American Girl Ice Cream Shop

Posted on Aug 6 2015 – 9:30am
by Rudy

American Girl Ice Cream Shop


American Girl Ice Cream Shop

This has been one exciting project!  It has taken a few days longer than expected because during the course of the craft we kept changing ideas and adding pieces, which isn’t a bad thing.  The kids were full blast with creativity and hands on help.  About a week ago I posted a question in four different Facebook groups asking which Ice Cream Shop we should replicate and make printables for.  Cold Stone Creamery came in first by far, but trailing in second was the Generic no name option.  I think this is a win win for first and second place because you can always make your own labels for a generic store!  Just use the same concept for the Cold Stone we have made.  This project is really about the ice cream counter.  How to create the counter, make the ice cream vats, place them on or in the counter, and set up the glass in front of the ice cream. (Note*I have my vats sitting at an angle, but they do fit level down into the opening in the counter.)  A lot of this project will need your own unique finishing touches.  I love projects like this because even though we made an example, you can take it and twist it into your own version.  The kids and I love looking at the similar crafts!  Please share them on the Brag Page when you can.  It’s fun to browse through everyones creations!  So, here it is!  Tell us what you think!

Materials Needed:

  1. Foam Board
  2. Hot Glue Gun
  3. Clear Laminated Sheet or Recycled Packaging
  4. Scrap Book Paper *Optional
  5. Baby Food Containers or Condiment Containers (Note, the baby food containers will be bigger than the ranch, honey mustard, etc. containers)
  6. Testing Spoons from an Ice Cream Shop
  7. Silver Craft or Spray Paint
  8. Caulk Plus Silicone
  9. Cotton Balls
  10. Food Coloring
  11. Small Containers for TIPS and test spoons *Mine were recycled Baby Bottle Pops
  12. Concession Candy Printables & Other Mix Ins
  13. Cold Stone Printables
  14. Menu Printable
  15. Menu 2 Printable
  16. Sticker Paper *Optional
  17. Red Cold Stone Cup Printables
  18. White Cold Stone Cup Printables
  19. Ice Cream FlavorsPrintables
  20. Tape
  21. Mod Podge
  22. Your own furnishings to complete the shop!

American Girl Ice Cream Shop


  • I have a favorite spray paint that doesn’t run or streak or flicker.  Rust-Oleum Painters Touch 2X Ultra Cover Paint & Primer Metallic Aluminum.  This stuff is great!  I am not a spray painter.  I get too impatient to finish the craft!  This stuff dries almost instantly and it works on everything!  I wouldn’t recommend a product like this unless I really think it’s the best.  For me so far it has been the best spray paint ever!!
  • Of course you can just substitute any small spoon for the tester spoons.  But where’s the fun in that?  Take a field trip and get your ice cream testing on!
  • Mix Ins-This is where it will be fun to see everyone’s own unique version.  We used concession candy that we made a long time ago.  It was perfect for our mix ins because our mix in display (clear tray from Target One Spot) didn’t have a lid.  If you have tiny square jars you might want to make each mix in differently!  Anything works right?!  When we went to Cold Stone for inspiration they had candy for the mix ins still in wrappers and packaging, so you can’t go wrong no matter how you choose to do yours!
  • I used Sticker Paper for my ice cream labels and some signs this time.  I’ve always wanted to do it but haven’t and then the fabulous reader Gina told me she was using it for a lot of our printables so I had to jump on board.  They are wonderful!  Thanks Gina!

Our inspiration trip to Cold Stone! 

American Girl Ice Cream Shop

American Girl Ice Cream Shop

Watch & please comment or share the video with your doll friends!

***Important***Please do not post, upload or sell these printables.  These printables are property of and are offered here for FREE.  If you want to share these printables with a Facebook group, website, blog, or friend, you can simply link back to this post.  Thank you.

American Girl Ice Cream Shop was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

54 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Alyse
    October 9, 2016 at 10:56 am –

    Does craft paint mean acrylic paint?

  2. Rudy
    September 18, 2016 at 8:20 am –

    It’s from an OG set. But you can find Banana bunches from Hobby Lobby and Michaels.

