3D Ice Cream Truck – Summer Cut Files

Summer may be winding down, but I am not quite ready to let the season go. So, today we are celebrating the season of sunshine with one more, adorable papercraft! Crank up the instrumental tunes, and make this super cute, 3D ice cream truck.

3D Ice Cream Truck

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I have been wanting to create an ice cream truck for some time now, and I’m so happy that I finally got around to it! Summer is my favorite season, and I’m always looking for ways to revel in this time of year. And, I mean, can it get more summery than this?

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Follow along using the instructions below, or check out this tutorial video.

Supplies

How to Make It

1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D ice cream truck pieces.

Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending them through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.

 

Prep Work

2. Start by layering each of the decorative pieces together, and adding any hand-drawn elements that you’d like. Attach the vellum windows to the inside of the truck pieces. Position the white/gold sections, and layer the wheel pieces on top.

Attach your ice cream cone pieces together.

Then, fold and attach the awning and counter pieces. Use the slits provided to insert the tabs for the awning, and glue them to the inside. Attach the counter by gluing the long tab to the bottom edge of the rectangular opening.

 

Assembling the Truck

3. Take the top/front piece, and attach each tab to the perimeter of one of the side pieces. Glue each tab one at a time, and work your way around.

Then, before attaching the other side, insert the ice cream cones into the roof, and glue the tabs to the inside. Attach the opposite side of the truck.

 

4. With the front, top, and sides in place, attach your back piece, and the longer bottom piece like so.

Optional: For extra stability, assemble the little cube piece, and glue it to the bottom of the truck. This may be helpful if your wheels aren’t quite sturdy enough on their own.

Then, attach your decorative front pieces, including your front bumper and headlights. Attach the back bumper as well.

 

5. Finally, add any final embellishments you desire. Some small circle pieces are included to make a little bunting banner. Just fold them each in half, and glue them to a piece of ribbon or string.

I am so pleased with how this one came together! I am always looking for fun ways to add extra special details to my designs, and I think you’ll find that this project is full of them.

3D Ice Cream Truck

This ice cream truck would make a great centerpiece for a party, or a really fun craft to make with the kiddos! No matter how you put it to use, it is sure to be a hit.

Obviously, the ice cream counter is the main feature of this craft, but I really wanted this project to look great from all sides. That’s why I added the little ice cream sign, the giant cones on top, and the fun little bunting.

3D Ice Cream Truck

I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other 3D freebies available on my blog!

Enjoy making your very own, charming 3D ice cream truck. And don’t forget to share your lovely, finished creation with me on Instagram!

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21 Comments

21 Comments on 3D Ice Cream Truck – Summer Cut Files

  1. Kathy
    August 25, 2021 at 6:41 am (3 months ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing your incredible creation. Your Ice Cream Truck is adorable. I love your color choices and your attention to detail is truly amazing.

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    • Mandee
      August 25, 2021 at 9:29 am (3 months ago)

      Aww, thank you very much Kathy!! 😊

      Reply
  2. auntie em
    August 25, 2021 at 8:43 am (3 months ago)

    What a sweet project! (no pun intended! lol) Not only is the truck itself adorable but the details you have added like the hearts on the hub caps and the lights, the sign on top and adding the pom-poms just makes it perfect! Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂
    (Now I want some ice cream!)

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    • Mandee
      August 25, 2021 at 9:29 am (3 months ago)

      Me too! Ice cream for breakfast is acceptable, right??

      So glad you like the design! 😊

      Reply
  3. Terry
    August 25, 2021 at 9:10 am (3 months ago)

    This is amazing! Thanks so much!

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    • Mandee
      August 25, 2021 at 9:30 am (3 months ago)

      You are very welcome Terry!

      Reply
  4. Shirley
    August 25, 2021 at 10:09 am (3 months ago)

    Oh my gosh!! I love this so much! I will definitely be doing this! Thank you so much for your generosity in sharing you amazing work with us!

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    • Mandee
      August 26, 2021 at 9:41 am (3 months ago)

      Thanks for your kind words Shirley!!

      Reply
  5. Catherine McCrory
    August 26, 2021 at 5:14 am (3 months ago)

    Wow!! That is adorable!! It looks so much better than the ice cream truck that drives by my house almost every day! LOL I told my 6 yr old son that if you hear the ice cream truck playing music, it means they are out of ice cream! LOL

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    • Mandee
      August 26, 2021 at 9:41 am (3 months ago)

      Oh my gosh, that is genius!! 😂

      Reply
  6. Monalisa
    August 26, 2021 at 8:55 am (3 months ago)

    This is amazing and so cute! Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects!

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    • Mandee
      August 26, 2021 at 9:41 am (3 months ago)

      You are very welcome! I’m so glad you like it. 😊

      Reply
  7. Jutta Carstensen
    August 27, 2021 at 3:16 am (3 months ago)

    WoW……..Wahnsinn, echt toll, ganz ganz lieben Dank.
    Das werde ich auf jeden Fall nachwerkeln 🙂
    viele Grüße Jutta

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    • Mandee
      August 27, 2021 at 9:49 am (3 months ago)

      Thank you! Have fun putting it together!!

      Reply
  8. Saskia
    August 27, 2021 at 8:28 am (3 months ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Mandee
      August 27, 2021 at 9:49 am (3 months ago)

      You are very welcome! Glad you like it. 😊

      Reply
  9. Sheri Thomas
    August 28, 2021 at 11:23 am (3 months ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing this file. It is just adorable! All the little details are so cute! I love ice cream!

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    • Mandee
      August 30, 2021 at 11:54 am (3 months ago)

      I’m so glad you like it! Ice cream really is the best!!

      Reply
  10. CYNTHIA CUNHA
    August 29, 2021 at 12:18 pm (3 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing this awesome ice cream truck. I cannot wait to try this!

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    • Mandee
      August 30, 2021 at 11:55 am (3 months ago)

      I’m glad you like it! Have so much fun putting it together!!

      Reply
  11. Dallas Walker
    September 27, 2021 at 7:59 pm (2 months ago)

    Thank you for sharing this adorable ice cream truck. I am looking forward to making this … I going to try and make this off the mat ! , would like suburb as a wall art :).

    Reply

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