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 think about what I can put in a gift basket as a themed gift.
My sister-in-law and her family were staying with us for their family vacation this year, and I wanted to do something special for them. I made this cute DIY ice cream sundae gift basket, and it was a hit!
Collecting Materials for the Gift Box
First, I collected the materials that I needed for DIY ice cream sundae gift box. 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! (Side note – if you are looking to get a better scoop, there’s an awesome scoop on Amazon that uses the heat from your body to heat up the ice cream!)
Also at Walmart, I found polka dot napkins and turquoise spoons for a dollar per pack. I also found ice cream cups there for $3 per pack.
If you are looking to buy a kit, there’s a great ice cream sundae kit on Amazon, which has the cups, spoons, straws, and little umbrellas in bright and cheery colors.
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 🙂
Putting the Ice Cream Sundae Box Together
The next step was the fun part – putting everything together into a cute ice cream sundae gift basket.
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 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.
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.
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) on the this DIY ice cream sundae gift basket.
Considering we had ice cream sundaes for seven people and tons of leftovers, I still think that’s a great deal!
It’s a great summer gift basket, housewarming gift, a sunshine gift for someone who needs some positivity – the list is endless, and everyone always loves it!