These ice cream painted rocks make a super fun and easy art activity for kids! Kids will have fun painting and creating their adorable ice cream characters using only a few simple supplies.
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Create your own ice cream painted rocks
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Instructions to make your ice cream rocks
1. First, you want to get your rocks ready. If you have collected the rocks yourself, make sure to wash them and let them dry.
To make the rocks resemble ice cream cones, you want to find the right shape. Look for rocks that are longer rather than an oval shape. It’s always fun to go rock hunting with kids!
2. Use a pencil to mark the cone line on your rock before you start painting.
Get your acrylic paint ready. You will need a light brown for the cone color and a color for the ice cream. Kids can choose their favorite ice cream flavor for this part.
You want your ice cream color to be more on the pastel side, this will help the sprinkles and face stand out more.
Paint the bottom of the rock a light brown color for the ice cream cone. You may have to paint more than one coat depending on the type of acrylic paint you are using.
Make sure to let your paint dry in between coats.
Once your ice cream cone color has dried, paint the top of your rock with your ice cream color. Again, you may have to paint more than one coat.
To make the ice cream look like it’s been scooped into the cone, paint more of a wavy line at the bottom. Using a pencil to draw in the wavy line first will make this easier for kids.
3. Use a brown paint pen and draw on the ice cream cone lines. Remind kids to go slowly with this step. Let the paint dry.
4. After the cone part has dried, it’s time to draw on the sprinkles. Using paint pens for this step makes it really easy for kids.
Draw on your sprinkles and let them dry. Then draw on a second coat to really make them pop.
For an optional step, you can take a paint pen and draw a line where the ice cream and cone meet to give it more definition like in the example above.
5. Now it’s time to draw an adorable face on your ice cream! Have kids use a pencil first to draw the face on and then trace over it with a black paint pen.
6. Kids can also choose to paint in a chocolate drizzle on the cone, like in the vanilla example above. Have them draw it out with a pencil first and then paint it in with dark brown paint and a small brush.
These ice cream painted rocks are so fun and easy, kids will want to make more than one!
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- If you have collected your rocks, make sure to wash them and let them dry. You want to find rocks that are longer in shape to resemble an ice cream cone.
- Use a pencil and draw a line across to make the cone line. Paint the bottom half of your rock with light brown acrylic paint. You may need to paint two coats.
Let the paint dry.
- Paint the top half of your rock with the ice cream color. You want your paint to be light enough for the sprinkles and face to really stand out. Pastel colors work well for this.
To make the ice cream look more like it's been scooped into the cone, paint wavy lines at the bottom like in the examples above.
Again, you may need to paint two coats of the ice cream color. Let the paint dry completely.
- Use a darker brown paint pen and draw in the cone lines. Paint pens can be smudgy, so make sure to let the brown dry before moving on.
- You can take a paint pen and outline the bottom of the ice cream for more definition.
- Use your paint pens and draw in the sprinkles. Then draw on a second coat to really make them pop.
- Have kids use a pencil first to draw on the face and then trace over the face with a black paint pen.
- For an optional last step, kids can choose to paint in a chocolate drizzle on the cone. Use a pencil first to draw this on and then carefully paint it in with a dark brown color.