5 Minutes To…A Pom-Pom Candy Corn Shirt

Whether it’s Fourth of July or Halloween, you can pretty much guarantee that every other child in suburbia is going to be sporting that Old Navy or Target festive t-shirt. Not that I mind the $5 tees – we definitely have our fair share – but sometimes I just want something a little different, a little spunky, but still around the same low price tag.

My candy corn pom-pom tee is just that and is inspired by a t-shirt I saw several months back in the J.Crew catalog. At $40, I knew I could easily create one myself with some basic supplies that we just happen to always have in our craft area – pom-poms and hot glue. This summer, I created a peace sign version and it quickly became one of my daughter’s favorite summer tanks.

This Halloween shirt literally took me five minutes to make and was less than $6 (black tank is from Old Navy but you could easily use any type of tee).  Even if you think you don’t have one ounce of crafting skills, if you can glue circles, you can make this!

Here’s what you need:

  • Orange, yellow and white (or silver) crafting pom-poms (I did a mix of solid and sparkly ones)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Black tank or tee


  • Layout your candy corn design on the tee. I used 12 orange (2 rows, 6 each), 10 yellow (2 rows, 5 each) and 3 silver sparkly ones (the poms are a little larger than the orange and yellow ones). I did mine on an angle, but you can position yours how you wish.
  • Glue your pom-poms. I do one at a time, applying a small amount of hot glue to the pom versus the tee. As I glue each one down, I make sure to squish the poms together as you don’t want any empty space showing through. Pull away any glue strings that you will inevitably get.

That’s it! As for washing, I launder on cold in a lingerie bag and then air dry. My poms have stayed on for several washes, but if one happens to fall off, guess what you do – glue another one back on – EASY!

Now time to start figuring out a Christmas one…any ideas?

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7 comments on “5 Minutes To…A Pom-Pom Candy Corn Shirt

  1. 1
    laura k says:

    This is soooo cute, i cant wait to make them for my girls

  2. 2
    Karsha says:

    Soo cute! Can you help me design one for me – but with a wine glass instead of candy corn? Ha!

  3. 3
    Stacey says:

    Very cute! For Christmas, what about a candy cane, xmas tree or santa hat??? I really need to get me a glue gun :)

  4. 4
    Elise says:


    THIS IS ADORABLE! {Great model, btw!} What a fun project! Yee Haw!

  5. 5

    Pretty sure I’m going to make one of these for my daughter!!

    SO SO CUTE!!

  6. 6
    Nancy says:

    You could certainly see your skills in the work you write. The arena hopes for even more passionate writers such as you who aren’t afraid to say how they believe. At all times follow your heart.

  7. 7
    site says:

    Have you considered adding some social bookmarking links to these sites. At least for facebook.

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