Posted by Eileen
I love making cute gift baskets - so much that I have a board on Pinterest entirely devoted to homemade gift baskets and boxes. Whenever I'm stuck for a gift, whether Christmas gifts or shower gifts, I always take a look at the pins I have saved, and that usually sparks an idea.
There's an ice cream box that I had been wanting to make for a while now, and I was waiting for the perfect occasion. My sister-in-law and her family were staying with us for their family vacation this year, and that was the perfect opportunity to surprise my niece and nephew with a cute ice cream gift basket.
Step 1: Gather the Materials
First, I collected the materials that I needed. I went to Michael's and they were having an awesome summer blowout sale on gift boxes. I got this gift box for just three dollars! Of course, I bought a few of them for later projects.
Next, on my weekly trip to the grocery store, I purchased a few of the ice cream box necessities - chocolate syrup, strawberry syrup, cherries, and cones. I also bought a few boxes of candy that could be used as toppings. The boxes were on sale for .99 cents. As for other toppings, I already had tons of sprinkles and a box of walnuts at home.
My final trip was to Walmart for a cheap but cute ice cream scoop. I found one for .88 cents, as well as polka dot napkins and turquoise spoons for a dollar per pack. I also found ice cream cups there for $3 per pack.
Last, I purchased the condiment cups on Amazon. Love Amazon! I also needed the condiment cups for my son's Sesame Street themed birthday party, so I bought a big bag.
I already had scrapbook paper and ribbon in my craft collection, so I didn't need to buy those things :)
Step 2: Putting It Together
The next step was the fun part - putting everything together. I poured the boxes of candy into the condiment cups. The boxes were a perfect fit because I had little to none leftover.
I also filled condiment cups with rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, and crushed walnuts.
I unwrapped two different kinds of cones (I bought a variety pack) and wrapped a stack of them in cellophane for freshness.
Then I took a piece of ribbon and tied a few spoons to the ice cream scoop with a sign that read, "Just add ice cream."
I took scrapbook paper and cut pieces to cover the store labels - to make them prettier:) Then I printed my own labels that read "chocolate syrup, cherries, etc" (see download below) on regular white printer paper.
I glued the labels to the scrapbook paper and then taped them to the jars, for a cute, uniform look.
Download free ice cream box printables
I didn't love the design on the ice cream cups, so I wrapped a polka-dotted napkins around the cup, to match the napkins and make for a brighter box.
Last, I added a sign to the top of the box, covering up the bicycle design. (This sign is included in the free download above.)
I love the way the box turned out! My sister-in-law and her family loved it too. We had a great time creating ice cream sundaes at home :)
As far as cost, I saved a lot of money with the discounted box, grocery store sales, and good finds at Walmart. Altogether, I spent just less than $35 dollars (with the condiment cups being $10.50 and tons of these leftover for other projects).
Considering we had ice cream sundaes for seven people, and tons of leftovers, I still think that's a great deal!
Post a comment below and let us know how your ice cream sundae box turns out :)
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