Ice Cream Sandwich Box

by Barb Mullikin

Make an ice cream sandwich shaped gift/ treat box.

Supplies

  • Cardstock cut to 6 7/8” x 7 3/8” for box, 2 5/8” x 7” for divider tray, 2 pieces at 3 1/4” x 6” for cookies
  • Patterned paper cut to 3/4” x 12” and 4 pieces cut to 1” x 3” (Tasty Treats Specialty Designer Series Paper used here)
  • Paper trimmer with scoring blade (or other scoring tool)
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Piercing tool and mat
  • Corner rounder punch (Envelope Punch board used here)
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Stampin' Up! products used here - Cool Treats stamp set, Frozen Treats Framelits Dies, Thick Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder cardstocks, Silver Foil Sheets, Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder Classic Stampin' Pads, Owl Builder Punch, Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit, Grid Paper, Big Shot; Hershey Nuggets, gift card)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    To make the box, place the long side of the 6 7/8” x 7 3/8” piece of cardstock at the top of the trimmer. Use the scoring blade to score at 5/8”, 3 3/8”, 4” and 6 3/4”. Rotate the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 5/8” from each edge.

  2. Step 2

    Fold on all score lines and burnish them flat with a bone folder. Cut out the middle squares at the center of both long sides. On the shorter sides, cut a very slim triangle from the edge to the score line at all four corners.

    TIP:

    Make all these cuts at a slight angle so the box will fit together better

  3. Step 3

    Add adhesive to the two tabs on one end and fold up to create the bottom of the box.

  4. Close the box and add adhesive to the two remaining tabs to finish the box assembly. This will ensure that the box top is slightly larger than the box bottom for ease in opening and closing. This is the ice cream layer in the sandwich. Set aside.

  5. Step 4

    To make the insert, place the long side of the 2 5/8” x 7” piece of cardstock at the top of the trimmer. Use the scoring blade to score at 3/4", 1 1/4" and 1 3/4” from each end. Fold the two inner score lines up towards you, the middle score lines away from you and the outermost score lines up towards you. Burnish all score lines.

  6. Step 5

    Pinch the center score line on each side and place the insert in the box bottom to create three compartments. The two on the ends will hold wrapped Hershey’s Nuggets and the center will hold a gift card.

  7. Step 6

    Stack the two 3 1/4” x 6” cardstock pieces with a 3 1/4" x 6” piece of grid paper on a piercing mat. Keeping all three layers together, pierce holes starting in the upper left corner. Go in two squares and down two squares and pierce the first hole at this intersection. Continue along this line adding a hole every other intersection.

  8. Skip a row and add a hole in the first intersection. Continue along this row adding a hole every other intersection. Continue doing this until you have added all the pierced holes.

  9. Step 7

    Flip each piece over and gently run a bone folder over the cardstock to slightly flatten the pierced holes. This allows for better adhesion to the box but still leaves the holes on the front to resemble the cookies of an Ice Cream Sandwich.

  10. Step 8

    Use a corner rounder to round the corners of the cookie pieces.

  11. Step 9

    Add liquid glue to the bottom of the box and add one of the pierced pieces, centering it.

    Repeat this step with the other pierced piece, adhering it to the top of the box.

  12. Step 10

    Wrap each 1” x 3” strip of paper around a Hershey’s Nugget and secure it on the bottom with a mini Glue Dot. Add the candies to the box along with a gift card.

  13. Step 11

    Place the box on top of the 3/4" x 12” strip of paper. Fold the strip up and over the box, creating fold lines as you go. Die cut a label and attach the ends of the belly band to this as the strip will not be long enough.

  14. Cover the label with another die cut label that is larger to hide the ends.

  15. Step 12

    Die cut another small label from white cardstock and choose your decorative elements.

  16. Step 13

    Complete the project.

Video!

Variations

  1. Create a box in any size!

    Determine your finished sandwich measurements, and cut two cookie pieces to size. Pierce as above.

    Cut two box pieces, 1/2" longer and 1/2" wider than the cookies. Score the box pieces at 1/2" from each side. Fold on score lines. Cut tabs, fold in, and adhere to create box corners. Adhere the box pieces to the cookie pieces (note: this is a different box style than the box above - the bottom and lid are separate). Embellish as desired.

    The sample is 3" x 5" - cookies were cut to 3" x 5" and the box pieces were cut to 3 1/2" x 5 1/2".

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Ice Cream Sandwich Box. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I LOVE you Ice Cream Treat Box Barb! Would you mind sharing the dimensions for the smaller box as well? Thank you!!
Gloria Plunkett  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 2:59 AM
Love the box! I would like the instructions for the smaller box also.
Teresa Rew  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 6:35 AM
I Love it...thank you for sharing! I would also like to have the dimensions for the smaller box, if possible.
Dawn  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 6:37 AM
That is adorable! I am certainly going to save this to make. So cute! Thank you for sharing!
Cathy Shockley  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 7:22 AM
SO CUTE! JUST IN TIME for summer too! wink
Becky Green  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 7:33 AM
I will add the dimensions for the smaller box as soon as Barb sends them to me! Great idea.
dina  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Wonderful tutorial - great idea! Thank you for Creating!
cheri stucke  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 8:11 AM
What a cute project!! I absolutely love it!
bonniemon  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM
This was so fun and easy! Went together quickly!
muscrat  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 10:56 AM
I love this idea! My friends always ask me for teacher gifts to give at the end of the school year-this is perfect! Thanks!
Diane Devono  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 12:43 PM
Love your ice cream sandwich treat box. I am always amazed at how you think of things like that. I guess I'm not that daring quite yet. It's so cute. Thank you.
Patricia Wilson  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 1:16 PM
Barb - this is absolutely amazing!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your talent and creativity!!!
Phyllis Johnson  |  Wed Apr 19, 2017 at 5:40 PM
This is such a wonderful gift box. I love your piercing of the top panel, just like an ice cream sandwich. I love the sundae label and band around the box! Super Sweet!
Pat Vilbaum  |  Thu Apr 20, 2017 at 10:13 AM
Yum! Yum! What a great idea! TFS
Susy Côté  |  Thu Apr 20, 2017 at 6:29 PM
Is that absurdly cute or what? I also love the hints that could be applied to other projects - like how you added little strips around the chocolate nuggets, and did the triple layer for the label dies. Thank you so much!
Beth Burns  |  Thu Apr 20, 2017 at 7:10 PM
This is so cute, Thank you for sharing. I'm going to make one for my Godson as a gift.
Ruby Wilkes  |  Fri Apr 21, 2017 at 9:20 AM
What a great box. Super cute!
Nancy Williams  |  Sat Apr 22, 2017 at 3:49 AM
So very very yummy. Thank you for such detailed instructions.
Denise Ditmer  |  Fri Apr 28, 2017 at 3:29 PM

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