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I like to use my Cricut Explore for all types of great projects…including reliving my childhood and creating all the toys I wish I’d had. Today, I’m going back to the days when I was six years old and desperately wanted to own an ice cream cart. True story. In my six year old brain, owning an ice cream truck meant you could eat all the ice cream and popsicles you ever wanted and that is clearly the key to happiness. No need to actually sell ice cream or turn a buck. Just eat the entire inventory. A great business plan, right?

Welp, today’s DIY is the first step in breeding the future ice cream cart owners of America. It’s a cardboard box turned into an ice cream cart! Can you even believe it?! A cardboard moving box, people!!!

Use your Cricut Explore and a cardboard box to create a child's pretend play ice cream cart


I created every element of this DIY cardboard box ice cream cart by using my Cricut Explore. Right down to that adorable aqua blue wheel! The key to creating something like this is chipboard and large pieces of cardstock. Hint: If you don’t have cardstock larger than 12×12, just grab some colored posterboard and trim it down to size so it will fit on the 12×24″ Cricut cutting mat.

Let’s take a little tour of this adorable pretend play ice cream cart.

DIY Cardboard Box Ice Cream Cart | damask love


  • tan 12×12″ cardstock
  • Cricut Southwest Pen Set
  • Styrofoam balls
  • pink, brown, white, mint, and red craft paint
  • small wooden beads
  • foam brush
  • craft glue or hot glue gun
  • Click HERE for this project in Cricut Design Space

INSTRUCTIONS // Cut cone shape and use pen tool to draw lines on cone. Paint the styrofoam balls to look like ice cream scoops. Paint the wooden beads with red paint. Use glue to assemble the cone, to adhere to styrofoam balls to the cone and to adhere the bead to the top of the styrofoam ball.

DIY Cardboard Box Ice Cream Cart | damask love

DIY Cardboard Box Ice Cream Cart | damask love


INSTRUCTIONS // Cut the chipboard using the Design Space file. Use a serrated knife or other sharp tool to cut the sytrofoam block down to the size of the chipboard. Paint the chipboard with brown paint. Paint the styrofoam to look like ice cream. Use craft glue to adhere the sytrofoam between both pieces of painted chipboard

DIY Cardboard Box Ice Cream Cart | damask love

Use your Cricut Explore and a cardboard box to create a child's pretend play ice cream cart


  • Felt (I use the Handmade Modern felt from Target)
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Click HERE for this project in Cricut Design Space

INSTRUCTIONS // Cut the popsicle shapes from felt and adhere them to the popsicle stick with hot glue

Use your Cricut Explore and a cardboard box to create a child's pretend play ice cream cart


INSTRUCTIONS // Print Then Cut each ice cream image. Cut the sign shape and label and write the lettering ( the Cricut Explore will do all the writing for you!). Adhere the stickers to the menu. Assemble the remaining parts of the menu with craft glue.

Use your Cricut Explore and a cardboard box to create a child's pretend play ice cream cart

Use your Cricut Explore and a cardboard box to create a child's pretend play ice cream cart

And if you’d like to learn how exactly I assembled the cart with a cardboard box….



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22 thoughts on “DIY Cardboard Box Ice Cream Cart

  1. Your creativity blows my mind! This is so fun! I can imagine any kid would have a blast with this ice cream shop… I know I would have… Thank you for sharing this yummy project!!! I think I’ll go have an ice cream now… 😉

  2. Amber, this is by far most cute and intelligent project ever! I like the photos too, you’ve had the sweetest model.

  3. I am having trouble downloading the instructions for the cart. I can easily open the projects in Cricut Design but there is something about the pdf file. Could you help?

    1. Ok so the Ice Cream cart project is also in Cricut Design. Though it does not include the umbrella (disappointing). To that end the other projects do not include all the items you see in these photos such as the stand to hold the ice cream cones and the box to hold the popsicle. Additionally the instructions provided in the Cricut projects are lacking. Kinda disappointed and also a bit peeved that Damask Love has not responded to any messages asking for help.

  4. Hey y’all! If you go to Cricut, you can search for DIY ice cream stand and the cart should show up! Good luck!

  5. Hi, is this file still available? I have been trying for a couple days to open the file in Cricut and it will not open.


  6. Hello,
    Do you have detailed instructions on how to assemble the umbrella? I have everything cut and painted just really not sure how to assemble.


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