How to create mouthwatering, Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

Here’s the scoop on how to make the cutest Ice Cream Cone Wall Art for your kitchen, a kid’s room, or just about anywhere you’d like to add a little whimsy. It looks just like vanilla ice cream, doesn’t it? If you’d like a different flavor of ice cream, mix a little acrylic craft paint into your spackling before you use it. With a little re-engineering, I think you could make the Ice Cream Cone Wall Art a little larger, and add a second scoop for a double-decker ice cream cone. Yes, please!

DIY wall art with ice cream theme

Ice Cream Cone Wall Art by Kathleen George

To make Ice Cream Cone Wall Art, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball; 18” x 12” x 1” block OR a 36” x 12” x 1” sheet
  • Scrapbook paper, two 12” x 12” sheets in coordinating patterns
  • Cardstock: Light brown (cone) and two other coordinating sheets
  • Lightweight acrylic spackling
  • Glitter: Ultrafine white/iridescent
  • Faux cherry
  • Sawtooth picture hanger or hook-and-loop adhesive picture hangers
  • Mod Podge, gloss finish
  • Paper paste
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Tools needed: Scissors; pencil; ruler; serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; flat paintbrush; 1” putty knife; butter knife; straight pins; optional: crimper; rubber brayer

To make Ice Cream Cone Wall Art:

1. Measure and mark a 12″ x 12″ square on your foam sheet or block. Wax your knife blade with an old candle or bar of soap. Cut out the 12” square with the serrated knife. Cut the foam ball in half. (You might also try cutting the foam with dental floss.)

2. Spread paper paste on the front of the foam square, or apply thick, white craft glue. Center and adhere a sheet of scrapbook paper to the foam square. Working from the center, carefully smooth out the paper with your fingers or a rubber brayer. If using white craft glue, the paper may look wavy, but it should flatten out as it dries.

3. Cut four, 12” x 1” strips from the second sheet of scrapbook paper and paste to the edges of foam square. If needed, use pins to hold the paper in place while the glue dries.

4. Cut a 6″ square from one sheet of cardstock and a 6-1/2″ square from the second sheet. Layer and paste squares to the center of the 12” square. Refer to the photo, if needed.

A crimper adds texture like a real ice cream cone.

A crimper adds texture, but this step is optional.

5. Make the cone:

  • Cut out a 6-1/2″ square of light brown cardstock.
  • Optional: If you have a crimper, feed the paper through the crimper in one direction, and then in the opposite direction. This should create a raised grid.
  • Using the pattern, cut out the cone from the cardstock.
  • Fold tabs to the back.
  • Gently bend into a cone shape.
  • Using a low-temp glue gun, glue tabs to the front of the 12” square. The tip of the cone should align with the bottom of the center cardstock square.

6. Insert a half-ball into the top of the cone. Glue to secure.

This looks so real! How to make faux "ice cream" with spackling and a ball of Styrofoam brand foam.

It looks good enough to eat! Use your putty knife and butter knife to shape the spackling to look like real ice cream. Add a little acrylic craft paint to create a “flavor.”

7. Cover the half-ball with spackling, using the putty knife and a butter knife. Smooth out the spackling, but leave the edges ragged where the spackling overlaps the cone. Add more spackling, smoothing and shaping, till it looks like scooped ice cream. Let dry completely.

8. Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the ice cream, and sprinkle with glitter. Glue a faux cherry to the top.

9. To hang, add a sawtooth hanger to the back by dipping nails into glue, and then inserting them through the sawtooth hanger and into the foam. Let the glue dry. Or, hang with hook-and-loop tabs.

How about hanging an ice cream cone on your front door? Now, that would be welcoming!

No-Melt Ice Cream Cone Door Hanger

The summer wreath alternative -- hang an ice cream cone on your front door! Cute!

Ice Cream Cone Door Decor by Kathleen George.

Super-Scoop Ice Cream Cone Door Décor

Super-fun and super-sized ice cream cone for the front door. Hello, summer!

A bright red cherry tops this Ice Cream Cone Door Decor!

My current favorite ice cream is the key lime pie ice cream at Jeni’s. It’s amazing!  I also love a good, sweet-tart sorbet, and find a chocolate-peanut butter ice cream hard to turn down. How about you? What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?

I’ll see you tomorrow with one more adorable, ice cream theme craft – don’t miss it! (And be sure to check out the Felted Ice Cream Cone Ornament I shared on Tuesday.)

These are so much fun! There are some must-make ice-cream-these crafts on CraftsnCoffee.comHappy crafting.


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8 Responses to How to create mouthwatering, Ice Cream Cone Wall Art

  1. My daughter would love this looks good enough to eat!

  2. Katiria says:

    Sharon you found some cones that won’t melt in the hot Florida sun, thanks!

  3. Oh my gosh! TOO cute! LOVE the Ice Cream Cone Wall Art idea! I think I have everything I need to create this project. Will be checking when I get into my craft room! I think my grandsons would get a kick out of having their favorite kind of ice cream on a cone on the wall in their bedroom! Thank you for the inspiration!!

    • Sharon says:

      Fun! So glad you want to try this one! What are your grandsons’ favorite ice cream flavors? It would be fun to make this in their favorite flavors, and let them pick out the paper, too. Happy crafting! Sharon

  4. LisaM6 says:

    Mouth watering is right. I could go for one right now. 🙂 Great tuts.

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