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Fabulous Faux Sundaes

Fabulous Faux Sundaes

Total Time Needed: Weekend Project

These permanent sundaes make cool favors for a summer birthday party - and they won't melt, no matter how high the mercury climbs.


  • Acrylic paint
  • Copper wire
  • Foam packing peanuts
  • Modeling paste
  • Plastic dish
  • Plastic spoon
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Tacky glue


Fabulous Faux Sundaes - Step 1

1. For each one, first protect your work surface, then tint 1 tablespoon of light modeling paste (available at art supply and craft stores) with a small amount of acrylic paint (we used red for strawberry and a mix of yellow and brown for vanilla).

2. Working in a plastic-wrap-lined plastic dish, use a paintbrush to dab the tinted paste onto a 2½-inch Styrofoam ball and several foam packing peanuts, using the paste to fix the peanuts around the ball to resemble a scoop of ice cream. Let the paste dry overnight.

3. Remove the plastic wrap from the dish, then dribble a tablespoon of hot fudge (tacky glue mixed with a dab of brown acrylic paint) over the scoop (the fudge will darken as it dries). Carefully add a dollop of untinted modeling paste for whipped cream, then press a large red bead into the paste for a cherry.

4. For the stem, fold over one end of a 2¼-inch piece of thin copper wire and stick the opposite end through the bead and into the paste. Finally, add a plastic spoon, personalized with puffy paint, if you like.