Candy Corn Ombre Spray Painted Shirt

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Ok, I can’t seem to get candy corn off my brain. I’ve painted mason jars in candy corn colors. I’ve melted beads into a candy corn colored bowl. Today, I’m showing you how I painted a candy corn inspired ombre shirt with DecoArt SoSoft Fabric paints.

It’s a super simple and festive fashion craft idea for Halloween or Fall.

Candy Corn Ombre Ombre Fabric Spray Painted Shirt

The thing is, I did use DecoArt SoSoft paints, but you might be surprised on how I applied them.

I didn’t use any brushes, I used spray bottles.

Yep, spray bottles. In essence, I made my own fabric spray paint.

Candy Corn Ombre Painted Shirt with DecoArt SoSoft supplies

I wanted to create an ombre effect rather than hard cut lines between each candy corn color. So, I started with 2 empty spray bottles, one for the candy corn orange and one for the yellow.

I used DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint in Bright Yellow and Cadmium Orange, and DecoArt SoSoft Fine Glitter Fabric Paint in Lemon Yellow and Tiger Orange.

I filled each spray bottle with about 1 cup of water, then I squirted in 3-5 squirts of the paint and glitter colors combined to create a watered down yellow and orange paint.


Step 1

I made sure to do my craft outside on the grass (so any excess paint could drip down). I had a drying rack ready, and I had a white shirt prepped to spray on a hanger.

Prepping for candy corn painted shirt step 1

Step 2

As I held out the shirt with one hand, I started with the orange paint spray bottle and squirted the middle of my shirt. Then I grabbed the yellow spray paint bottle and squirted the bottom portion of my shirt.

As the orange dripped down, the yellow blended in with it and created a beautiful ombre effect.

How to Spray Paint a shirt with DecoArt SoSoft fabric paint step 2

Step 3

When I was pleased with the blending and the colors. I hung the shirt on a drying rack and let it air dry completely.

Candy Corn Ombre Painted Shirt DIY step 3

I know you tell from the photo, but the combination of the fabric paint with the glitter paint added such a glimmery effect on the shirt.

Candy Corn Fabric Spray Painted Shirt Halloween Craft Idea

This was so easy to do, I am definitely going to try this technique on another shirt. I love how the colors blended. It was almost like tie-dye but with a spray bottle.

Happy Candy Corn Crafting!


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Pauline Molinari

I'm the crafty maven, and I'm on a mission to spread craftiness. With a fine arts degree, over 15 years experience in children's publishing, and a savvy, stylish, sassy tween daughter, I come armed with perspective and passion to inspire tween girls and their mothers to be crafty together. 

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  12 comments for “Candy Corn Ombre Spray Painted Shirt

  1. October 14, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Love this!!! What a cool idea

  2. Cher Atwood
    October 14, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Awesome idea thanks

  3. Diana
    October 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Very cute. Love the ombré effect. Question- do you need to iron to set the colors or anything special for washing?

    • October 14, 2013 at 11:28 am

      No heat set necessary, but you need to let it dry for 48 hours before washing. And they recommend that you wash on gentle cycle, inside out, and hang dry after that.

  4. October 14, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    What a great idea! My daughter would love to make a candy corn shirt!

  5. carol shirley
    October 20, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Love this idea not only for my granddaughter but also me! Where did you find your paint and did you spray paint the back as well? Love your creativity!

  6. October 21, 2013 at 4:39 am

    Super cute! I’ll feature it on Fun Family Crafts 🙂

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