Hello, my friends! It’s Leigh with The Turquoise Valentine, and today, we’re diving into an exciting new craft project that’s perfect for summer. We’ll be creating an Ice Cream Wood DIY Set complete with a charming beaded garland. So grab your materials, and let’s get started!

Materials Needed:

  • Wooden ice cream set pieces (from The Turquoise Valentine shop)
  • Beads (20mm) – optional
  • Paint (various colors for the ice cream and cones)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Sponges (for blending and texture)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Twine or fishing line (for the garland)
  • Fabric strips or twine for the tassel
  • Optional: Baker’s twine for added color

Step-by-Step Guide:

Step 1: Unpacking and Organizing Your Pieces

Begin by unpacking all the small pieces from your set. Familiarize yourself with the various parts, including the wooden ice cream cones and the garland pieces. It’s helpful to sort them out on your workspace to see what you have and plan your painting strategy.

Step 2: Painting the Ice Cream Cones

We’ll start with the ice cream cones. Choose your colors based on your favorite flavors. Here are the colors I used:

  • Strawberry: Light pink
  • Vanilla: Light mocha
  • Chocolate: Fawn mixed with a bit of burnt umber
  • Mint Chocolate Chip: Pistachio mint color

Using small paintbrushes, carefully paint the wooden ice cream pieces. For the swirled cones, use a fine brush to create the distinct swirls. Allow each layer of paint to dry fully before adding another color to prevent blending.

Step 3: Creating Sprinkles

To add sprinkles, use a fine-tipped brush to dab on small lines and dots in various colors like red, yellow, blue, and green. This gives the cones a fun and festive look. Make sure the paint is dry before adding another color to avoid smudging.

Step 4: Assembling the Ice Cream Beads

Each ice cream bead consists of two wooden halves and a middle spacer piece. Glue the appropriate halves to each side of the spacer piece, ensuring they align correctly to form a uniform bead with a central channel for the string. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 5: Painting the Beads

You’ll need to paint the 20mm beads to match the colors of the ice cream. I used:
– Pink for strawberry
– Light mocha for vanilla
– Chocolate brown for chocolate

To keep them organized, you might want to place the beads on skewers or toothpicks stuck into a foam block while painting. This makes them easier to handle and ensures even coverage. Let them dry thoroughly.

Step 6: Creating the Tassel

For the tassel, cut strips of various fabrics in the colors of your ice cream (pink, pistachio, and chocolate). Arrange about 13-14 strips together, folding them in half to create a loop. Take a piece of twine and tie it securely around the top of the folded strips to create the “neck” of the tassel. Wrap baker’s twine around the neck for added decoration, tying it off securely.

Step 7: Assembling the Garland

Take a long piece of twine or fishing line and apply a dab of hot glue to the end to prevent fraying. Thread the beads in your desired pattern. I used a sequence of pink, white, and chocolate between the larger ice cream beads.

To ensure the ice cream beads face the right direction, make sure to string them in the same orientation. When all beads are in place, knot the ends securely to prevent slipping.

Step 8: Attaching the Tassel

Attach the tassel to one end of the garland by tying it securely. You can use a touch of hot glue to hold it in place if needed.

Displaying Your Craft

With all pieces painted, glued, and assembled, you can now display your beautiful ice cream garland and wooden ice cream set. The set can be placed in a gumball machine, used as decor on a tiered tray, or displayed as a summer centerpiece. The possibilities are endless and it’s sure to bring a touch of whimsy to any space.

Creating and Displaying the “YUM” Sign

Now, take the letters spelling “YUM” and paint them in a color of your choice. I chose a sweet melon color and added tiny sprinkles to match the rest of the set. Next, assemble the small stand included in your set. Glue the base, back, and front pieces together to form a little stand. Once dry, place your letters on the stand.

Treat Yourself Sign

For the final touch, let’s complete the “Treat Yourself” sign. Paint the sign in a fun pattern. I went with a Neapolitan theme, painting stripes of strawberry (pink), vanilla (light mocha), and chocolate (fawn). Carefully glue the sign pieces together and let them dry.

Final Assembly and Display

With all your pieces finished, it’s time to assemble everything into your perfect ice cream setup:
– Place the “Treat Yourself” sign in your favorite spot.
– Arrange the “YUM” sign close by for added sweetness.
– Drape the beaded garland with the tassel across a shelf, mantle, or around a large vase for a pop of ice cream colors.
– Use a gumball machine to hold the small ice cream pieces, making them look like a delightful ice cream mix.

And there you have it! Your Ice Cream Wood DIY Set with a fabulous beaded garland is complete. This craft is not only fun to make but also adds a cheerful and playful vibe to your summer decor. I hope you had as much fun creating this set as I did. Don’t forget to share your creations with me – I’d love to see how you personalize your ice cream set.

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Stay creative,
Leigh from The Turquoise Valentine

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