Make this cute reversible candy corn and Christmas tree holiday craft out of only one 1×12 wood board. It’s a fall and winter decoration all in one!
You guys absolutely loved the reversible pumpkin and snowman craft I made a few years back so I decided I really needed to make another fun two-sided craft this year. It’s just so nice to have one decoration that lasts through several seasons.
So today I’m going to show you how to make a set of three giant candy corn that turn into three big Christmas trees!
One great thing about this particular craft is that you only have to buy ONE board for the whole thing. I bought mine at Home Depot for $14.59. Woot woot!
- 1 in x 12 in x 6 ft Common Pine Board
- Saw (Circular Saw or Jigsaw)
- Tape Measure
- Straight Edge
- Countersink Bit and Phillips Drill Bit
- Power Sander or Sandpaper
- (3) 1.5-2 Inch Screws
- Craft Paint in White, Orange, Yellow, Dark Green and Light Green
- Paint Brush
- Matte Finish Clear Coat Spray (optional for outdoor decorations)
There are probably other methods you could use to make this project, this is just what worked for me. Use the tools you’ve got!
Step 1 Cut the board into three pieces measuring 16 inches, 19 inches and 22 inches long each.
Step 2 Measure 4 inches inward from the top left side of each board and make a mark. Then measure 4 inches inward from the top right side of each board and make another mark.
Step 3 Use a straight edge and a pencil to draw a straight line from the two pencil marks you measured out to the bottom corners. This will give you a triangular shape.
Step 4 Clamp the wood to a work table and use a circular saw or jigsaw to cut along the pencil lines you drew. Repeat for all three boards. They’ll look like this when you’re done:
Step 5 Using the remaining piece of wood from your board, cut a 4 inch strip, then cut that strip equally into three pieces. These will be the base pieces.
Step 6 Sand all of the wood until smooth. Sand along all the edges to round them out a bit. This is optional, but I like the softer look of the rounded edges. I used my orbital sander and it went so quickly. If you work with wood often, an orbital sander is worth the investment!
Step 7 Paint one side with white, yellow and orange craft paint to look like a candy corn. It’ll probably take at least two coats of paint.
Step 8 Once the first side is dry, flip it over and paint the pine trees. I found that for this design, it worked best to start with the bottom section, then move to the next section above it. This made it look like the different sections of color were layered on top of each other like a tree would be.
If you plan to put this decoration outside, I recommend spraying it with a matte clear coat to help it withstand the elements.
Step 9 When all the painting is done, it’s time to attach the base pieces that will allow the decorations to stand up independently. Mark the center of the base pieces and the center of the bottom edge of the triangles. Use a countersink bit to make a little bitty pilot hole in both places. This will prevent the screw from ripping through the wood. Then dig out the countersink hole in the base piece. It’ll look like this:
Step 10 Insert the screw into the pilot hole and drill it in until it just starts to poke through the bottom of the base piece. Then line up the tip of the screw with the pilot hole in the bottom of the triangle and screw them together.
And that’s how you do it, folks! Yay!
Feel free to add accessories or any extra touches that you’d like. I think little red pom poms would be so cute on the trees to look like ornaments. Or you could even wrap them with battery powered fairy lights so they light up at night. So many cute ways you could personalize them.
I put mine up on my porch and I have to say that they put a giant smile on my face when I pulled up to the house and saw those cute candy corns. They’re just so fun!
I made a short little video just so you could see how they flip around.
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