Ice Cream Wreath

Nick Kreticos
by Nick Kreticos
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I made the perfect wreath for summer and it’s not your typical wreath. Grab some flowers and a styrofoam cone for this project.

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To start, you are going to need one of these cones. These are styrofoam cones that I picked up from Michaels. This is going to be our waffle cone. 


To get that waffle cone effect, you’re going to use some burlap. You’re not going to need an entire yard. 


You will want to double it up if your burlap is a loose weave burlap so you do see through it. 


Another option that I just wanted to make you aware of is you could actually spray paint the cone a beige color that would work as well. Just make sure it's spray paint that you can use on styrofoam so it doesn't eat the styrofoam up. 


Start the cone by cutting the burlap yard in half. For an 18-inch cone, you only really need about half a yard or so. Make sure you have sharp scissors to reduce the fraying. 


Next, you want to take the cone, place it at an angle on the end, and start wrapping it.


When you get to the end, use a few floral pins to secure it. I placed mine at an angle and pushed them almost all the way down. I used three, and that is going to keep it secured. If you wanted to come back in with some hot glue to secure it even more, you absolutely can. I think it's going to be fun to switch this up for different seasons and holidays though so by not making it permanent, I can switch this up and design something for fall, Halloween or Christmas. 


Once the cone is covered, you want to add some pipe cleaners to give it a waffle cone effect. Grab some beige ones and just poke the pipe cleaner into the back. Again, if you wanted to add some hot glue at this point in time, you absolutely can. 


Pull the pipe cleaner up towards the top and poke it in. 


Do this every few inches or so to create that waffle cone effect and for the bottom, just snip a pipe cleaner in half to make it fit.


Then go back and go in the opposite direction. 


Up next, it’s time to add the ice cream flowers. Start with some peonies. 

Snip off the flower heads. You won’t need the foliage so you can save it for another project. 


To be able to add the flowers to the cone, you will need to add a piece of foam to the top of the cone. I cut a small piece off of a brick of dry foam with a serrated knife.


Add a generous amount of hot glue.


Stick it to the top of the cone. Now you will have a nice base of foam to attach your florals too. 


To create the ice cream part of the wreath, you want to start with a layer of hot

fuchsia peonies. Cut the stem short and work them right in the foam. I didn’t use hot glue because I want to be able to change them up but if you want them to be permanent you can use some hot glue on the stems. 


Use the peonies to create a nice little ring rather close to the burlap. You don't want to be able to differentiate the cone from the flowers or to see that gap. 


Next, add a layer of green hydrangeas. Cut the stems short, leaving only about two and a half, three inches or so, and just poke that in right on top of the fuchsia peonies. 


This will be the second layer of ice cream and you want it to be a little smaller than the first one. 


For the final layer, use some smaller white peonies. Cut the stems about two or three inches past the bloom to have a long enough stem to poke into the foam. Don’t use any foliage so that your blooms really have the appearance of ice cream. 


As a finishing touch, you want to add a cherry on top. For the cherry, you can use a small geranium. Chose the smallest bloom off of the bush because you don’t want

to have a massive cherry on top. 


Make sure to leave a long stem so that you can poke it down into the foam. 


To make a hanger, take a pipe cleaner and twist the end securely. You want to make sure you twist at least an inch and also twist it really tightly together. 


Once you twist it completely tight, take a little bit of hot glue and poke it right into the foam. 


I absolutely love the way it turned out with those three layers of ice cream. I think the cone was the perfect effect for a waffle cone, especially with those beige pipe cleaners kind of crisscrossing on the bottom. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

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