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Making a Simple Ice Cream Sundae Gift Basket

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!

The best gift!! Make an Ice Cream Sundae Gift Basket

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.

Making an Ice Cream Sundae Gift Basket

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. ​

Making an Ice Cream Sundae Gift Basket

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.  ​​

Making an Ice Cream Sundae Gift Basket

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.”

Ice Cream Sundae in a Box

Then I printed my own labels that read “chocolate syrup, cherries, etc” (see download below) on regular white printer paper.

Ice Cream Sundae in a Box

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!

Making an Ice Cream Sundae Gift Basket


  1. This is a great guide. Thank for share

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      I’m glad you it! Thanks for reading:))

  2. The Rambler says:

    I LOVEEEEEEE this idea of a Sundae Gift Box!!! Need to check out your pinterest board for even more ideas. #happynowlinkup

  3. How cute! This would be a great summer birthday gift. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

  4. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Thanks, Leslie! Yes, it’s something easy but special to give! 🙂

  5. Erica Schmidt says:

    This is the coolest idea! Haha, get it?? I love doing gift baskets and never thought to do one like this, pinning for later, thanks for sharing!

  6. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Hahaa thanks so much, Erica! It’s such a fun gift to give!! I have a bunch more gift ideas on my pinterest board :))

  7. Maria Parenti-Baldey says:

    That looks like a lovely idea — making a sundae gift box.

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks Maria!! It’s a fun gift to make and give 🙂

  8. Kari Wagner Hoban says:

    What a cute idea!!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Kari!

  9. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Thanks, Samantha!! 🙂

  10. I love this, such a cute idea! Will definitely be giving this a try in the future! xx #ourminilinkyparty

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Claire! :))

  11. Cathy Lawdanski says:

    Cutest idea I’ve ever seen! Pinning!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Cathy!! It’s a sweet gift to give:)

  12. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle says:

    What an absolutely awesome idea. That is such a lovely gift to give.
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  13. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Thanks so much, Kathleen!! Yes, it’s great for a Christmas gift or a hostess gift!

  14. helen at pleasures of the nw says:

    I love putting together gifts like this. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  15. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

    Me too, Helen!! 🙂 And people LOVE them!

  16. Melissa Ruddy says:

    Love this idea! Years ago I made a coffee basket for a family member and it was a hit but it became much more expensive then I expected I love that you used a box that is a gift all by itself and you filled it with items that will not break the bank.

  17. Richella Parham says:

    What a great idea! I like the idea of gift baskets, but sometimes they’re filled with things that no one really wants. This one would be much appreciated, I’m sure! I like the way you give step-by-step instructions here. Thank you!
    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Hi Richella, Thank you so much!! Yes I agree with you on that:) And they can get costly too. This is a fun one to do:) And, thank you so much for the beautiful feature!

  18. Akaleistar says:

    What a sweet gift idea!

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Akaleistar!:))

    1. Eileen @ Just Measuring Up says:

      Thanks so much, Jess! I would love to :))

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