candy corn trees…

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

halloween is such a fun time year filled with frightful festivities and sugary sweets to delight our childhood memories.   i love this time of year and as a child, the excitement of dressing up in costume to go out trick-or-treating was an absolute favorite.  so naturally these whimsical candy corn trees bring those magical moments right back.  today’s quick tutorial is the perfect way to decorate for your halloween celebrations, and the supplies are readily available at your local craft store – have fun…t!m


  • idea-ology woodlands tree lot
  • distress spray stain: spiced marmalade, mustard seed
  • distress rock candy glitter
  • glossy accents
  • scissors
  • craft sheet
  • 1 1/2” wide painters tape
  • paper towels

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

start with a set of woodland tree lot.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

gather your basic supplies before you start.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

wrap a strip of 1 1/2” wide painters tape around the middle of the tree leaving about and inch of the bottom of the tree exposed.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

place the tree on a paper towel and spray the bottom area with mustard seed distress spray stain rotating the tree to cover all areas.

*note: if you don’t have spray stains, you can use distress re-inker and water in a mini mister.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

wrap the paper towel around the tree to blog the excess stain from the tree and tape.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

tear about a 4” piece of painters tape.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

fold the ends towards the center as shown.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

trim the excess tape around to create a cone shape.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

place the cone piece of tape on the top of the tree and slide the ring of painters tape down the tree to cover the yellow area.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

spray the middle area with spiced marmalade distress spray stain rotating the tree to cover all areas.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

wrap the paper towel around the tree to blog the excess stain from the tree and tape.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

remove the tape ring and cone for other trees to reveal your candy corn tree – cute huh?

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

pick up some glossy accents with your finger.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

lightly swipe glossy accents along the bristles of the tree going from top to bottom and working small areas at a time.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

place the tree over a scrap piece of paper and shake rock candy distress glitter over the tree – repeat on all areas of the tree.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

now create as many candy corn trees as you want.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |


Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

the color possibilites are endless with woodlands, distress spray stain, and distress glittter.

Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

*be sure to check your local stores for these supplies or you can click the links below to purchase online…

(SSS=simon says stamp / IE=inspiration emporium)

Woodlands, Tree Lot (SSS|IE)
Spiced Marmalade Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Mustard Seed Distress Spray (SSS|IE)
Rock Candy Distress Glitter (SSS|IE)
Glossy Accents (IE|SSS)
Tonic Scissors (IE|SSS)
Craft Sheet (IE|SSS)

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Candy Corn Trees by Tim Holtz |

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100 Comments to “candy corn trees…”

  1. Tommye Bell says:

    Well, you never cease to amaze us..well, me! And just to let you know…your design team is ROCKIN OUT. They are just killing it…!
    TFS your amazing talent…and their talent with us. So cool.

  2. Diana says:

    Love these!!! May have to make some for Christmas !! Different colours of course!

  3. Thanks for the week in review. I’m just not getting caught up on all the great team projects. This is fabulous Tim. Candy Corn is so iconic for Halloween and these trees are just perfect replicas of the tasty treat. Love them.

  4. Linda Newcomb says:

    Love these trees!

  5. Sharon L-S says:

    This is so cute. I am doing one tonight for the granddaughter’s dorm room. tfs

  6. Thank you Tim, I love it. Saw these in your craft booth on a CHA video and was wondering exactly how you made these. People might want to know, there is a Sizzix die for a 3-D house that you can alter with coordinating distress colors that these trees would look fabulous next too! The designer is Brenda Walton. Just got your new door die and the pediment die to go with that and your window die I have. Can’t wait to use them to decorate the front of my Halloween mini album for this year! Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  7. Patty Hebert says:

    Soooo cute Tim! I love them! Endless possibilities…thanks.

  8. Kirsten Alicia says:

    SO cute!!

  9. DANEE says:

    Lovely…dying the trees any color I want….just one more reason to love the sprays

  10. Sharon Young says:

    Oh my gosh, these are so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

  11. cheryl c says:

    That proves it … they’re not just for xmas season! If only they were edible….

  12. Cynthia F says:

    Those are fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Linda says:

    so cute! Can’t wait to try…I have been stockpiling trees for some reason…

  14. Ame says:

    Love it – never would have thought of that!

  15. Jen Shipley says:

    Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  16. Jen Shipley says:

    Awesome. This is just awesome! I am loving those trees.

  17. diana says:

    totally edible looking!! thanks for sharing! have trees..must try!!

  18. Rosetta Jenkins says:

    I love these sprays! Got a few woodland trees to spray. Never thought of Hallowee trees. Love it!

  19. Nana says:

    I so love every way that you craft with these little trees. The colors are wonderful.

  20. Hey these look almost good to eat!! He he!

  21. Jeri B. says:

    What a great idea!!! LOVE IT!!!!

  22. ruby t says:

    Loving these…so cute. I cannot decide which ones I like better the candy corn color for the sheer fun of it or the black soot, crushed olive or seedless preserves for more richer colors.

  23. Carol says:

    Halloween is the best and your candy corn trees are just delightful.

  24. Gigi says:

    How clever. It’s the perfect addition to the Halloween scene.

  25. Maureen Chandler says:

    What a cool project – thanks so much!

  26. Cathy Osborne says:

    Now this is some candy corn I would like. Love the purple tree.

  27. So adorable! I love candy corn and these are such a fun decor item!

  28. Marilyn says:

    These are great!

  29. Cindy says:

    Great idea, especially since I can no longer EAT candy corn……..pure sugar, but SO GOOD!! (I can vaguely remember the taste.)

  30. Jackie QH says:

    If I decorated for haloween I would make the trees!! Candy corn is one of my favorite treats!!

  31. tracy says:

    Candy Corn Trees!
    How cool is that!

  32. Flo says:

    It’s nice to see a project from you today. Love the trees, all of them.

  33. Theresa G. says:

    OMG!!! I LOVE THESE!!! They look good enough to eat!!!!!

  34. Gloria L. says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute! Send ’em right over!

  35. I’m not sure what I would personally do with them, The candy corns are adorable… but I just love the seedless preserves tree, that purple just looks so dang yummy… I figure one of these days I will find a project to use them with 🙂

  36. Jocelyn Cazier says:

    Too stinkin’ CUTE!!!!

  37. Sheri K says:

    I’m not a fan of eating candy corn, but these trees are adorable!

  38. Cute enough to eat. Seriously! What a great way to extend the use of those sweet little trees!

  39. Violet says:

    Love those trees. I’ve never seen them locally though so I don’t have any…the trouble with living in small town in Ontario!

  40. Patricia B says:

    I love those candy corn trees! Amazing! Thanks for sharing! I’ve got to try this! Team Holtz has done it again with inspiring more Halloween decor! Love ya’

  41. Barbara L says:

    This is a great Halloween project! Thanks, Tim.

  42. Mel Roberts-Hareld says:

    What an Autumnal DELIGHT!!!

  43. Angele says:

    Love the glitter idea!

  44. rhonda nickol says:

    Love them and I going to have to make them, thanks for sharing Tim!

  45. Linda Bell says:

    I love those candy corn trees a lot..TFS!

  46. Love this! And your vintage Halloween decor is wonderful!

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