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The school year is almost over, the temps are heating up and we’re spending almost every hour of our day outdoors. All this means one thing… summer is quickly approaching! And when I think of what typifies summer most for me & my family, I always come to one singular conclusion: ice cream! There’s nothing better than a cold frozen fruit bar on a hot summer day so today I’ll be sharing the tutorial for making a DIY Ice Cream Truck Serving Station- perfect for serving our favorite Nestlé® Drumstick® Cones and OUTSHINE® Tangerine Frozen Fruit Bars at play dates, birthday parties & more!
DIY Ice Cream Truck Serving Station
Growing up, the jingle of the local ice cream truck would evoke so many feelings of excitement & joy. I remember playing in the neighborhood park with my friends and hearing that iconic tune and running over to my mom to ask for a few bucks. Then my friends and I would check out the options on the side of the truck and place our orders. Then would come the best part: diving into cold, sweet ice cream under a tree. Yes, my memories of ice cream trucks from my childhood run deep.
That’s why when I was thinking of the best way to serve ice cream cones at our house, I immediately thought: why not serve it right out of an ice cream truck? Made from a box, paint & other basic supplies, this Ice Cream Truck Serving Station is the perfect way to bring a little summer whimsy to your next gathering!
Last week, I picked up Nestlé Drumstick Cones and OUTSHINE Tangerine Frozen Fruit Bars during a recent trip to Stop & Shop. I love that the Drumstick Cones feature a decadent balance of creamy vanilla and rich fudge. The delicious chocolate-y finish makes this the perfect frozen snack for a little sweet “me” time. The OUTSHINE Tangerine Frozen Fruit Bars feature tangerine juice as the first ingredient so it’s a bold & juicy flavor! I love that the OUTSHINE Tangerine Frozen Fruit Bars are fat-free, gluten-free and made without high fructose corn syrup. By the way, click here to take advantage of a fabulous load-to-card offer, in which you can save $1 when you buy any 2 OUTSHINE, Skinny Cow Ice Cream, or Drumsticks at Stop & Shop (offer valid: 5/27/18-6/16/18).
Ready to get started with this tutorial? Start with a cardboard box, some foam board, a utility knife and a pair of scissors. Make sure that the box you choose is not too narrow or too big or too wide. The box will become the main part of the ice cream truck, so keep that in mind when selecting your cardboard box. I found this cardboard box in my daughter’s closet from an old toy.
Next, cut out pieces from the foam board to form the front part (the hood) of the ice cream truck:
- (2) Rectangular pieces: these will form the top & front of the hood!
- (2) Trapezoidal pieces: these will form the sides of the hood!
The best way to measure these pieces is as follows: Measure the width of the cardboard box- make that the width of the rectangular pieces. Attach them to the box to form the top & front of the hood. Then turn the box to the side and trace the opening (side part of the hood) onto some foam board to determine the exact measurements of the side pieces. Attach the foam board to the box with hot glue. Now our truck has a hood and is looking much better already!
Bring the truck outdoors and spray paint with a pale pink color. Let dry a few hours.
Now it’s time for my favorite part: decorating the truck! First I used some construction paper (yellow & black) and some aluminum foil to add tires, headlights and a windshield to the truck.
It’s really coming together now, right?
I added some alphabet stickers (spelling the phrase “ice cream”) & some rainbow stickers onto the hood.
On the side of the truck, I added a strip of polka dot washi tape, large puffy ice cream cone stickers, and the cut-out label of the Nestlé Drumstick Cones package. This totally reminds me of the posters adhered to the sides of real ice cream trucks from my childhood!
On the top of the truck, I used the utility knife to cut out strips for the OUTSHINE Tangerine Frozen Fruit Bars and small X’s for the Nestlé Drumstick Cones. These delicious frozen snacks will be sitting pretty on top of this colorful truck!
Now our favorite frozen fruit bars can be served right from this DIY Ice Cream Truck!
I am so happy with how this project turned out. And I just know it’s going to be such a hit at birthday parties, play dates and other special occasions at our house throughout the summer.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the load-to-card offer: you can save $1 when you buy any 2 OUTSHINE, Skinny Cow Ice Cream, or Drumstick at Stop & Shop. Click here (offer valid: 5/27/18-6/16/18) to take advantage of this awesome deal! Be sure to look for Nestlé Drumstick Cones and OUTSHINE Tangerine Frozen Fruit Bars at your local Stop & Shop store.
Celebrate summer with Nestlé Drumstick Cones this year! How do you serve ice cream at your house? Would you make an ice cream truck serving station?