Feature Friday Tutorial- Ice Cream Cart Bank

Create a cute ice cream cart bank from an unfinished wood box and colored cardstock!  Want to know how?

ice cream cart bank tutorial

I participate in a group theme swap on the website Ravelry and the theme this time is “Ice Cream”.  Nothing sounds like summer more than the drone of lawn mowers and the tinkling music of the local ice cream truck.  I live in Atlanta, GA, and between the temperature and humidity, my mind does stray toward the ice cream side of things.  Well, actually, it really doesn’t have to be hot for my mind to be on ice cream, but that’s beside the point.  Anyway, I was looking for an idea to include something handmade and personal in the swap box and I ran across these small wooden banks at the local discount craft store:

ice cream cart bank tutorial

These wooden banks were located in the discount aisle at Michael’s for $1 a piece and I couldn’t pass them up.  Possibilities were endless and one in particular came to mind.  An ice cream cart.

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For this project I used:

1 small wooden bank (a wooden box would also work)
2 wooden wheels
1/8″ Balsa wood (about 2 ft. long)
small piece of 3/8″ balsa wood
cardboard scraps
bright colored cardstock
Assorted ice cream clipart or stickers
Acrylic Paint
Clear gloss varnish

(Supplies for this project can be found at any craft store, or check out Hancock’s fabric online.  There is a link with a coupon at the top of my page).

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I painted the box white and let it dry.  I then used a strip of 3/8″ balsa wood to help me measure equal stripes, drawing them on with a pencil. (Using a ruler is fine).

ice cream cart bank tutorial

I then painted the stripes with bright red acrylic paint.  Use white paint to touch up any edges or shaky hand syndrome…

ice cream cart bank tutorial

I painted both tires black and then glued them on each side of the back of the cart.  Cut from the 3/8″balsa wood two 3/4″ pieces and glue in an “L” to the front of the cart to create the stand.  (You can cut balsa wood with a craft knife and file it with a nail file to make the edge smooth).

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Cut (1) 1″ x 3″ peice of cardboard, (I used the back of an old tablet), and (2) 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ pieces.  These will be used for the freezer doors.  Also using the 1/8″balsa wood, cut (1) 3″ piece and (2) 1 1/4″ pieces for the door handles.  Glue them down to the top of the box.

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I then used metalic silver acylic paint on the doors and door handles.

I found quite a bit of clip art on the internet to print out ice cream for the sides of the truck.  You can also use ice cream stickers or hand paint them.  I also printed out the words “Ice Cream” for the side of the cart.  I recommend printing them out on thicker paper as the final coat of varnish will make a thinner paper see-through.

ice cream cart bank tutorial

Glue the photos and the sign to the sides of the cart.

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ice cream cart bank tutorial

The umbrella is made with a quilling technique and colorful cardstock.  To create the umbrella, I cut 1/4″ strips of red cardstock and then cut them in 2″ pieces for the skeleton of the umbrella.  The umbrella top is made up of 6 pie shaped sections.  Start by cutting about (10) 1/4″ strips of colored cardstock.  Using a quilling tool, (or your fingers), coil one strip into about a 1/2″ diameter circle.  Glue the end to keep it from unwinding.  Then pinch on three sides to create a triangle.  Glue (2) of the 2″ red pieces to the sides to create a pie shaped section.

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Then fill in that section with more quilled pieces of paper.  I pinched the coils on one end to form teardrops, but you can fill with circles or what ever you choose.

Create more pie shaped pieces in other colors until you have a completed umbrella top.

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I used a quilled circle that I had as a support to lift up the center so that when I glued the 6 pieces together, they would take the shape of an umbrella top.

Cut pieces of the 1/4″ strips of colored cardstock and glue to the sides of the umbrella top.  Finish by creating a small coil and gluing to the center of the top.  This coil will help hold your umbrella up, so be sure to add a good drop or two of glue to the underside and allow it to dry.

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Cut a 5″ piece of the balsa wood to make the umbrella handle and glue it to the side of the cart.  Once it is dry, glue the umbrella top to it by pushing it through the center of the top, to the center piece. Allow it to dry before going to the next step.

