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This Tuesday I took part as a guest on Red Ted Art’s Google + Hangout. This week the theme was to make something crafty out of egg cartons. Tristan and I made these egg carton and felt ice cream cones. When I was quite youngish, family friend used to give us a gift each year at Christmas. and each year it was something she had crafted herself. Most of these crafts were also usually recycled form something else. This is one of her crafts.
The items you will need to make this ice cream cone craft are:
- a cardboard egg carton
- paint and paintbrush
- cotton batting or newspaper crumpled into a ball
- a small piece of fabric or felt
- thread and a needle or an elastic band/twist tie
How to make your ice cream cone craft:
Gently tear out one (or more) of the central dividers from a cardboard egg carton and cut the end of it so that it is even.
Paint the outside and inner rim of your ‘cone’. Tristan chose gold for his.
After the cone has dried, cut a piece of fabric or felt in a circle or a square, roughly 10cm x 10cm.
If you are using a needle and thread, make some large stitches around the fabric now, about 1.5cm from the outer edges. Leave this loose and be mindful of the needle that may still be attached.
Put some stuffing or some crumpled paper into the centre of the fabric. Cinch up the stitching around the square and tie a knot in the thread to leave a little package. If you are using an elastic band or a twist tie, gather up the edges of the fabric and hold them together in a bunch.
Put a little glue just below the inside rim of the cone and place your ‘ice cream’ in, with the gathered end of the fabric down into the cone.
Let the glue dry and you have an ice cream cone for your felt food play time!
Another option is to add a loop of thread through the top of the cone and turn it into a cute Christmas tree ornament (which is the original gift I had received).
You can let your imagination run wild with the various flavours of ice cream you could make. Use green and draw some brown spots on the fabric and you will have mint chocolate chip. Or you could add sprinkles, etc.
What’s your favourite flavour?
If you are looking for more egg carton crafts, why not try an iceberg with greeting card passengers.
There are also lots of excellent egg carton craft ideas from the other Red Ted Art Google+ Hangout:
Hens/Egg Cups by Red Ted Art
Bird Mask by Zing Zing Tree – these are fabulous and the options are endless.
Little Speckled Frogs by Rainy Day Mom goes well with the nursery song.
Cress Sprouting Caterpillar by Thinly Spread can be used for a little science lesson.
Daffodils by Me and My Shadow would be a fabulous Mother’s Day gift.
Pom pom vases by Domestic Goddesque is a cute Easter craft.
Paint Pallettes by Here Come The Girls is something we’ve done as well.
Blossom Fairy Lights by Red Ted Art is a little something for the book corner, or for some parental quiet time.