Paint Your Own
Ice Cream Bowl

It's so nice to make homemade gifts, especially an ice cream bowl. Who wouldn't want their own? You don't have to spend a lot of money on expensive store bought ice cream gifts.

All it takes is some imagination, a little money for supplies, and time. Besides, these are the kinds of presents that will be most remembered.
To Make an Ice Cream Bowl, You Will Need:

A plain white ceramic bowl that is oven safe. (I found Gibson Brand bowls at the Dollar Tree that are oven safe, microwave safe, and dishwasher safe. They had a white glaze on them.)

Porcelaine paints (these are special non-toxic paints that you bake on after letting dry 24 hrs. Then they will be dishwasher resistant. I found mine at Michael's Crafts. Kind of pricy, but if you paint several bowls, you'll get your money's worth.)

Porcelaine paint pens (for writing and outlining, optional)

brushes, cotton swabs, toothpicks, etc for painting with

rubbing alcohol

Directions:

1. Clean ceramic ice cream bowl with soap and water. Dry, then clean with rubbing alcohol.

2. Draw a design on the bowl with a pencil, or just paint freehand. The paints can be mixed together on a palette and can be thinned out with Porcelaine 150 thinner. If you mess up, just wash off with water and start over.

3. Let paint air dry for 24 hrs. before baking.

4. When the paint is dry, bake according to the directions on the Porcelaine paints. (about 35 min. at 300 degrees F)

5. Now your ice cream bowl is ready and can be washed in the dishwasher after each use. (Note that it is dishwasher resistant. I would only put it on the top rack.)


~How about making one for Santa? Why does he always have to have cookies at every house he goes to? (Just don't leave the ice cream in the bowl for him. Leave him a note in the bowl telling him to help himself to some ice cream in the freezer.)




To make these ice cream gifts extra special...

You could make at least 2 and include them in a themed gift basket. Like this one:



More ice cream novelties to make:

Ice Cream Toppings Jar

Hot Cocoa Cones




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