DIY: ‘Make-Your-Own’ Ice Cream Sundae Kit

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This idea came to me a few summers ago, while picking my brain trying to figure out what to give my 6-year-old neighbor as a birthday gift. As a creative gift-giving individual, I didn’t feel like running down to Walmart and grabbing any regular toy off the shelf. I wanted to give something unique that would bring that WOW factor to her little face. I thought to myself, “What do kids LOVE more then anything?” That’s right, ice cream and junk food! Don’t get me wrong – I love to promote a healthy lifestyle and I understand the importance of good nutrition – but sometimes you just need to indulge, love life, and let kids be kids!

I had seen a few other ‘Make-Your-Own’ Ice Cream Sundae Kits floating around in the world of Pinterest, but none quite suited what I was looking for. Since this was for a younger audience, I wanted to use bright colors and a variety of candy for the kids to pick from. Bulk Barn and Dollarama were amazing resources for this DIY gift!

Here’s what you need to create your own:

  • A tub, box or decorative container to hold your ingredients
  • Cones, waffle cones or waffle bowls
  • Sundae toppings (gummies, chocolates, peanut butter chips etc.)
  • Sundae sauce (caramel, strawberry, chocolate etc.)
  • Sprinkles, of course!
  • Gift tags
  • Clear cellophane bags
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Ice cream on stand-by in the freezer

After gathering all my materials, I carefully wrapped the ingredients in cellophane bags, hand-wrote a gift tag for each and tied them up with a ribbon. I placed some tissue in the bottom to keep the ingredients standing up straight and arranged everything neatly inside the plastic tub.

Let me tell you, this present was as popular as the first batch of freshly baked donuts at a bakery. There was cheering, yelling, excited dancing and possibly even some tears over this basket. Something to be wary of – this neatly-put-together and carefully designed gift will be destroyed by a group of hungry, sugar-crazed children in two seconds flat. So once you are finished getting your kit together, take a few minutes to admire all your hard work and get a couple of good photos before you throw it into the wolf pack.


Use labeled mason jars to hold toppings.

Use labeled mason jars to hold toppings.

Washi tape can be used to close your cellophane bags and add a punch of colour to your kit. It goes nicely with brown cardstock textures.

Washi tape can be used to close your cellophane bags and add a punch of colour to your kit. It goes nicely with brown cardstock textures.

A tin pail would be a great container to hold all of your ingredients.

A tin pail would be a great container to hold all of your ingredients.

Here are some other kits I looked at on Pinterest for inspiration before assembling mine. These would be more suitable for an adult with an avid sweet tooth.