Want to take your pumpkin decorations a step beyond your typical carving? Take a look at this easy Ice Cream Cone Pumpkin tutorial. Not only is it an adorable idea for an October birthday celebration but it’s also a fun October craft for kids and adults alike.
I mean who wouldn’t love an October birthday? The weather is kind, the days are quite routine and there are plenty of activities to fill the days and weekends. If you are looking for ideas for an October birthday party or looking for a fun no-carve pumpkin idea, take a look at this blog post. We have some fun ideas for a fall birthday theme or a very easy pumpkin that people would pay big bucks to have sit on their front Halloween porch.
What are some October Birthday Ideas?
So there is a one and twelve chance you or someone you knows has an October birthday. I’m not very good at statistics but I know this to be true. If you are celebrating a birthday girl or birthday guy, take a look at these creative ideas for a month of October birthday.
- Make caramel apples
- Go apple bopping
- Visit a pumpkin patch
- Attend a fall festival
- Decorate a scarecrow into a birthday guy or gal
- Play fall themed party games
- Make pumpkin cupcakes
- Take a weekend road trip to see fall foliage
- Have a Halloween movie marathon
- Do a fall family bucket list
- Have a costume party
- Host a Halloween themed birthday party
- Craft a pumpkin into an ice cream cone!
We got so inspired by our post un-carved Creative Pumpkin Decorations, that we took the challenge as well. While these pumpkins were pretty amazing, we think that we have the most exciting pumpkin yet!
Ice Cream Cone No Carve Pumpkin
My third child’s (Eli) birthday is in October and I am always thinking of what I can do to incorporate his birthday and Halloween (without it being too scary!) I first made these cute Halloween Spirit Drink Labels, to share with you, plus I put together some yummy Halloween Kids Food Crafts.
I wanted to take our next birthday party idea a step further with our front door. The front porch has all the Boo-tiful Halloween decor, but it lacked something special for celebrating Eli’s birthday – thus the evolution of the Ice Cream Cone Pumpkin. Drop the knife, this is a no-carve easy pumpkin craft.
What better excuse for a cute pink pumpkin that an October birthday. Let’s begin.
These craft supplies needed for DIY ice cream cone pumpkins are quite simple Most you can find at your local craft store. We created a pink no-carve ice cream cone gourd but you could also use brown and/or white paint to create an entire Neapolitan fleet of pumpkins.
This could include really cute mini ice cream cones too. Make your own mixture with a pink pumpkin, white pumpkin and brown chocolate pumpkin ice cream cone! How adorable would that be?
Gather the following supplies for an ice cream cone pumpkin:
- Medium pumpkin
- Large terra cotta pot (12 to 14 inches)
- Pink spray paint or craft paint
- Clear spray paint
- Tan craft paint
- Tan pipe cleaners
- Multi colored pipe cleaners
- Large red pom-pom ball(s)
- Foam paint brush
- Spray foam insulation
- Hot glue gun/hot glue
There are a few supplies needed for this project. I would say the most unique supply is the spray foam insulation. It was not something I had on hand. Keep this project in a well ventilated area. You have craft paint as well as the foam. Adult supervision is suggested for this project!
One thing to take in to consideration for this project is it takes time. You will need time for the pot to dry, the ice cream base, and the pink paint to dry. So about three different times where your project needs to “sit” before you move on to the next step.
Let’s take a look at these easy pumpkin directions.
How to Make An Ice Cream Cone Pumpkin
This October craft tutorial includes really easy directions. It will take a few days to complete as you will need to let different steps in the process dry before moving on.
First, protect your area by laying out a piece of newspaper or scrap paper in a well ventilated place. You will want to paint your terracotta pot tan and let it dry.
Once your pot is dry, you will place your medium pumpkin upside down into your large clay pot.
If you are doing this with the kids, this particular part is for ADULTS! Please read directions/precautions on your Spray foam insulation can. Put your gloves on and carefully spray a small amount of spray foam insulation around the bottom of pumpkin/top of the pot. Keep in mind that the foam will grow twice the size while it dries. You can always add more after it dries.
Let it dry until you are ready to move on to the next step.
In a well ventilated area, carefully wrap (or protect) the pot and spray or brush two coats of pink paint onto the pumpkin and dried foam. Let your pink paint dry.
The next step is for your cute ice cream cherry. Glue a red pom pom ball to the top center of the pumpkin and add a two ince bent green pipe cleaner in the center of the red pom-pom ball for the cherry and stem.
Cut your colorful pipe cleaners into 1/2” pieces and carefully hot glue them to the top and top sides of the pumpkin to look like sprinkles.
Measure and cut your tan pipe cleaners to be the same length as the bottom of the terracotta pot and glue vertically around the pot leaving approximately a 3” space in between.
Next, glue tan pipe cleaners horizontally around the pot leaving a 2-3” space in between to look like an ice cream cone.
To protect your pumpkin, bring your pumpkin outside and spray with a clear coat of spray paint and let dry.
More October Party Ideas
Hosting an ice cream party? Make sure you download and use these fun Ice Cream Party printables! These include ice cream party décor and ice cream party games for kids! At your October party, serve some tasty creamy pumpkin ice cream! Pin to Pinterest.
October birthdays are a great excuse for a Halloween party. For a Halloween themed birthday party – why not twist it up with a little bit of ice cream? You can also use these Halloween Party games for a little bit of fun and activity. Or if you love a good 60 second challenge, try these Halloween Minute to Win it games that your guests will love. When your games are all done, how about prizes for the winner? Your ice cream cone pumpkin could be that golden trophy! Pin to Pinterest.
Also enjoy these cute ideas for your front porch and front door – Halloween Porch Décor. These October porch ideas will add the most adorable welcome to your party guests when they arrive at the party. Pin to Pinterest on your Home and Halloween Boards.
If you loved this October Party Pumpkin, share to Pinterest. Tell us how your ice cream pumpkin turned out and how you celebrated a speical October birthday.
Enjoy your pumpkin party decoration and have a very happy birthday! We hope you get some great gifts.
Update: This post has been updated in 2022. It was originally published on October 11, 2018.
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