Attach the umbrella top to the handle with glue.  Tilt it a bit to get a good angle. Allow it to dry.

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Create the scallops on the umbrella by making coils of 1/4″ strips and pinching them on two sides.  Glue the scallops onto the sides.

Finally, spray the entire project down with several coats of clear gloss varnish.

Perfect for a bank in a childrens room, or maybe a small jewelry box if you used a wooden box.  For the child in all of us…Now I’m off to look for a popsicle.
ice cream cart bank tutorial

If you like this tutorial, you might want to check out some of my other Feature Fridays:

Flip Flop Pillow Tutorial– crazy flip flop pillows for a child’s room, or just the child in you.

Dough Bear Ornament– made with child friendly recipe, these ornaments are a great family project.


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  • Vanessa July 2, 2011, 8:31 am

    Eeeeek! My fashion dolls may be getting an ice cream truck. I do video stories and this would be perfect. I am soooo happy that I found your blog (Handmadeology).

  • Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy August 2, 2010, 1:10 am

    Very cute~! I like the quilling for the umbrella too! Cute touch. Thank you for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!

  • Leslie July 31, 2010, 6:56 am

    Check you out crafty lady! This is stinkin' cute! Thanks for linking up your talent and cute project to Hoo's got talent!

  • Kara @ Craftastical! July 30, 2010, 3:13 pm

    That is too cute and clever for words. I love it!

    Thanks for linking up at Craftastical!

  • Cassie July 29, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Too stinkin' cute!!!
    Your nails look fab too!!!

  • Kaysi July 29, 2010, 4:12 pm

    That is adorable!!!! I love it!

  • Ginger July 29, 2010, 1:30 am

    Cool! I like the umbrella! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  • Kat @ Black Kats Design July 28, 2010, 4:40 pm

    Wow, fantastic. I really like the quilling on the umbrella.

    I’m having a new link party “Cheap Thrills Thursday” starting tomorrow. It’s for creative ideas that cost under $20. If you have a project you’d like to share, I’d love for you to stop by and join in!

  • BigBearswife July 28, 2010, 3:10 pm

    aww love it!! its really neat looking!!!

  • Lynda July 28, 2010, 12:54 pm

    WOW!!!!! I love the umbrella!!!! How do you think of that stuff???

  • Lori July 28, 2010, 12:47 am

    Very cute…

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life As Lori!

  • C.R.A.F.T. July 26, 2010, 8:26 pm

    very cute :) come on over and link up to MMM!!

  • Threeundertwo July 26, 2010, 5:08 pm

    That is just amazing. Beautiful job. My brain would never have connected those bank boxes with an ice cream cart. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  • The Knitwit Knitter July 25, 2010, 6:23 pm

    Very cute & an awesome idea!

  • Sourkraut July 24, 2010, 11:35 pm

    The entire thing's adorable but I'm especially impressed by how you made the umbrella!

  • Serving-Ice-Cream July 24, 2010, 5:35 pm

    Wow! That's an incredibly cute ice cream cart. You put a lot of time into it – but it turned out wonderful! Great job!

  • Ann Martin July 24, 2010, 11:28 am

    So cute, Suzy!

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  • Michelle July 23, 2010, 11:56 pm

    What a bit of whimsy! Impressive.

  • Tere July 23, 2010, 8:24 pm

    How creatively cute….love all the colors and the mini version! Thanks for sharing at It's Party Time Thursday at PonyTails&FishScales!

  • Lynne July 23, 2010, 5:26 pm

    That came out really cute. The umbrella is especially inspired!

  • Erin July 23, 2010, 3:59 pm

    This is absolutely fantastic! My daughter would flip over this!!! Great job!


  • Larri @ Seams Inspired July 23, 2010, 12:22 pm

    Fabulous! Any child would love this. Found you at Simply Designing. Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday! :o)

  • Jennifer Sikora July 23, 2010, 12:21 pm

    That is adorable! I am your newest follower!

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