Creepy Candy Corn

By  Miranda Farrand  for  Polyform Products

Candy corn has never looked so scary! Decorate this batch of zombie-inspired characters to adorn a simple tree or to hang in your hallway.

  • Creepy Candy Corn


  • Polyform Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay: Orange, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Raw Sienna, Bronze, White, Black, Cadmium Red Hue, Antique Gold
  • Aluminum foil
  • Craft wire, 20-gauge


  • Polyform Sculpey: Clay Conditioning Machine, Acrylic Roller, Style and Detail Tools, Clay Tool Starter Set, Gloss Glaze
  • Knitting needles
  • Wire cutters
  • Acrylic paints: bright pink, white, black, brown, dark purple
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet, oven thermometer, and oven

Basic Supplies

  • paintbrushes, sponge scrap, scissors, newspaper (to cover work surface)
  • Size
  • 1. Candy corn is approximately 4" tall.
  • Creepy Candy Corn
  • 1. Preheat oven to 275ºF. Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. Condition clay separately by running through Clay Conditioning Machine on widest setting. Fold clay in half after each pass; insert folded side into rollers first.
  • 2. Form 2" triangle shapes from aluminum foil; flatten on work surface.
  • 3. Condition Orange, Cadmium Yellow Hue, and Bronze clays separately in Clay Conditioning Machine. Roll each clay to 1/8" thickness. Use cutting tool to cut 4" rectangle from Orange clay; wrap clay around foil triangle on center of shape. Blend edges together. Repeat process to wrap and blend Cadmium Yellow Hue clay on top and Bronze clay on bottom of foil shape.
  • 4. Repeat Step 3 to create similar candy corn shapes using Orange, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Bronze, Raw Sienna, and Antique Gold. Alternate placement of colors as desired using photo as guide.
  • 5. For arms, measure and cut 3" wire lengths. Form ends of arms into finger shapes. Use Orange clay to wrap arms and wire ends (fingers) with small logs of clay. Press 1/8" ball of clay on center of wire (hand). Blend edges. Press wire arms on sides of body using photo as guide.
  • 6. Use ball tool to create eye sockets and mouth by indenting area on surface of body. Roll two 1/8" White balls (eyes) and tiny White balls (teeth). Roll Black clay into 1/16" thickness. Cut small Black pieces and press in eye and mouth areas. Press eyeballs on eye socket. Form teeth into small squares; press into mouths using knitting needle or pointed tool. Roll Cadmium Red Hue clay into thin sheet; cut small lengths and roll into skinny rope. Press small lengths of rope below eyes. Add tiny Black pupils to eyes (layered with Cadmium Red Hue if desired). (Note: Leave eyes vacant by omitting White eyeballs.) For tongue, mix White and Cadmium Red Hue clay into pink clay; form tiny pink circle and flatten. Press tongue into mouth; use knitting needle to add indenture on tongue.
  • 7. For brain matter, mix equal parts White and Black clays into gray clay. Roll very skinny rope on work surface. Use detail tool to indent small area on head; press and layer gray rope into area creating "brain." For bandage, roll White clay into skinny rope on work surface. Cut small lengths of rope; slightly flatten and press onto head.
  • 8. Use needle tool to add texture/detail like cross-hatching or "scar lines" on bodies. Indent bodies to add "warts" or freckles. Indent "crack" lines around bandage and brain.
  • 9. For each candy corn, cut 4" wire length. Turn candy corn over; bend wire and insert loop into back of body.
  • 10. Follow manufacturer's instructions to bake candy corn on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool.
  • 11. On covered work surface, accent clay areas using acrylic paints. Drybrush tongues, eyes (for bloodshot appearance), brain, and red clay areas with bright pink, brown clay areas with dark purple, and yellow and orange areas with brown. While still wet, use paper towel to wipe freckles and other detail lines, leaving paint to highlight. Let dry.
  • 12. Apply Gloss Glaze on eyes and teeth. Let dry.