Make an Adorable Ice Cream Stand Complete with DIY Wooden Treats
Set up an ice cream stand your kids will love complete with custom cones made from scrap wood.
Mindi Carwin of My Love 2 Create couldn't resist her daughter's suggestion to make a play ice cream stand. She used a spare nightstand, table legs, wood scraps, and paint to create the stand then finished the project by making a set of yummy-looking wooden treats. Learn how to make them, plus download the free template, below.
What You Need
- Treat and ice cream cone patterns (download below)
- Scrap 1×4 and 1×2 boards
- Scroll saw (preferred, but a jig saw will work; see Step 2)
- 1¼ -inch-diameter dowel
- Miter saw (preferred, but a jig saw or scroll saw will work; see Step 2)
- 100-grit sandpaper
- Drill press (preferred, but a hand drill will work; see Step 4)
- 2-inch Birch Wood Ball Knobs with 3/16-inch holes (#165852 at Hobby Lobby)
- Transfer paper (see Step 5)
- Artists brush or permanent marker
- 3/8-inch-diameter dowel
- Wood glue
- 3/16-inch-diameter dowel
Step 1: Print the Patterns
Print the downloaded patterns for the treats and ice cream cone. Cut out desired shapes. Trace shape outlines onto the boards.
Step 2: Cut the Shapes
A scroll saw works best for smoothly cutting out each shape. If using a jig saw, clamp the board to a work surface and set the saw for zero orbital action. For cylindrical treats, cut 1¼ -inch-diameter dowel to 5 inches long; a miter saw yields fast and straight cuts.
Step 3: Sand the Cutouts
Sand the front and back sides of the cutouts using 100-grit sandpaper. Then sand the edges to smooth the shape and remove saw marks. Round sharp corners.
Step 4: Drill Holes
A drill press works best for making holes perpendicular to the treat edges. If you use a hand drill, align each hole by eye so the sticks point straight out of the treat and so the scoops stack straight on top of the cone. For the ice cream cone: Drill a 3/16-inch hole ¾-inch deep centered in the top of each cone. For each set of two-scoop cones, drill a similar hole in the top of one of the knobs. For the other treats: Drill a 3/8-inch hole ¾-inch deep centered in the bottom edge of each cutout.
Step 5: Paint the Pieces
Paint the background color on the treats, ice cream cones, and knobs. Don't let paint get into the holes. Add the faces and other details by drawing them freehand or transferring them then painting. To transfer, trace lines using a dull pencil and transfer paper (also called graphite or carbon paper); cover transferred lines with a permanent marker or artists brush loaded with paint.
Step 6: Glue in the Dowels
For each treat stick, cut a 3½ inch length of 3/8-inch dowel. Test-fit the dowel, sanding dowel to fit hole if necessary. Put wood glue in the hole, and insert the dowel. For each ice cream cone, cut a 1½ inch length of 3/16-inch dowel. Put wood glue in the cone and knob holes; insert dowel. For a two-scoop cone, cut, glue, and insert a second dowel.