

  12. Adorable and so easy to make!

  13. Another brilliant craft design!


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