Corny Characters

Add a little whimsy to your Halloween party with these corny characters. The little guy makes a great craft project for kids - just pre-cut and assemble parts in kit form.

Completion time – 2-4 hours

Designer – Paula Bales


  • Cones, one each: 15" x 4"; 9" x 4"; 6" x 3"
  • Balls: 2", two; 1-1/2", four; 1", six
Other Materials
  • Acrylic paints: black; orange; white; yellow
  • Wooden dowels: 3/8"; 1/4"; 3/16"
  • Wooden ball knobs: 5/8", two; 1/2", four; 3/8", tw
  • Wooden ball, 3/4"


  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wooden skewers
  • Paintbrushes: medium flat; stiff round; liner
  • Disposable palette
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Utility knife or craft snips
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Craft-tip set for acrylic paints (optional)


1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut
following from tops of foam cones: 8" from large cone; 3-3/4"
from medium cone; 1-1/2" from small cone. Set aside cone tops
for future projects. Use scrap foam to round off tops of
remaining cone sections as shown in photo.

  • 2. Insert wooden skewers into bottom of cones and foam balls.Holding skewer, paint foam balls white. Place skewers in heavy
    glass or jar; let dry.

  • 3. Holding large cone by skewer, paint cone base and 2"-widestripe around bottom orange. Paint 3"-wide middle stripe
    yellow; paint cone top white. Repeat for remaining cones,
    decreasing stripe measurements as follows: medium cone, 1-3/4"
    bottom, 2-1/2" middle; small cone, 1-1/2" bottom, 2" middle.

  • 4. Use liner brush or craft-tip set and black paint to outlinestripes. Place skewers in heavy glass or jar; let dry.

  • 5. Use utility knife to cut two 5-1/2" lengths (arms) and two8" lengths (legs) from 3/8" dowel for large candy. Cut two
    4-1/2" arms and two 7" legs from 1/4" dowel for medium candy.
    Cut two 3-1/2" arms and two 5" legs from 3/16" dowel for small candy.

  • 6. Paint legs orange and arms yellow. Push dowel ends intoscrap foam to dry.

  • 7. Paint two ball knobs of each size black for eyes; use brushhandle to add white highlight dot to each eye. Paint remaining
    ball knobs and wooden ball orange for noses. Let dry.

  • 8. Twist and glue appropriate arms and legs into foam ballhands and feet as follows: large candy, 1-1/2" hands, 2" feet;
    medium candy, 1" hands, 1-1/2" feet; small candy, 1" hands and feet.

  • 9. Use photo as placement guide to glue and twist arms andlegs into cone bodies.

  • 10. Use photo as guide to glue eyes and nose to yellow stripeas follows: large candy, 5/8" eyes, ball nose; medium candy,
    1/2" eyes, ball knob nose; small candy, 3/8" eyes, remaining nose.

  • 11. Use stiff brush and small amount of paint to brush cheeksorange. Use black marker to draw facial features.