Mini Ice Cream Charms

DIY Ice Cream Backpack Flair

When I stumbled upon these colored make up sponges, I knew they’d be the PERFECT mini ice cream cones. I love how they come in so many different round blobby shapes and in the best sorbet shades for summer. Collecting enamel pins and flair has become such a big trend lately, so why not make your own ice cream backpack charms too

DIY Ice Cream Backpack Flair

I bought all these foam sponges from Forever 21, but there are tons available online as well. These might be my new favorite craft supply – look out for another DIY project soon using different shaped foam sponges. The possibilities for these guys are endless

DIY Ice Cream Backpack Flair

What You Need

DIY Ice Cream Backpack Flair
  • Colored card stock
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint
  • Colored foam make-up sponges
  • Safety pins
  • Embroidery needle
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Pom poms


DIY Ice Cream Backpack Flair
  1. On a piece of cardstock, draw a wedge (almost half of a circle) that can be rolled into a cone. Make sure that your foam sponge can fit into the cone template you’ve drawn. Include a scalloped edge as shown if you like, and trace the template onto more card stock.
  2. Paint a crosshatch pattern onto the wedge to imitate an ice cream cone. I also did some in polka dots. Let dry and cut out.
  3. Slide the bone folder along the paper while pulling it to gently curve the cone. Then roll into a cone shape and hot glue in place. If your foam sponges vary in size, it is a good idea to glue the cone the exact size to fit the foam you’ve matched to it.
  4. Put a couple dabs of hot glue into the inside of the cone and place the foam inside to attach.
  5. Put the embroidery thread into the needle and pierce the foam as shown. Pull the needle all the way through and leave the thread loose for now.
  6. Repeat for all your ice cream cones!
  7. Hot glue mini pom poms on the ice cream for decoration. Tie the embroidery thread onto the zipper pulls of your backpack, or just tie into a simple loop and attach onto the backpack with a safety pin.
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Happy crafting!