This adorable scoop of ice cream is made with paper mache and the cone is a laundry basket covered in brown kraft paper. Colorful ping-pong balls are sprinkled all over, and a red knit hat with a green pipe cleaner make the cherry on top.
Cut newspaper and brown bags into 4” x 4” or 4” x 6” strips. Cutting the paper into strips is a little time consuming, but it speeds up the process and the results are better. Use two different colors or types of paper to make it easier to identity the different layers. Wrap a beach ball in plastic wrap. This will protect the ball by keeping the paste off it and helps in sliding the mold off when dry. Two to three layers of plastic wrap should be sufficient. Place ball over the basket. Use magic marker to draw a circle around the ball at the point where it meets the basket; this will define the area to cover.
For the paper mache paste, pour the glue in a large bowl and mix in water with a 4:1 glue-to-water ratio. Stir well with wooden spoon or brush until the paste is smooth and of good consistency. Start with either the newspaper or brown paper strips. Brush both sides of paper with a thin layer of glue and paste it on ball.
Let the paper mache dry overnight. To remove it from the ball, either deflate the ball or make small cuts to the paper mache base and gently pull the mold up and over the ball. Make sure the glue is dry then paint the mold white (or whatever flavor you prefer). Let dry for about an hour or as per instructions on paint container.
Make shoulder straps by looping string into two opposing grooves of basket. Wrap the basket with kraft paper using the drum of the basket as guide to ensure a cone shape. Secure with tape, cutting and tucking in extra paper as needed.