Candy Corn Decorations from Thread Cones for Cute Halloween Decor

Candy Corn Decorations from Thread Cones for Cute Halloween Decor

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 these types of thread cones at one secondhand store after another. I’ve already repurposed some for a Christmas project, but this time, I decided to upcycle a few into candy corn decorations for some cute Halloween decor.

Serger thread cones at The Scrap Exchange in Durham NC

Can you believe how many this shop in Durham, NC had?? Yowza!

Instead of seeking out thread cones in red and green like I did for my Christmas project, however, I only wanted ones 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. 

Thread cones at a thrift store for repurposing projects

And I have a pretty good idea about how to transform them with candy corn colors!

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Repurposing the Thread Cones into Candy Corn Decorations

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

How to repurpose serger thread cones

Before I started transforming them into decorative candy corn, though, I needed to “clean up” my serger thread cones.

First, I removed (re: unraveled) dirty or discolored thread, glued down loose tails, and trimmed the thread, if necessary.

Cleaning up the loose ends on thread cones

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.

Repurposing the thread cones as Candy Corn Decorations

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

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

Stenciling paint on a thread cone in candy corn colors

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 teeny bit of overlap so that no white showed between the candy corn colors.

Candy Corn Decorations with Serger Thread Cones

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.

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.

Candy corn colors with paint on serger thread cones

After the orange paint dried, I was done! The rubber bands worked like an absolute charm.

Candy corn decorations by painting the thread cones

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

I gathered some vintage buttons and my favorite super glue to make some cute little ghosts.

Vintage buttons as eyes for ghost decorations

And just like that, the last two thread cones were darling little ghosts to work in with my candy corn decorations!

Upcycling the serger thread cones as ghost decorations

Candy Corn Decorations from Thread Cones for Cute Halloween Decor

I ended up creating three candy corn decorations in various sizes! Aren’t they adorable for Halloween decorations?

Decorative candy corn for cute Halloween decor

And they are proof positive that you can easily paint serger thread cones to create whatever kind of seasonal decor your heart desires.

In addition to the candy corn decorations, I also had adorable Halloween ghosts that are just as cute as can be.

Ghost decorations with serger thread cones

In the end, I left no serger thread behind. Each of my thread cones were put to good reuse as Halloween decor.

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

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for DIY Halloween decorations, then you will also love the makeover I gave to these plastic pumpkins!

Plastic pumpkins as primitive Halloween decor with rust effect paint

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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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