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Summers fall into routines. Mornings for summer camp, afternoons for a lunch and a few chores, evenings the beach or some pool time, the weekends for road trips and the kids’ personal favorite, Sundae Sundays. Now, I’m not a really huge proponent of giving kids lots of sweets all the time (much to their delight). Having one day a week where they can go crazy and have an awesome self-constructed creation doused in a healthy dose of Hershey’s Syrup makes Sundae Sunday a treat the family really looks forward to.
Any kid will tell you that a surefire way to take something that is already awesome–like Sundae Sundays–and make it more spectacular is to make it personalized. It stands to reason that #SundaeSundays this summer will be even better with a few DIY Painted Ice Cream Bowls customized with the names of everyone in our family.
This is such an easy project to do, the kids can jump in and do their own bowls if you supervise! For more ideas on how to make Sundays special, visit CelebrateWithHersheys.com for other craft and recipe ideas.
DIY Personalized Ice Cream Bowls
Step 1. Clean your bowl thoroughly. Soak a cotton ball in a little bit of rubbing alcohol and go to town getting it spic and span so the paint will stick permanently to the glass.
Step 2. Paint! Place a dime sized portion of paint on your palette in the colors you plan to use–this project doesn’t take much!
Dip the tip of the eraser in the paint. You don’t want a huge glob on the end, but enough to make some marks on your bowl.
With the bowl upside down on the table, start at the base of the bowl and work your way down to the rim making dots with the eraser tip. You’ll notice the dots are big at the top but get smaller as you go down. Paint your dots in your first color all the way around the bowl this same way.
Don’t fill in every available space, as you’re going to want a second shade of paint on there in just a minute. Go back in with a second color and the eraser and fill in the blaringly blank spots using the same eraser technique.
Curing Glass Paint
According to the glass painting powers that be, there are two right ways to finish the paint so it’s dishwasher safe and ready to use. The first is to let your piece sit and cure for 21 days before washing. Yeah right. I don’t know anyone with that kind of patience!
Good thing there is an alternative. The speed curing method: let your bowl air-dry for an hour. Place the bowl in the oven while it’s still cool and turn the heat up to 350 degrees and set the timer for 30 minutes. The glass has to heat up gradually. After the time is up, turn off the oven and let it cool.
They say to wait 72 hours until using after the speed-curing process. Which is much shorter than 21 days. You should probably do this project on a Wednesday so you’re all set for Sundae Sunday.
When your bowls are all cured, to finish up, just put one of your chalkboard labels on the front of the bowl and write in the name. I’d use a permanent paint pen for the name so you don’t have to keep writing it in with chalk. I have a few bowls that have chalkboard labels on them that have been in and out of the dishwasher for a year now, and they are still quite stuck to the bowls. Just make sure to use a small enough label that you don’t have many wrinkles or bubbles when you stick it on your rounded bowl.
Sundae Sundays Bar
Here’s the maiden voyage of our bowls. As you can clearly see, the kids were wildly disappointed they had to make sundaes and shovel ice cream, sprinkles and Hershey’s Syrup into their little mouths.
Really, they decorated with abandon. And the fruit on that sundae bar? It was just for show. I find putting out 3 things to sprinkle on the bar and lots of Hershey’s Syrup makes it perfectly exciting to DIY sundaes; you don’t really need more. Unless it’s a more is more kind of day.
Today’s bar had four different flavors of Hershey’s Syrup on it. Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, strawberry, and oh-my-word-amazing caramel. For once, I found something the kids got more excited about than sprinkles! They had a ball trying out all the flavors.
Maddie seemed to feel the same way about that Hershey’s Caramel Syrup that I did. Yup, that good.
The bowls and a crazy selection of Hershey’s Syrup somehow made Sundae Sundays all that much better. Sometimes it’s the little things!
Speaking of, the good people over at Hershey’s have a few fun suggestions on how to create your own unique Sundae Sundays this summer and carve out a little fun family time. So many great ideas here! For even more information, including crafts and recipes, visit CelebrateWithHersheys.com.
What are your favorite ingredients to put on your Sundae Bar?