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Thrifty Upcycle Idea: Hanging Dish For Candy Corn And Salted Peanuts

How to make a hanging candy dish to hold a combination of candy corn and salted peanuts that tastes just like a Payday candy bar. 

The best projects are the simple ones that take maybe an hour tops to put together. This upcycle project using a candy dish from the thrift store and an iron hanger thingie from the junk shop is one of those fast projects. I have the tutorial for you and also…..thrifty makeovers from my friends because this is Thrift Store Decor Day!


I bought the vintage candy dish at Goodwill for 99 cents. There were no dings or chips on the dish but the brass hanger was tarnished and black in places.

iron hanger for decor

I purchased a pair of these iron hanging stands at my favorite junk shop for $5.

spray paint with Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint

The first step in the makeover was to update the finish on the iron hanger/stand and then the brass hanger part of the dish. I used Rustoleum Metallic Gold Bright Shiny Finish Spray Paint. This paint is awesome.

how to makeover thrift store finds

Before painting the brass handle on the dish, I needed to remove it, and that took a bit of work. I sprayed the screw on the bottom of the dish and the piece on the top with WD-40 then I worked on the piece for about 10 minutes and finally was able to remove it from the dish.

I took a pair of pliers to the top piece and a screwdriver to the bottom and worked it that way. To save the brass piece on the top from being dented with the pliers I inserted a thick rag between the brass and the pliers.

clean thrift store finds

Cleaning the white part of the dish took a little elbow grease. I was able to remove the gunk with Simple Green.

find unique ways to spray paint small hanging items

It is sometimes hard to paint small pieces on all sides without messing up the spray paint finish, but I devised a brilliant plan for the brass hanger piece. I had this brass light fixture piece with a hole in the middle and I screwed the brass hanger from the dish to it. Then I put on a glove, held the large brass piece in my hand and spray painted the brass dish hanger.

how to spray paint small things

I set the large brass piece on the corner of a wood box until the spray paint dried. 

thrift store upcycled candy dish with candy corn and salted peanuts

Once the brass hanger/handle was dry, I screwed it back onto the candy dish.

how to make a candy display for Halloween with candy corn

Then I hung the candy dish from the gold spray painted iron stand.

Brachs Candy Corn and Planters Salted Cocktail Peanuts

Time to add the goodies. My favorite Fall candy is a mixture of candy corn and salted peanuts. To me, the two together taste almost like a Payday candy bar and I looove those!

thrifty upcycle idea hanging dish for candy corn and salted peanuts Fall Halloween Display

The dish can be used to hold all kinds of goodies and it doesn’t have to hang from the stand. I might fill the dish with Christmas-wrapped Reece’s Cups when it gets to be that time of year.

upcycled candy dish from the thrift store holds candy corn and peanuts

I would also display the dish and stand with seasonal colors and decor. I love orange and have a lot of home decor in that color. Perfect for Fall displays.

That’s it for my project. So easy. Check out your local thrift store for items to reuse. I see various stands for hanging things in the stores on every shopping trip.

It’s time to take the Thrift Store Decor Tour. Just click the text links below the “before” makeovers photo collage…

thrift store decor makeovers September 2023


Thrift Store Decor Tour….
Three Tier Wrought Iron Plant Stand For Fall – My Repurposed Life
Hanging Candy Dish – Petticoat Junktion (you are here)
DIY Felted Fall Leaves – Our Southern Home
Pumpkin Decor From Straw Trivets – Sadie Seasongoods
 DIY Bird Feeder – House Of Hawthornes
How To Make A Painted Surface Look Like Wood – My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Thrifted Pumpkin Basket Makeover – Organized Clutter
DIY Three Panel Room Divider Refresh – Shop At Blu
Easy Modern Mirror Edge – Domestically Speaking

thrift store upcycled candy dish with candy corn and peanuts

Thanks for being here, Kathy

Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. What a clever idea to combine 2 pieces like that! I need to try that spray paint. Love the color!

  2. Kathy, this is ADORABLE with the stand. And OMG, that candy corn/peanut mixture sounds fantastic- the perfect sweet & salty combo. I need to try it!

  3. I can never resist a great metal piece form the thrift store. This is the cutest candy dish! Pinned.