  3. Savannah
    June 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm –

    How much from board am I going to need?

  4. Linda
    April 2, 2016 at 9:46 am –

    where did you get your doll money for the tips box? Thanks!

  5. Olivia Wilson
    March 16, 2016 at 7:36 pm –

    Ahhhhh. now I know what Caulk you used! I have the EXACT same one!

  6. Esther
    March 15, 2016 at 9:25 am –

    Thanks for your help, Rudy! How do I get the printables?

  7. Olivia Wilson
    March 14, 2016 at 9:26 pm –

    I use the Costco Sample Spoons for my dolls, and they would be great for this! I have been really getting into the Ice Cream theme scenes and the stuff in them!

  8. Olivia Wilson
    March 14, 2016 at 9:22 pm –

    What kind of caulk did you use for the Ice Cream?

  9. Esther
    March 14, 2016 at 3:02 pm –

    Rudy, amazing craft. Where did you get your craft foam board from?

    • Rudy
      March 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm –

      I get it from Blick, a local art supply store. You can also find it at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. The Dollar Tree also has it, but it’s a lesser quality.

  10. Carly
    February 21, 2016 at 6:18 am –

    Where did you get the cash register and the container that hold the candy? Thanks-Carly

    • Rudy
      February 21, 2016 at 9:08 am –

      The cash register is from a My Life As snack stand. I painted it silver. The clear candy container is from Target $1 spot.

  11. janiece varela
    February 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm –

    ok download the doc -pdf now how do i print the project out the dierctions

  12. Alyssa
    January 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm –

    Thanks for the recommendation of anything but caulk! I made my own one and added some of my own goodies including some of the stuff from my hot cocoa stand (marshmallows, nuts, cinnamon sticks) and i made chocolate sauce doing the same method as the hot chocolate in the hot cocoa stand. i also added a newspaper stand for the customers from your newspaper video!

    I direct messaged a photo of it to you on my mums instagram :]

  13. Alyssa
    January 8, 2016 at 12:59 am –

    Hi Rudy,

    Love this craft!!! I made the og ice cream truck and i have no ice cream! I was wondering if there in an alternative to using caulk?? Thanks!

    • Rudy
      January 8, 2016 at 8:27 am –

      You can use puffy paint. I would stuff the containers with cotton balls or pom poms first to fill the space. You can also use smaller containers like condiment containers that we used for the lunchables. If you don’t have puffy paint you can mix craft paint with shaving cream. Hope these alternatives help!

  14. Kennedy
    December 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm –

    How do you Get the printibles?

  15. Alexa Delucas
    November 23, 2015 at 9:39 am –

    Can you please make a video on how to make the napkin part. Thanks!?

  16. Kaitlyn
    October 21, 2015 at 9:22 am –

    Hi I was watching your video on how to make it make the cold stone but is there any thing else you can use besides baby food plastic jars? Please let me know if not I will figure some thing out! Thanks!

    P.S. I love your pinterest page!


    • Rudy
      October 21, 2015 at 9:23 am –

      I think you can use condiment containers from food places!

  17. Kaitlyn
    October 20, 2015 at 11:04 am –

    Super cute!!!!! But how do you make he ice cream? BUT amazing work I’m going to try to make it!

    • Rudy
      October 20, 2015 at 11:07 am –

      I showed how to make the Ice Cream in the video!

  18. loveagcrafts
    October 7, 2015 at 7:29 am –

    hi, i love your crafts, where did you get the container for the candy?

  19. Elaine
    August 27, 2015 at 10:22 am –

    One other thing I forgot to mention: I accidentally broke the thin strip of foam board that holds the ice cream buckets in place as we were moving it so to strengthen both “strips”, I hot glued a dowel from a s’mores kit, cut to size, underneath. The dowel is about an 1/8″ in diameter. ?

  20. Elizabeth
    August 24, 2015 at 11:21 am –

    I just printed all the printables and I can’t wait to get started on this! I didn’t see a sheet that had the ice cream names on it. Did I miss it? Thanks Rudy!

