Ice Cream Sundae

Concoct a real-looking ice cream sundae using salt dough and a paper cup.
Ice Cream Sundae craft


  • Self-hardening clay or salt dough
  • Paper cup
  • Poster paint or acrylic paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Palette
  • Beads
  • Crayon shavings
  • Colored glue (brown or pink)
  • Shaving foam
  • Red pom-pom or bead
  • Newspaper or any paper

Safety Tips

  • This project is not edible.
  • Small craft materials like beads are choking hazards. These are not suitable for children below the age of three.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help.. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.


Step 1 Ice Cream Sundae 1. Paint the paper cup with brown poster paint. If your paper cup has a glossy surface, use acrylic paint.
Step 2 Ice Cream Sundae 2. Paint crisscrossing lines like a waffle-weave pattern all around the cup.
Step 3 Ice Cream Sundae 3. Tear up some newspapers (or any paper) into strips and crumple them up. Fill the ice cream cone ¾ of the way with these crumpled strips of paper.
Step 4 Ice Cream Sundae Ask for an adult's help.4. Decide on what flavors you want your ice cream to be. Make two colors of salt dough, appropriately matching the flavors you like (e.g. pink dough for strawberry, green for mint, yellow for mango, brown for chocolate, etc). You may also use self-hardening clay instead of salt dough.
Step 5 Ice Cream Sundae 5. Roll the dough into balls. Place the first dough ball into the ice cream cone to make your first scoop.
Step 6 Ice Cream Sundae 6. Place the second dough ball on top of the first.
Step 7 Ice Cream Sundae 7. Dispense some shaving foam on top to make whipped cream.
Step 8 Ice Cream Sundae 8. Decorate with small beads to mimic candy sprinkles.
Step 9 Ice Cream Sundae 9. Sharpen brown or pink crayon and use the shavings to create chocolate or strawberry flakes.
Step 10 Ice Cream Sundae 10. Make some fake chocolate or strawberry syrup by mixing up some brown or pink poster paint with white glue. Dispense in a squeeze bottle and squeeze some syrup around your ice cream sundae.
Step 11 Ice Cream Sundae 11. Add a cherry topping using a red pompom, a large red bead or red-colored dough. Remember, this project is only pretend ice cream and is not edible!