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DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume

This DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume tutorial was sponsored by Plaid Crafts.
All opinions expressed are ours alone. 

I have never been a real fan of Halloween, but I admit that having kids has made it a little more enjoyable for me! I mean, how could you not like dressing up kids in adorable and snuggly little costumes so they can then go to work improving your candy stash?! I figure, the cuter the costume, the more candy they’ll come home with for me, and that is how this DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume was born. It doesn’t get cuter than this, and Fabric Creations Plush and Soft Fabric Ink made it so easy to make. Keep scrolling to see the full tutorial!

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

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Supplies for your DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume:

White sweatshirt
Tan leggings
Fabric Creations Plush
Iron/Heat Tool
Fabric Creations Soft Fabric Ink
Headband
Red yarn
Green pipe cleaner

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Step 1: Apply Fabric Creations Plush to the sweatshirt. Plush from Fabric Creations creates raised, flock-like effects on fabric—adding dimension to fabric, decor, and more. It’s machine-washable after curing and heat-setting, water-based, and non-toxic. I used a stencil to keep the “sprinkles” consistent, but it could also be done freehand if you like more irregular shapes. Use a good thick layer so the plush effect is really noticeable when you heat it later on.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Step 2: Let the sweatshirt dry overnight.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Step 3: Carefully apply heat to the plush paint. I used a heat tool (like one you’d use for embossing), but you can also use an iron. If you use a heat tool, hold it a good distance from the sweatshirt so you don’t burn it. It can take a little time for it to expand, but it will happen! If you use an iron, follow the instructions on the Fabric Creations Plush bottle.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

This part is the funnest. I love watching the magic happen here, and LOOK at that awesome dimension! Perfect for the top of an ice cream cone costume.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Now it’s time to make some waffle cone leggings.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Step 4: Use some masking tape to create the first part of the waffle grid. Then, apply Fabric Creations Ink. Fabric Creations is a super soft fabric ink that is the perfect formulation for stamping, stenciling and brushing on fabric. It’s machine washable, water-based, and non-toxic. I mixed the brown and white together to get a slightly lighter brown color. Let dry to the touch (you don’t have to wait too long, so your ink mixture doesn’t dry up).

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Step 5: Use tape to create the second part of the waffle grid, and apply the ink. Let dry.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Step 6: And what is a good ice cream treat without a cherry on top? Make a pom-pom using red yarn, stick a green pipe cleaner in it for the stem, and attach it to a headband.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Costume complete! And have you ever seen anything sooooo cute?!

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

My baby looked even sweeter than ice cream in this darling DIY costume!

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

DIY Ice Cream Cone Costume for a toddler featured by top US craft blog, The Pretty Life Girls.

Happy crafting and trick or treating!
xo, Sam

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  • AmySeptember 26, 2018 - 9:25 am

    Too flipping adorable!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • RachelOctober 15, 2019 - 11:37 am

    How did you make that cute cherry with the yarn? any tips?!ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsOctober 15, 2019 - 12:56 pm

      Hi Rachel! I just made a yarn pom-pom (there are tons of tutorials on Pinterest if you aren’t sure how to do that), stuck a green pipe cleaner in the middle, and hot glued it all to a headband. I hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • KellieOctober 29, 2019 - 4:50 pm

    Did you do the back of the shirt and pants?ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsOctober 29, 2019 - 5:53 pm

      I did, but it’s definitely not required!ReplyCancel

  • Morgan RileyMarch 23, 2020 - 7:11 pm

    anyway to buy this cute ice cream outfit?! I am not creative/don’t have the time and would rather buy it!ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsOctober 26, 2020 - 1:22 pm

      Sorry we are just seeing this! It’s probably too late for this year!ReplyCancel

  • HollyOctober 26, 2020 - 1:04 pm

    Where did you get the stencil for the sprinkles?ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsOctober 26, 2020 - 1:21 pm

      I can’t remember, but you could just cut a little rectangle out of cardstock!ReplyCancel

  • MadelinAugust 29, 2021 - 12:35 pm

    I love this costume! So clever and darling! I wanted to double check that on whether or not you did the back sides of the sweatshirt and pants as you painted them? I’m thinking it’s an obvious yes, but I just want to be sure!ReplyCancel

    • prettylifegirlsAugust 30, 2021 - 10:09 am

      Yes! Front and back!ReplyCancel