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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 BasketCollecting 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 BasketNext, 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 BasketMy 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.  ​​

DIY Ice Cream Sundae Gift BoxI 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​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.

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. ​

Ice Cream Sundae in a BoxLast, 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 a DIY Ice Cream Gift BasketIt’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!


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

  2. 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!

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

  4. What an absolutely awesome idea. That is such a lovely gift to give.
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  5. I love putting together gifts like this. Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  6. 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.

  7. 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. 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!

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