As I’ve mentioned in other posts, I try to encourage my kids to make their own Valentine’s Day cards.  That includes making a special Valentine for the teacher.  This year we’ll be making fun faux ice cream cones that are treat holders!  I used vivid colors from Apple Barrel Craft Paint to make this simple project.

If you’ve ever crafted with kids (or if you’re an impatient adult like me!), you know that any project where you are making multiples needs to be quick to do or your helpers will lose interest.  You also need something easy to clean up since you the helpers can be messy.  What I loved about using Apple Barrel Craft Paints is that I achieved an even application, often with just one coat of color, and it dried quickly, so there was minimal wait time.  As an added bonus, the paint is easy to clean up!  (This was great when I messed up some of my paint lines…quick clean up with a baby wipe and then do over!)

My kids are so excited to give these to their teachers!  They love to have something unique and hand crafted to give, and the fact that the ice cream cone is in fact filled with wrapped chocolate bars is an added bonus.  Are you ready to make some yourself?  Here’s how to make your own ice cream cone Valentine treat holder:

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I love the vibrant color selection that Plaid sent me to work with, so I used as many colors as possible.  If you want to replicate my project, the colors I used are: Cameo Pink, Fuchsia, Melted Chocolate, Bright Red, Purple Pansy, Lilac Dust, Aquamarine, Canary Yellow, and Neon Pink.
Step one:  Paint the inside of the plastic ornament.  Set aside to dry.

Step two:  Paint the pot.  To make the lines on the “cone”, I dipped a piece of twine in paint and pressed it onto the pot.

Step three:  Paint the doll head red.
Step four:  Add “sprinkles” to the ornament by dipping the end of a paintbrush in paint and dotting it onto the “ice cream”.
Step five:  Glue the red “cherry” onto the top of the ornament where the “sprinkles” are.
To assemble this Valentine, fill the ornament with pre-wrapped candy, and set it in the “cone”.  You could glue the bottom half of the ornament inside the pot for added stability; I just pressed mine in firmly and it stayed put.

I was going to make my own tags, but I found the perfect free printable here.  I printed them out, trimmed them, and tied them on to what would have been the top of the ornament (but now it’s on the side).  What teacher or classmate wouldn’t want to receive a special Valentine like this?

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, but all ideas and opinions are honestly my own! 

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