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Kinley’s Cardboard Ice Cream Shop

Here is Kinley’s fabulous cardboard ice cream shop that she built for her school project. Kinley’s class is creating a town where each child has to build and run their own business. Kinley choose an ice cream shop for her business and she will be selling real ice cream out of it to her classmates next week.

Building this ice cream shop was a family effort but Kinley worked so hard and she did almost all of the painting herself!

Below the  photos is a tutorial on how we built this. The cardboard ice cream shop would be perfect for a birthday party or even a little carnival.
My girls cannot wait for this to come home from school so that they can use it as a playhouse!

I also wanted to thank my Dad for all of his help, he is the master at things like this!

We started with a 36x36x36 box that we purchased from a packaging company.

:: Paint two coats of latex semi glossy paint.

:: Use painters tape to create your stripes.

:: Paint your colored stripes.

:: We used the flaps on the box as the roof and the base.

:: We taped the the flaps at the base to make it sturdy.
:: We cut out the window by cutting the sides and the bottom and then we made a
scalloped awning by tracing around a little bowl and then cutting. We used little pieces of cardboard
on each  side of the awning to hold it up.

::Lift up the top flaps to create your roof and make some cuts from the sides to create a roof.

:: Cut a door in the back. We used a little knob for a doorknob.

:: The Roof – We layered the rood with the scalloped bulletin board boarder.

:: Menu – I bought a plain wood sign at Michael’s and spray painted it with chalk board paint.

This was a ton of fun to make!!!



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May 20, 2012 - 9:21 pm

Rebecca Cooper - Ok. I gasped at how adorable this is! WAY too sweet….and I’m sure they’re beyond excited to get it back home to play in. Love it and love your photos! Thanks for linking up this week. 🙂

May 21, 2012 - 7:30 am

Katie - This could not be any cuter. I adore it. The stripes are perfect! And yay for handy dads [I have one too]. 🙂

May 21, 2012 - 8:18 pm

Aimee Pool - Awe Thank You Rebecca!!! 🙂

May 21, 2012 - 8:19 pm

Aimee Pool - Thank You Katie!!

May 22, 2012 - 7:32 pm

Jenny - It’s so lovely! She must be so so proud!

May 22, 2012 - 8:35 pm

Aimee Pool - Thank You!

May 23, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Lindsey - This is soooo cute! Love it.

May 26, 2012 - 10:01 am

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May 27, 2012 - 8:44 pm

Mariah Leeson @Giggles Galore - I love this, such an adorable little ice cream shop! I also adore the idea of each kid having to run their own business, brilliant!

May 27, 2012 - 11:43 pm
May 30, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Angela - Wow, this really caught my eye on a link party and I’m so glad it did! I LOVE it! I would love to do this with my girls this summer. Thanks for the inspiration!

June 26, 2012 - 8:08 am

Bonnie - This is so cute! Thank you for the tutorial! We made our own this weekend with yellow & white stripes and a green roof. It turned out GREAT!

June 26, 2012 - 8:24 am

Aimee Pool - Hi Bonnie~
That is great! I would love to see yours but the link that you provided is not working 🙁

March 28, 2013 - 11:51 am

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