In my last post, I shared tons of great ideas to decorate your child's classroom door for Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, I didn't get on the ball and get my own child's door done until a few days ago. Since Valentine's Day is so close, I opted for a sweet Spring theme instead. That way the door can stay up longer than just a couple of weeks. The best thing about Spring classroom door ideas is that they can span through a few holidays.
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The idea for this sweet door came when I found myself at the school with some time to spare to volunteer. I hadn't planned to decorate the door, so I had nothing in mind. I saw an ice cream cone drawing in the copy room, and I decided that was something I could handle free hand. Trust me. You can too! Here's how!
How to Make a Three-Layer Ice Cream Cone
Here's what you will need:
- Butcher paper in 4 colors (I chose yellow for the cone because I wanted a chocolate ice cream scoop. If you want to add a face, definitely don't use brown for the cone.)
- Masking tape and/or glue stick
- Begin be cutting a large triangle for the cone. (I left the tip of my triangle slightly rounded.)
- Lay one of the three paper pieces you plan to use for ice cream scoops across the top of the triangle cone and sketch out the scalloped bottom of the ice cream scoop. Be sure to make the scoop wider than the cone. (It helps to draw the two outside scallops first and then move toward the middle.) Draw a large round arch above the scallops to complete your ice cream scoop.
- Layer the three ice cream scoop paper pieces together (with the pattern on top) and carefully cut out all three scoops at once. If that makes you nervous, simply cut out the pattern and trace it onto the other two pieces. That will give you better control, but it will take longer.
- Optional -- Use the paper scraps to add drips and sprinkles. The drips are a simple raindrop shape, and the sprinkles are tiny rounded, skinny rectangles. I actually cut the sprinkles with my Silhouette at the same time I cut the letters for the top of the door. I definitely would not recommend cutting out the sprinkles by hand! If you can't do it with a cutting machine, just cut tiny strips with a paper cutter. I'm sure they'll be just as cute.
- I attached the large pieces to the door with masking tape and glued on the details with a glue stick.
Top off your ice cream cone with a sweet saying. I chose, "Fourth Grade is So Sweet!" If you don't have access to a cutting machine or the school or library die cut machine, don't be afraid to write the saying directly on the background paper. (Just be sure your markers don't bleed through to the door!)
The Kawaii smiley face was actually an after thought. Here's the original door, minus the happy face. I'll let you decide which you prefer.
With my daughter's love for all things Shopkins, a face on the ice cream cone seemed just right! Actually, I'm kind of obsessed with Kawaii faces on my graphics lately. You'll recognize them on my most recent Bingo boards and my Valentine's Day matching game (Spot It style). It just makes sense that I'd put them on the classroom door, too!
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