Welcome to DAY THREE of the Malone Street Studios Blog Launch Party.
The banner we strung up for Claire’s Vintage Inspired Ice Cream Social was a cinch to make. Not only were Claire’s playmates eyeing them from below – but I think a few of the adult guests were, too. They are so simple, whimsical and charming!
Before we get started, just a few things….
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to enter for this week’s giveaway – a custom, hand-painted sign by MSS.
You can enter by:
1) Leaving a comment on any MSS blog post page (see box below) this week
2) Posting a comment on the Facebook Page or any Malone Street Studios Facebook posts this week
(so if you do both, you get TWO entries!)
Also, I just want to say thank you for all of your sweet words of praise and encouragement. My blog website has been up for a little over a month now, and I am in awe by all the support I have received so far. I have even met some new people thru the blog world along the way. It has truly been an incredible month! I cannot tell you how exciting this has all been and I have you to thank!
Ok, onto the DIY!
(I apologize in advance for the somewhat fuzzy photos. Unfortunately, with a full time day job, sometimes crafting at night is all I have time for, and as a result, the lighting isn’t as adequate.)
For the following DIY tutorial, please, as always, use proper safety precautions, especially when operating the hot glue gun!
You will need:
3″ diameter styrofoam balls (get white if possible)
plastic table cloths in a variety of colors (I went with brown, cream and baby pink)
heavy square cardstock (12″x12″) – in neutral colors/patterns (think waffle cones) – you will need one piece per every 1-2 Styrofoam balls
hot glue gun/glue sticks
clear fishing string or bakers twine
heavy string for hanging
hooks/nails for hanging
heavy duty glue stick
Creating the Cones:
1) Draw an outline like this template , in the corner of a piece of your cardstock. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but try to get a circular edge for the top edge of the cone, as shown below. I managed to squeeze two “cones” onto a single 12”x12” piece of cardstock
2) Repeat for desired amount of cones, and cut out cone shapes
3) Roll cut cardstock into a cone shape, overlapping the edges slightly, and secure with hot glue or heavy duty glue stick. My cardstock was pretty heavy, so I opted for a more secure hold with hot glue.
Ice Cream Scoops:
4) Take plastic table cloth(s) and cut out 12” squares. Depending on the color of your table cloth, you may need to layer up several squares to hide the color of the Styrofoam balls. As I had light pink and cream material, to cover up green balls, I had to layer up the 12”squares of plastic tablecloth in order for the green not to show through.
Also, make a little set of parallel snips in the center of the outside square…this will make it a lot simpler when it is time to hang up the cones!
5) Take 3” diameter foam ball and place in center of square.
6) Wrap square of plastic material around the ball, and rubber band at the bottom
7) For the ruffled strips around the “ice cream” scoop, cut 2” by 18-20” strips of plastic table cloth. You will need one strip per ball.
8) Cut 1” by 18-20” strips of plastic table cloth. You will need one strip per ball.
9) Repeat steps 7 and 8 for any additional colors you want to make.
10) Take a plastic strip, and as explained in Cupcakes and Cutlery’s tutorial, run the plastic strip’s edge lengthwise through your thumbs pulling your thumbs gently away from each other so that the plastic stretches slightly. This will create the ruffled edge. Repeat on the opposite edge. Continue to do so for all of the plastic strips you have cut out so far.
Assembling the Ice Cream Cones:
11) Take a cone and fill the inside top edge with hot glue.
12) Place a wrapped foam ball inside the cone, rubber-band gathered side down, and press gently for a few seconds.
13) Run a line of hot glue around the outer top edge of the cone.
14) Take a 2” wide ruffle strip, place on the glue strip, and wrap around circumference of the cone.
15) Run a line of hot glue around the center of the ruffled strip.
16) Take a 1” wide ruffle strip, place on the glue strip, and wrap around circumference of the cone.
16) Secure a loop of string or ribbon thru the little parallel snips you made in the center of the plastic squares that you used to wrap the foam balls.
Then string onto bakers twine or a ribbon and voila!
You have made yourself a 3D Ice Cream Cone Banner!
I tied a piece of pink satin ribbon between each cone to keep them from sliding into each other…plus it just looked even more cute!
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