Hey yall! Its been a crazy week for me and a bit sad. On Tuesday my baby starts Kindergarten, YIKES and everything seems to make me cry this week. Taking her shopping for school clothes was so much fun, but I am pretty sure I cried every time she picked out something and wanted to TRY IT ON…geeze. I was not expecting her to TRY ON clothes already at 5, soon to be 6 in a few weeks..so that is even harder!
Then she came home to try them on for her dad, cried again. Looking on pinterest for first day of school ideas, bawled my eyes out. And the best part, she just hugs me and says “it will be ok mommy i’ll still live with you until I’m 18!”, so ya I cried some more.
Such an emotional week preparing her for her big day and planning her big birthday party. I can not take much more, so I decided to give my tears a break and do something fun to take my mind off of it all.
That’s my baby..isnt she the worlds cutest kid! Ugh she melts my heart! Ok enough sadness!!
SOOO…I am really excited to show you the newest DIY this week that I made for my store this week. CANDY CORN..can you say yumm! Now, if only I could get some of that candy while I write this I would be one happy emotionally drained chick!
So cute, that we even decided to write her teachers name on one of them as desk decor for fall/halloween! I have a feeling she is going to LOVE it! Anywho, lets get you to work so you can make your very own candy corn decor!
White spray paint..or white paint
Yellow and Orange Acrylic paint
Briwax my new favorite wax to rustic things up! (you NEED this!..just saying lol)
some sort of saw to cut the wood
sand paper, I used 80 grit but just use what you have laying around!
Ok lets get started! First you are going to cut your pieces out. I used a Compound Miter Saw (I could not live without this thing) to make the cuts. Slide the cut to 25 to make the angles. Then put it back to center to make your cut along the bottom of the corn.
With a 2×6 board you want to make a cut at 2.5in and 3in so that you get a flat top. It will make more sense when you see the next photo.
Then put the blade back to center and cut along the bottom of the corn to cut it off of the board. As you can see it is a true piece of scrap wood with multi color spray paint on it haha. But it worked perfectly!
After you cut out your pieces you want to sand all of the edges and round the tops a bit so its not so square looking, or leave it as is. Completely up to you and your style! Then you want to either spray them white or paint them white. Spray painting is just quicker for my impatient self.
After it dries paint on your yellow and orange stripes. I wanted it to be rustic so I just hand drew on lines with the paint and if they were not perfect, oh well lol. The Briwax will fix this! I did two coats of each color using acrylic paint because I put it on thin so it was kinda see through until the second coat. Next take your BRIWAX (words can seriously not express how obsessed I am with this wax and I have been using it on all sorts of new projects at the shop. You just take steel wool and rub the wax on, cover it all with a thin layer making it thicker in spots and streaking it up. Then take another piece of steel wool and rub it off. I took a paintbrush and painted the wax on where all the paint meets up with the other colors so it hid the messy lines and gave it a more not so perfect look, then wiped it off after a few seconds. The Briwax dries hard and protects the paint. I am so glad I found this stuff. It is just heavenly! Look how cute and rustic they look.
TA DAAA! I think it took me about 30 minutes to make 6 of them. And like I said earlier I am going to put my daughters new teachers name on one as a first day of school gift. But you could add “trick or treat” or anything fun you might like. Me I like them plain..and now after looking at these pics I WANT candy corn in my mouth right now…someone send me a bag lol!
Here is the one I made for her teacher! Cute, RIGHT!? And a bonus, my daughter painted all the stripes on it herself! Best teachers gift EVER!
Hope you enjoyed!