As far as I am concerned candy corn is just about the cutest thing to happen to fall. I love the colors, I love the shape and I love the taste. So when it comes to fall DIY I often want to follow inspiration with these fun little treats. Now the candy corn spray-painted bottle is not a new thing. You’ve seen these around and so have I. The only difference I have is that I wanted mine to be a bit “messier”. It didn’t really go the direction I wanted in that regard but they’re still stinkin’ cute so I’m happy.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

I also got to try out a good couple of Mexican sodas in the process of looking for some interestingly shaped bottles for my project. That was an unexpected bonus of the project!

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

In the end, this is simple and really cute. Let’s hop on this and make some fab and budget-friendly fall decor, shall we?

For this project you will need:

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

This isn’t actually a soda bottle but a Topo Chico which is an agua mineral, or fizzy water. Rob drinks these all day long so I have an endless supply of these bottles ๐Ÿ™‚

Make sure your bottles are really dry. Mine was on the outside but when I flipped a few over the water from where I washed them out spilled out a bit. The paint can’t adhere to the wet glass so I had some touch-up work to do because of this.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

Here we have a half liter bottle of Mexican Coca Cola and a Squirt bottle. I’ve always preferred Mexican Coke but I cannot stand Squirt. It’s way too acidic for me.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

I spent ages and ages trying to get the paint off of these bottles but the process must be completely different than for US bottles. For U.S. bottles you can soak them in a bucket of water with a splash of CLR (Calcium, Lime, Rust cleaner) and then just wipe the paint away.

This paint was going nowhere. No CLR, hot vinegar or even a razor blade could knock this stuff off. Defeated I finally decided to paint right over the painted on labels and cross my fingers. Good news is they aren’t quite as noticeable as I had feared!

To start you’ll need to paint the top part of your bottles white, including the lip at the top. To cover labels, if you have them, you’ll need 2 coats of good spray paint.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

And by good spray paint I mean something like what you see above. I’m a Rustoleum gal and this is my favorite paint of all time. It’s more expensive than the bargain brands but you can’t find orange or yellow in it normally anyway. This has a primer inside of it and one coat and you’ve done most of the time.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

Hit the middle with a spray of orange.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

And the bottom with a spray of yellow.

If the previous paint is still wet beneath the topcoat will separate. (you can see this on a few of my bottles in a pic above). Wait for each to dry. You can still get that fuzzy/messy look by spraying a bit farther than you need to but you won’t need to go back and do a lot of touch-ups like I did.

If you do need to touch up it’s really no big deal, though.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

I tossed in a few fake sunflowers and laid these cuties out on my new office shelf.

DIY Fall Halloween Candy Corn Bottle Vases

With all of the birch and black and white these guys really pop but match at the same time. And it turns out I hate the drink Squirt but I LOVE that bottle most of all! ๐Ÿ™‚