painted ice cream letter

DIY Painted Ice Cream Letters

Ice cream letters make adorable baby shower letter decor or photo props for an ice cream party. Make these DIY handpainted party letters in an afternoon!

finished ice cream letter

Painted ice cream letters are a cute and easy DIY for your next ice cream themed party or photo shoot! They are simple to customize and make the sweetest decorations for a baby shower or birthday party! Keep reading for a full tutorial on how to make your own decorative ice cream letters.

Remember the ice cream themed baby shower I threw for my sister-in-law back in April? Well, I’ve got a fun tutorial to share today for one of the DIY decorations I made! Click here to see more from our Here’s the Scoop Baby Shower.

When I was brainstorming decorations for my sister-in-law’s ice cream baby shower, I knew I wanted to incorporate her daughter’s name somehow. I came across some ideas for painted numbers, and thought this idea would be so cute to translate into painted ice cream letters. I enjoy painting small crafts and decor projects, and these were easily made in an afternoon!

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How to Paint Ice Cream Letters

Materials Needed:


1.) Use a pencil to lightly sketch the ice cream drips about ⅓ to ½ of the way down the paper mache letter.

paint bottom of ice cream letter

2.) Paint the bottom half and each side of the letter in the color Terra Cotta and allow to dry fully. (I think I mixed the Terra Cotta with white to lighten it up slightly and make it more true to the color of a sugar cone.) You might need two coats of paint for full coverage.

paint cone lines on ice cream letter

3.) Using a small paintbrush (mine is a size 6), paint on waffle lines in the color Dark Chocolate.

paint top of ice cream letter

4.) Select a color for the ice cream portion of the letter. Paint the top section and allow to dry. You may need two coats. I used the color Royal Fuschia on this letter.

add sprinkles to painted ice cream letter

5.) When the paint is fully dry, add “sprinkles” by painting small dashes along the ice cream portion of the letter. I used a variety of colors to match other decorations I was making for the party.

painting on sprinkles

painted ice cream letter

And here are the finished letters, spelling out my niece’s name. I wanted each letter to be a different “flavor” of ice cream.

ice cream letters spell baby's name

For the baby shower, I displayed my ice cream letters front-and-center on our mantel with the DIY balloon garland I made. Click here to learn how to make a balloon garland. They looked absolutely darling together and were perfect for this ice cream themed baby shower!

ice cream baby shower balloon garland


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