Candy Corn Halloween Tray
One of our favorite seasonal treats for this time of year is Candy Corn. We love it! Plus, it’s really such a cute candy. The colors are perfect for Halloween, or Autumn. I’ve never been really comfortable decorating with Candy though. We have these horrible sneaky sugar ants. I always worry that they will find it no matter where it is. This year I found a solution! This Candy Corn Halloween tray uses real candy! Covering it in Resin seals it away from the ants, and preserves it perfectly forever. If you’ve never worked with resin, it’s easier than you might think.
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Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Halloween Candy Corn Tray:
The first step is to prepare your tray. I took a simple wood tray, and painted it black. I used Chalky Finish paint in Carbon. After the paint is dry, you will need to seal the tray before you continue. I wanted the whole tray to have the same glossy look, but rather than trying to spread the resin evenly over the sides of the tray, I used a Triple Thick Gloss glaze to seal the tray. Let it dry completely.
Use a white glue to attach your candy corn to the bottom of the tray. I put them in straight lines, alternating every other candy corn right side up, or upside down. Let the glue dry completely.
Mix your two part epoxy according to the package directions. I use Famowood Glaze coat epoxy. Most epoxy resins come in two parts and you will need to mix them together before use. Make sure to use disposable containers, there is no way to clean this up you will be throwing the containers away. Also work in a well ventilated area, and use gloves. I used 10 oz of both the hardener, and the epoxy, making 20 oz mixed glaze coat. I wanted to make sure the epoxy was deep enough to create a level surface, completely covering all of the candy corn. If your tray is larger, you will need more epoxy. Let it cure for at least 24 hours. A few days would be best, before you put anything on the tray.
*tip: You can use a heat gun, or a small blow torch to get the bubbles that come to the surface to pop, or in most cases just your warm breath will work. Softly blow on the bubbles on the surface and they should disappear! Any bubbles that are there when the resin hardens will be there forever.
I love the glossy shiny look, and how the candy corn will last forever! It’s such a fun decoration.
You can watch the tray being made in this video here: