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Creating In Our Outdoor Art Studio

On First Friday, we celebrated our fourth year making and creating at the annual Family Block Party in downtown Carbondale, Colorado!  This year we were inspired to paint and embellish ice cream cones, as we’re heading into an ice cream theme for our upcoming workshop: BEEP BEEP! SWEET TREATS!  This workshop will be focusing on retro ice cream truck sculptures, sweet treats, and more!  There are just a few spaces if you’d like to join in!  Here’s a peek at our upcoming summer + school year {hands on + mixed media} art workshops for Modish Mini Makers!  My magical + mama + maker-friend, Bar over at Art Bar Blog, created an amazing DIY~ Cardboard Ice Cream Cones, which inspired our paper ice creams for this downtown event!  Can you believe in just four hours, young artists created over 115 of these lovely ice cream cones as take-home treasures!  The evening was like running our own ice cream parlor as it buzzed with sweetness!  Join us over on our Instagram for more daily inspiration!

As the ice cream cones were drying, each unique piece created such a colorful + eye-catching + delicious backdrop!

You can take a peek below at our stations and setup within our outdoor art studio, but head on over to Art Bar Blog for the supplies and process on making your own Cardboard Ice Cream Cone, it’s truly a happy place!  The possibilities are endless!  Art Bar is a must-follow + favorite + colorful-creative on Instagram, stop by her collection and say H-E-L-L-O!  You’ll find so much clever-colorful-crafty-creativeness!

Within our tent, we set up three different scrumptious stations:

  • Yummy flavors painting two scoops
  • Pinch of glittery sugar sprinkles
  • Tasteful topping embellishments + a cherry-on-top + corrugated cardboard waffle cone

Favorite ice cream paint flavors:

  • Pink- Bubblegum
  • Orange- Orange sherbet
  • Yellow- Lemony sorbet
  • Mint- Mint chocolate chip
  • Turquoise- Tasty twist
  • Blue- Blueberry
  • White- Whip cream
  • Tan- Waffle cone

A little maker mesmerized by the motion!

This tiny tot favored our flavor lemony sorbet!

The face painting throughout the evening was just so stunning!  Look at this beautiful butterfly!

A pinch of glittery sugar sprinkles to spice up an ice cream cone!

Loved these colorful ice cream scoops we found to add festivity to our ice cream parlor!

Tasteful toppings to embellishment, mixed with a cherry-on-top, and overlapped with corrugated cardboard to make a real waffle cone!

Love how sugary sprinkles dazzled this mini-maker and her ice cream cone!

You may notice rocks in the mix and wonder about this little lovely addition!  When our outdoor studio was just getting underway, a huge gust of wind nearly took everything down, of course with the added showering storm.  The children quickly started collecting rocks to hold everything in place, it worked magically.  A BIG THANK YOU to all those little helpful hands!  When creating an outdoor art studio, you’re always up against nature’s elements, but somehow the sun always seems to shine!

Enormous chocolate chip cookies always go hand-in-hand with ice cream!  Maybe you’ve tried the famous chocolate chipper?  Who wouldn’t agree!?!

Have you ever seen cleanup look so elegant as this little miracle maker?

Thank you to all the volunteers that came out to donate their time, all the families that came to support this local event and all the mini makers that joined us in our outdoor art studio!  Life is good when you’re all hands on!  Until next Family Block Party, keep calm and keep creating!

6 Responses to “Creating In Our Outdoor Art Studio”

  1. Bar — May 12, 2016 @ 11:54 am Reply

    this is so fantastic, I can’t even get over it!! the photo of all of the cones hanging up just makes my heart sing. what an incredible gift you are to your community, Ami. and I feel so inspired by your take on the cones!! i want to make them all over again! thanks for linking to me 🙂 you did an amazing job! that’s why you’re amazing Ami 🙂 xo Bar


      HANDMAKERY — May 12, 2016 @ 5:59 pm Reply

      Thank you for taking a peek at this post, Bar! Thank YOU for your inspiration on this one! I had spent most of the time inside the tent and when I popped out to visit the outside world, seeing all those colorful cones drying just added so much flair to the festivity! It made quite a photo backdrop. Throughout the evening children would come pick up their cones to take them home! Wish I would have taken an initial “topping table” photo…there were SO many choices, metallic starts, pearl shimmer, pom poms, gummies (yarn), sticker dots, real colored sprinkles (the only thing I would not use again due to the temptation to eat), loved using your paper sprinkles, we added corrugated waffle cone and a giant punched cherry. Picked up the ice cream scoops for a $1 each, thought they added to the feel of an ice cream shop! The children loved the sugar sprinkle station (glitter galore)! If I could have shot one additional photo, it would have been the ground…nothing better than making these outside where all of this could be easily swept up! This was one of the first times I’ve linked an art blogger + their project, was a little nervous a first, but it was much fun! Thanks for the love + support + cheering me on Bar! xo

  2. Marina — May 12, 2016 @ 3:13 pm Reply

    Ami! This is super fantastic! I love all the little bits and pieces the kids added 🙂


      HANDMAKERY — May 12, 2016 @ 6:05 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for taking a peek Marina! This was the first time that I linking something we did to an art blogger, somehow it felt like an exciting collaboration! Wish we could all do more collaboration, it makes you feel more connected in this BIG art world! Art Bar’s Cardboard Ice Cream Cone project worked fantastic setup in stations for a large downtown event. That evening I went home with just five cones templates left out of the 120! Thankful there were just enough! The sugar sprinkles + toppings were a big hit, children sure love those little bits and pieces!!! The biggest challenge was when the wind and rain came at the start of the night, but we managed and beautiful weather prevailed as the night went on! xo

  3. Jeanine — June 26, 2016 @ 11:08 pm Reply

    HolyRabies! These Pom-Poms look Just like Mini Marshmellows! Are you kidding me? Those paint colors… Thank you so much for sharing! We have recently moved and I am beginning the build of our own seasonal outdoor art area. I take pieces of information & inspiration from your projects (as well as all the lovelies that stopped by this post). So so many thanks


      HANDMAKERY — September 11, 2016 @ 2:01 pm Reply

      Thank you Jeanie! Sorry it’s taken so long to get in touch! Summer sold my heart! So happy you loved our ~ Creating In Our Outdoor Art Studio! It was so wonderful creating Collaged Ice Cream Cones with 100 little artists downtown! Having an outdoor studio is one of my most favorite events but there’s a lot in bringing it all together, so I’m thankful to have a permanent studio! Congrats on your move, so happy to hear that you’re working on an outdoor art area! Love that you find inspiration from our blog! Do share what you’re crafting + creating and tag on Instagram @handmakery! Would love to take a peek and connect! xo

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