Ice Cream Cone With Sprinkles Costume

October 16 2019

Everyone will scream (for a different reason) when they see this amazing ice cream cone costume. Our good friend Amy (aka A Fashion Nerd) dyed a tank top pink and a skirt tan to create this ‘sweet’ Halloween costume. And the fact that her outfit was 100% thrifted is certainly the cherry on top! Read on to learn how she put this all together.


  • Rit All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Petal Pink, Rose Quartz + Tan
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • White Cotton Tank Top
  • White Cotton Skirt
  • Large Container for Dyeing
  • Tongs
  • Liquid Dish Detergent
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring Cup
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Paper Towels
  • Colored Felt
  • Plastic Headband
  • Foam Ball
  • Red Paint
  • Brown Paint or Brown Fabric Marker
  • Hot Glue Gun + Glue
  • Green Pipe Cleaner
  • White Ball of Yarn
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  1. Cover work area with plastic table cover and have paper towels handy to protect against any possible spills. Gather supplies.
  2. For best results, prewash tank top and skirt to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
  3. Fill a large plastic container with 3 gallons of hot water. The water should ideally be 140ºF. If tap water is not hot enough, heat water on the stove and add to the dyebath.
  4. To enhance the color, add one cup of salt. Add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.  Stir well.
  5. Wearing rubber gloves, add 1/2 cup of Rose Quartz and a teaspoon of Petal Pink to the deybath. Stir well.
  6. Add tank top to the dyebath.
  7. Stir slowly and continuously. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches. Tank top can remain in the dyebath between 10-30 minutes.
  8. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  9. Use Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color and increase color retention. Follow package instructions.
  10. Rinse garment under cool water until the water runs clear.
  11. Wash garment in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  12. For the skirt, repeat steps 3-10. This time mix in ½ cup of Tan instead of the pink dyes.
  13. To create the brown ice cream cone lines on the skirt, Amy used an airbrush with brown paint. However, this could also easily be done with fabric markers and a ruler.
  14. To create the ice cream topping, paint a foam ball red and insert a green pipe cleaner into the top. Attach foam ball to a ball of white yarn with a glue gun. Then, attach everything to a plastic headband with a hot glue gun.
  15. To create the sprinkles on the tank top, cut strips of colored felt and glue them to the tank top with a hot glue gun.
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