    • Rudy
      August 25, 2015 at 11:58 am –

      I’m sorry, I forgot to include them! The materials list is updated now and they are added. Thanks for the heads up!

  21. Elaine
    August 22, 2015 at 12:04 pm –


    Your creations are amazing! My daughter and I just finished making this and it turned out great! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

  22. Linda
    August 12, 2015 at 8:21 pm –

    This is so cute! You have wonderful creativity and inspire all of us. Thank you so much!

  23. Anne
    August 12, 2015 at 10:43 am –


  24. Natalie
    August 10, 2015 at 1:36 pm –

    How did you make the ice cream?

  25. Gina Griffin
    August 8, 2015 at 3:57 pm –

    Rudy, so cute! Where did you get the plastic candy container? Thank you-Gina

  26. Rebecca
    August 8, 2015 at 11:35 am –

    Wild honey only is in Pensacola Florida. That is probably why you have never heard of it!

  27. Katie
    August 8, 2015 at 5:05 am –

    Awesome I think my sister just had a heart attack she loves it so much! P.S. Same here!LOL

  28. Rebecca
    August 7, 2015 at 7:45 am –

    Okay thanks!

  29. Kelly Allen
    August 6, 2015 at 10:16 pm –

    I love all your creations , we have a entire room for our AG dolls and have 8 dolls and lots of stuff would love to keep making things because I love crafting ,so my question is how do you display or store all your creations? We are running out of space.

    • Rudy
      August 7, 2015 at 7:49 am –

      The big stuff is put on a shelf or in a doll room. The small stuff when not in use is put in plastic bin drawer for easy access when needed to be played with. If it is an entire scene that needs to be taken down and switched out, I use the plastic tubs and label them. That way when it’s time to put the scene back up, everything is together. That’s why it’s nice to make more than one thing sometimes because several scenes might use the same items!

  30. Laura
    August 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm –

    Where did you get the chairs?

    • Rudy
      August 6, 2015 at 9:44 pm –

      These are Molly’s.

  31. Rebecca
    August 6, 2015 at 6:37 pm –

    and i have no clue what caulk is. Could i use puffy paint squirted into the little cups?

    • Rudy
      August 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm –

      I’m sure you could. Caulk gives you more for half the cost though. There is a link above under materials needed showing you what type of caulk silicone I used. You can also find it at any hardware store or Walmart.

  32. Rebecca
    August 6, 2015 at 6:35 pm –

    Decided on wild honey! I have never been to coldstone, but i have been to wild honey! I love the rustic feel!

    • Rudy
      August 6, 2015 at 9:45 pm –

      I have never even heard of Wild Honey! I will have to look it up!

  33. Tina
    August 6, 2015 at 6:04 pm –

    Hi, I loooove this! I can’t seem to get the menu printables to fit a normal page. It cuts the last part of it off every time! Any suggestions??

    • Rudy
      August 6, 2015 at 9:46 pm –

      Your printer settings must be set to something custom. Under print preview make sure to check “print entire image” NOT “fill entire page”

  34. Laura
    August 6, 2015 at 3:27 pm –

    So cool!!!!! I am going to try and do that!!!!

  35. Christina
    August 6, 2015 at 1:29 pm –

    This is amazing!!!! The details are so well done!

  36. Rebecca
    August 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm –

    I HAVE to make this! I am debating between this and a wild honey.

  37. Becca
    August 6, 2015 at 11:48 am –

    Can you make an American girl salon?

    • Rudy
      August 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm –

      Yes! That is on the list to make soon!

  38. Kristy
    August 6, 2015 at 10:53 am –

    This is great!!! I cannot wait to finish my current project to be able to try this one!!! Your video makes it all look So easy!!!

    One question, what did you use for the napkin dispenser?

    Thank you for doing these!!!!

    • Rudy
      August 6, 2015 at 11:19 am –

      Thanks! The napkin dispenser is from the OG Diner set. Maybe we should make our own though???

  39. Ann
    August 6, 2015 at 10:52 am –

    Amazing! Love all the details and the wonderful tutorial! Thank you for sharing!