DIY Ice Cream Cone Wall Planter

Succulents, air plants, and cacti [oh my!] are all the rage, but not quite nursery-friendly when they’re within reach of tiny hands. Still want to incorporate them? Hang them on the wall in our original DIY ice cream cone planter. It’s especially cute with a round little cactus mimicking a scoop of ice cream, and deceptively simple to make. Follow our step-by-step instructions to make your own and add some serious eye candy to your nursery [while also getting some of that serious Pinterest mom street cred]!


  • 1.25 pounds of air-dry clay [or oven bake if you prefer]
  • parchment paper
  • paper plate
  • rolling pin
  • knife or other sharp-tipped implement
  • glaze
  • sprinkles [various kinds]
  • tan paint
  • dark brown paint [or any color of your choosing]
  • craft paintbrushes
  • acrylic sealer
  • sandpaper
  • pencil, kebab skewer, or similar thin pointed cylinder


  1. Lay down parchment paper. Using rolling pin, roll out 1.25 pounds of clay to approximately ½” thick disk.
  2. Lay a paper plate face-down in center of flat clay disk. Using a knife, trace around the plate. Cut away excess material.

  3. Using your knife, cut a very shallow diamond grid pattern across the entirety of your clay disk.

  4. Carefully peel your disk off the parchment paper and flip over.
  5. Roll your disk into a cone shape, with one side slightly overlapping the other, grid side facing out. Gently press the overlapping portions together. You may choose to slightly dampen a paintbrush to adhere the two edges together better.

  6. Flatten the side of the cone opposite the overlapping portion against your work surface, while retaining the curve of the other side.
  7. Using a pencil, gently poke a hole into the middle of the flat side of the cone.

  8. Roll your paper plate into a slightly smaller cone, with one side flat as in your clay model, and gently place inside clay cone to help retain shape [do NOT do this step if you are using oven-bake clay! You will burn your damn house down!].

  9. Put out of reach of tiny, curious hands and let dry. This will take anywhere from 4-7 days. Entire cone must be completely dry in order to begin painting.
  10. While your cone is drying: spread a thin layer of sprinkles onto a paper plate, and spray with acrylic sealer. Wait 15 minutes for sealer to dry, flip/rotate sprinkles and repeat. Do this several times to ensure entire surface area of each sprinkle is covered.

  11. Once dry, sand entire cone gently to remove any ridges. Blow off any clay dust.
  12. Begin painting! Using your tan paint, coat the inside and bottom ¾ of the outside of your cone. Let dry.
  13. Using the dark brown, or any other color you want for your “chocolate dipped” portion, paint a drippy pattern onto the top ¼ of your cone. Let dry.
  14. Paint a thin layer of glaze onto dark brown portion. While still wet, pour sprinkles onto glaze so they stick. Let dry.
  15. Cover inside of cone with glaze, making sure to push down into thinnest bottom part of cone as well.
  16. Paint entire outside with glaze. Take care to brush very gently over sprinkles so as not to dislodge them. Let dry.
  17. Fill cone with potting soil; plant small succulent or [preferably round] cactus.
  18. Gently and carefully drive a nail through your hole and hang.
  19. Water when you remember [that’s the beauty of cactus and succulents].
  20. Enjoy the world’s cutest planter!




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