Create cute and colorful ice cream cone treat boxes! Learn how to make these sweet boxes perfect for summer parties and treats!
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.
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.
More Ice Cream Crafts
- Ice Cream Truck Treat Box
- Fabric Ice Cream Cone Banner
- Paper Ice Cream Cone Banner
- Embroidered Birthday Cards
How to Make Ice Cream Treat Boxes
- Paper Mache Cupcake Box (I originally found the boxes at my local Joann Fabrics but haven’t seen them there recently)
- Acrylic paint in pastel colors
- Paint brush (a flat paint brush is great for making the sprinkles)
- Round Wooden Beads 20mm
- Green pipe cleaners
- Tan marker
- Hot glue
- Cupcake liner
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!