Hand Painted Ice Cream Cone Flower Pot
Lately I’ve been seeing tons of patriotic summer treat designs in housewares, fabric, and crafts. I adore red, white, and blue donuts, ice cream, popsicles, and popcorn. Since I’m participating in the Craft Room DeStash Challenge, I wanted to make something using crafts I already had on hand. A Hand Painted Ice Cream Cone Flower Pot decked out in red, white, and blue was the perfect project for the challenge. I didn’t have to purchase anything.
- 6” clay flower pot and saucer
- patriotic inspiration- I was inspired by a pillow with red, white, and blue ice cream cones
- ice cream cone template- I chose a free online coloring sheet, then saved the image to my computer. Next, I opened the image, then selected the 5 x 7 printing option. You can print my template here.
- clear tape
- colored chalk
- paint brushes- 2” foam, 1” foam, 1/4” angle brush, liner or script brush for detailed work
- Apple Barrel acrylic paints- Crimson 2605E Real Blue Gloss 20424E, Real Brown Gloss 20354E, Snow White 21884E, Tropical Blue Gloss 20348E, Country Tan 2608, Pure Pink 20346E – Flat or matte acrylics (not gloss) look dry and unprofessional without a satin or gloss sealer. You can buy spray, or liquid sealer in a can.
- acrylic gloss sealer spray
- mechanical pencil
First, search free printable ice cream cone coloring sheets on your desk top computer. Don’t download the image. Right click the mouse and save the image to your computer. Open the image that you just saved, then print it in the size needed. My computer allows me to select 8 x 10, 5 x 7, 4 x 6, etc. Print the size appropriate for your flower pot.
Cut out the ice cream cones, then rub colored chalk on the back of each one. Tape the ice cream cones onto the flower pot. I just eye-balled mine for placement. Trace over each cone with the mechanical pencil. When you remove the ice cream cone templates, you will have a beautiful pattern outlined in colored chalk.
Next, fill in each section with the appropriate paint color using the 1/4” angle brush. Painting with acrylics is like using crayons in a coloring book. You’re just using paint brushes and paint instead. Add as many coats as needed to create solid color. Allow the paint to dry between coats. You can use a hair dryer to speed things along. Use Country Tan for the cones, and Crimson, Real Blue, and Snow White for the ice cream.
While your ice cream parts are drying, paint the saucer with Real Blue using the 2” foam brush. Paint the rim of the flower pot with Snow White using the 1” foam brush. It will take several coats to achieve an opaque look. Allow the paint to dry in between coats, using a hair dryer when necessary, to hurry things along.
The finished first coat should have solid color on all components.
Put texture on the cones using Real Brown and the liner/script brush. I free-handed this part.
Outline the white and red parts with Real Brown using the liner brush. Paint the cherry stem using Real Brown as well.
Paint sprinkles on the ice cream with Real Blue, Crimson, and Country Tan using the liner brush.
Paint white highlights on the right side of the red and blue scoops by making a tiny tic-tac-toe box with Snow White and the liner brush. Don’t forget to highlight the cherry! I highlighted my cherry later, but should’ve finished that task here.
Dip the 1/4” angle brush in Pure Pink and Crimson, with Pure Pink at the bottom. Paint along the left edge of the red ice cream parts, blending as you go. Don’t paint outside the lines. Remember, it’s like painting in a coloring book.
Don’t be afraid of the paint brush. If you make a mistake, just wipe the paint off with a baby wipe (or wet paper towel) while it is still wet. Follow the same process with Tropical Blue and Real Blue, using the 1/4 angle brush on the left side of the blue ice cream parts.
By painting lighter colors on the left side, you’re conveying the idea that the sun is shining on the ice cream from that direction. The little tic-tac-toe highlight shows how the shaded right side is picking up a little glimmer of the sun as well. It’s a good idea to fill a Mason Jar or other expendable cup with water while painting with acrylics. Rinse the brushes out, then dab on a paper towel when changing colors.
Now, it’s time for the fun part! Paint sprinkles, one color at a time, all around the ice cream cones. Start with Real Blue using the liner brush, then add Crimson and Snow White.
Doesn’t that pot look happy, and ready for summer? Take your Hand Painted Ice Cream Cone Flower Pot (and tray) outside, and spray it with acrylic gloss sealer spray. The sun was setting when I sprayed mine, but I was determined to finish.
You’re all finished! I hope you enjoyed my Craft Room DeStash Challenge!
Every month a group of bloggers are challenged by C’mon Get Crafty to create a new craft or project from their own stash of goodies! Everyone is allowed a $10 allowance for necessities to complete their project (i.e. paint brushes, glue, etc), but the bulk of it must be created from their own stash of goodies.
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