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Ice Cream Cone Treat Boxes

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Create cute and colorful ice cream cone treat boxes! Learn how to make these sweet boxes perfect for summer parties and treats!

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Ice Cream Cone Treat Box.

Hello Crafty Friends! I’m here today with a quick and easy DIY project for making Ice Cream Cone Treat Boxes! These are so adorable and perfect for party favors or for just giving a special treat to brighten someone’s day! There’s something so refreshing and sweet about sherbet colors and they bring these plain cupcake boxes to life. 

You may remember my Fourth of July Treat Boxes – this is the same process just with different colors! I liked those little treat boxes so much I wanted to make a few that would work anytime, especially all summer. I filled mine with pastel-colored Jordan Almonds and my favorite retro Butter Cookies and they were the perfect mini gift. 

Ice cream cone treat boxes made from paper mache boxes filled with butter cookies.

Ice cream cone treat box filled with flower butter cookies.

These boxes only take a few supplies to make like acrylic paint, wooden beads and most importantly the paper mache cupcake boxes. I found mine for $1 at my local craft store. They are the perfect size for small treats. *Update: These boxes have become more difficult to find than they were five years ago when I published this tutorial. I have seen them randomly at local craft stores and have linked to some on Etsy below – though I’m not sure how long they will available there. 

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How to Make Ice Cream Treat Boxes

Supplies Needed

Acrylic paint, pipe cleaners, wooden balls, cupcake boxes and paint brushes.

Step One: Paint and decorate the ice cream scoop Start by painting the top of the cupcake box with acrylic paint in any fun pastel color you’d like. I had to two coats of paint to get enough coverage over the box.

The top of the ice cream cone treat box is painted light blue.

Next decorate the lid with sprinkles. To paint the sprinkles, I used the edge of a flat paint brush. This kept all of my jimmy sprinkles the same size. (The picture below shows the cherries added that happens in a later step – I forgot to take a picture before the cherries were added!)

Two cupcake box tops painted pastel colors, purple and light blue.

Step Two: Paint the ice cream cone. Next paint the bottom of the box to look like a cone. I used a combination of white, brown, beige and yellow acrylic paints to get my cone color.

Paint being mixed on a paper plate.

Bottom of cardboard cupcake box is painted a tan color.

I painted the upper part of the lid with another pastel-colored paint then added criss-crosses to the cone part with a tan marker or tan paint. 

Two bottom parts of cupcake boxes painted tan with colorful top borders.

Step Three: Add a cherry on top! Paint a round wooden bead pink and hot glue it to the top of the box lid. You can add the stem of the cherry by twisting two pieces of green pipe cleaner together. Put a little hot glue in the center of the wooden bead and push the pipe cleaner in.

Two cupcake lids with wooden cherry beads on top with a green pipe cleaner cherry stem.

Your treat box is all finished! Since the paper mache cupcake boxes are not food safe, I placed a cupcake liner in the bottom of the box before filling them up with fun candy and cookies. You could also package food in bags before placing it inside the boxes. 

A stack of cupcake liners sit next to two cardboard ice cream cone boxes.

Two ice cream cone boxes filled with pastel candies sit on a pink surface.

How cute are these little ice cream boxes?! Perfect for a summer party favor or gift. They are a great size for candies, small cookies, or any tiny trinket!

Happy Crafting! -Kim

 

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6 Comments

    1. Hi! I updated the link to a few I found on Etsy! When I made this tutorial a few years ago they were much more popular and I found them at my local craft store but I haven’t been able to find them there recently which is too bad, they are so fun to craft with!

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