Thursday, January 23, 2014

DIY Play Ice Cream Bars

Build: play ice cream bars

Make your own wooden ice cream bars for kids play or party favors.

I made these ice cream bars as favors for the chocolate birthday party we had last weekend:

An inexpensive and easy project to make that's fun for kids and serves as party decor.
A 1x3 pine board and 5/16" dowel is all you need to make the size and proportion almost identical to the real deal:

Wrapped up and ready to give as favors.
I used a scrap piece of 4x4 and drilled holes to 'serve' the ice cream bars:

Good enough to eat:

How to make wooden play ice cream bars:

1. Using a piece of 1x3 pine board at least 6" long make a mark at 4 1/2" then draw a curved arch.
This will be the top portion of the ice cream bar.

2. Using a 1 1/4" spade bit make a circular hole in the upper corner:

3. Clamp the piece and jig saw the remaining curved portion:

4. Sand edges smooth:

5. Cut 5/16" dowel at 4 1/2" long:

6. Using a 5/16" bit marked with tape for 1 1/2" depth drill a hole in center bottom of ice cream bar:

7. Paint two coats brown acrylic paint:

8. Paint curved bite portion (ice cream) white.

9. Glue dowel into hole:

10. Seal with clear gloss polycrylic spray:

11.  Make birthday tag and cut with circular punch:

12. Wrap each ice cream bar in cellophane bag, tie with ribbon and add tag:


  1. OMG. I want to gobble them up. You are the most creative person on the WWW. Just awesome!

  2. that may be the cutest thing I've seen! They are adorable!

  3. This is a great idea for a party favor, they look so realistic. Anyone try to take a bite :) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.