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Anybody who knows me knows that I can absolutely be bribed with ice cream. Want me to accompany you to the gym and not just sit there playing with my phone? Promise to get me ice cream after. Need to go wait at the doctor for 4 hours because the office staff is crazy ridiculous inept and you want company? I’ll go and be bored with you for a double scoop.
Ice cream isn’t even a guilty pleasure for me. Growing up my grandmother insisted (and still does to this day) that ice cream is a health food because it’s got lots of calcium. As an adult I’ve kind of taken the same attitude. Calcium is a must for us ladies and dairy is chock full of the good stuff that will keep out bones healthy and strong throughout our lives.
Ice cream has always been a bit of a group activity for me. When visiting the first thing my Mimmie does is load us all up in the car to run out and get ice cream. For real. And it’s something I’ve done with the boys myself, now. I mean, I just drove 8-14 hours to see them (depending on my starting point) and by golly we deserve some ice cream!
One of my absolute favorite ice creams are DREYER’S simply because I’ve never, ever tasted a flavor I didn’t like. And it’s just plain good. I swear DREYER’S makes the BEST stinking Rocky Road ice cream that ever was or will be. The marshmallows are squishy and the chocolate is perfectly decadent and it’s in my top 5 of all ice cream of ALL TIME. And I’ve had a lot of ice cream, people.
Now Rob also loves ice cream, but I daresay not quite as much as I do. But that’s neither here nor there, really. You see before I moved all the way to the most southern tip of Texas I would fly down to visit my Sweet Rob and we always, ALWAYS got ice cream as one of our big date nights. For the rest of my life when we pass by this little ice cream shop I will always think of my very first trip that turned out to change the course of my entire life.
We were actually coming home from Rob’s most recent art show opening up in McAllen, TX when I had to use the facilities and we needed to return a DVD to a rental box. As we headed back home we took a slight detour to a town called Weslaco and headed into Walmart to take care of both situations. And when we left we had FIVE cartons of DREYER’S in our little travelling freezer bag. Granted we only made it home with 4 but dang if we didn’t try for 5.
As a little bit of a project to celebrate Rob and me I thought I’d make us a pair of ice cream bowls that are happy and colorful and perfect for 2 scoops of the good stuff, namely in this instance DREYER’S Butterfinger Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream as Rob is a fiend for all things peanut butter.
The only dishwasher we have is named ROB, we do not have an electric dishwasher. In fact we don’t even have the room for one, which is something that WILL NOT happen with our next home. That being said these ice cream dishes that we are about to make are still dishwasher safe (as long as Rob doesn’t get the stainless steel scrubbers after them :) they’ll stand up to our dishwasher, too! Want to learn how to make some dishwasher safe decoupage? Let’s get it!
For this project you will need:
- Glass ice cream dishes (these are from Walmart)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Dishwasher safe Mod Podge
- Paper confetti
- Fine bristled brush
- Very sharp craft knife
For this project I wanted a stained glass type of look so I went with tissue paper rather than anything any thicker. I grabbed this giant confetti from the bargain bins at Michael’s as it was cheaper than cutting my own but if you want a different shape than a circle, making your own confetti is totally doable with scissors or a shaped punch.
The key to this working out in the long run is the correct formula of Mod Podge. I LOVE this dishwasher safe formula and have used it quite a few times. I’ve found that the thinner the paper you use the better the results in the end for durability. I’ve also found that glitter stays on exceptionally well and is quite dishwasher safe when using this formula, too. Ah, the good old days when I had a dishwasher… moving on.
Grab your confetti and make it easy to get to quickly. Clean the glass of your dishes with rubbing alcohol to prepare a clean surface to start with.
Brush a small amount of Mod Podge directly onto the glass. You do NOT want a thick application, just barely any should actually make it onto your glass. Place your confetti onto the glass and then go over the piece with another THIN coat of Mod Podge to finish sealing it down. You can use your fingers to push out any creases or bubbles.
Overlapping pieces continue to cover your bowls. When you get to edges you can overlap the confetti to be trimmed later.
Work around the glass until you get the coverage you would like. If you prefer to not cover the glass completely know that the Mod Podge will distort the appearance of the glass a bit and will be quite noticeable on those bare areas. Cotton swabs and paper towels can help you keep those areas clear of Mod Podge or you can use masking tape to tape the areas you want to protect.
Again, feel free to overlap the sides with confetti. You don’t want to have the Mod Podge or the paper where it comes into contact with food, though, so be sure to keep your decoupage to the OUTSIDE of your bowls.
One done and one to go! Allow each glass to dry overnight.
The next day you can seal the decoupage once more for added protection. Apply a thin layer and allow to dry at least 4 hours.
Using a very sharp craft knife trim the excess confetti away from the tops and bottoms of your bowls.
So colorful and fun, right?
And are equally stunning when looking into them. Isn’t that fabulous?
Time to get out the good stuff!
These bowls are the perfect size for two small scoops, right about a single serving… which is the perfect amount!
With flavors from DREYER’S like Nestlé Butterfinger® Peanut Butter Cups and Baby Ruth® mixed with fresh milk & cream with no rBST (milk production hormone) AND no artificial colors or flavors you’re going to get a lot of use out of your super cute, dishwasher safe confetti ice cream bowls. So head on out to Walmart to grab your own carton and the supplies to make these super cute ice cream bowls!
Want a free taste? Walmart has some demos for both DREYER’S and EDY’s® all over the country in June, 2016. Check out this list to see if there will be a demo near you!
Ooh, and did I mention there is also a Baby Ruth flavor? Get it, so good!
Now I’m going to go off and celebrate being together with my Sweet Rob and have a sweet treat :) And let me know in the comments, if you please, does ice cream bring you together with anyone special?