DIY Ice Cream Sandwich Pincushion for Ice Cream Month

Did you know July is Ice Cream Month?! Longtime readers will know we love our novelty holidays here at The Small Adventurer, so when I discovered July was Ice Cream Month, I knew I had to celebrate this super sweet day 😋

I’ve actually had this project in my never-ending list of project ideas since last year, as 2018 was the year of ice cream sandwiches in our household. For some reason, Daniel and I bought a pack of them on a whim, and we became obsessed straightaway! We could not get enough of them, and couldn’t believe that we had gone so long without ever trying them before.

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After a while of buying a new packet every week, I realised how much their tiny little holes looked like the perfect place to put sewing needles (which is quite a strange train of thought, not that I’ve written it down…), and immediately got to brainstorming how I could make a pincushion that looks like an ice cream sandwich.

I knew I wanted to make the inside from a block of styrofoam as that’s what I did for my last DIY pincushion (I think it’s a lot sturdier than just filling them with fluff!), but didn’t know what to use for the top and bottom – until I saw this pin of someone who made an ice cream sandwich postcard and used a sheet of foam for the top!

As foam sheets are one of my FAVOURITE things to use in DIY projects (I used some in both my box of fries DIY place cards, AND my letter board DIY place cards!), I already had a huge collection of them in different colours, so it seemed like the perfect choice.

Then, after a little sketching, cutting, and gluing, I had finally made the ice cream sandwich pincushion that I had been planning for so long 🙌 Keep on reading to find out how to make your own!


♡ Rectangle or square block of styrofoam
♡ Brown foam sheet
♡ Tracing paper
♡ Pencil
♡ Ruler
♡ Scissors
♡ Craft glue
♡ Small, blunt circular item to make the indents (you could even use the round tip of a sewing needle!)
♡ White paint and paint brush (optional)


1. Lay your block of styrofoam on top of your brown craft foam and trace around it, adding 2-3mm onto each side so that the craft foam is a little wider and longer.

I chose to slightly curve the corners as most ice cream sandwiches seem to do that, but it’s up to you if you’d like to do this too. Repeat this step a second time so you have two identical foam pieces.

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2. Cut out both shapes that you just traced, being extra careful on the curved corners are craft foam doesn’t always cut perfectly.

3. Place one of your craft foam sheets in front of you vertically. Using your ruler and blunt circular object (I used the tip of one of my many fondant tools), measure and press where you want your indents to be on one of the sheets of foam.

I started from the top left side, and added my first indent 1.5cm down and inwards, then continued adding a new indent horizontally every 1.5cm.

4. Go down the piece of foam the another 1.5 cm, but start your new line of dots in the middle of the two above, then continue adding them every 1.5cm across like you did the line above.

5. Continue steps 3 and 4 until your foam sheets is covered in indents. If you think they’re too shallow, you can always go back and press a little harder with your circular object later on. I chose to only put indents one on of the sheets as you will only see one side when you’re using it, but you can put them on both sides if you’d like!

6. If you had to cut your styrofoam block to size like I did, chances are the sides aren’t as smooth as you would like, so I chose to add a coat of paint to the outsides of it to make it look neater. If you wish to do the same, do that now.

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7. Once your paint has dried, add some craft glue to the top of it, and place one of your foam sheets on top. After the glue has dried, flip over the block, add some craft glue to that side, and place the other sheet on top of that. When that has dried, you will have a super sweet and unique pincushion 😋

I honestly cannot stop smiling as this adorable little creation! For such a simple project, it has a really fun outcome, and is another step forward in my life’s goal to have my home be accurately described as a “dessert museum” ☺️

I am having SO much fun dedicating this month’s creations to my wonderful boyfriend, and cannot thank our 2018 selves enough for deciding to give ice cream sandwiches a try because are lives are even sweeter now that they are in it 🙌 I hope you like this project as much as I do!

Until next time,
Indya xx

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20 thoughts on “DIY Ice Cream Sandwich Pincushion for Ice Cream Month

  1. This is super cute! I need to make one, esp. since I recently jabbed myself with needles and pins that were floating around my sewing basket. (fail!) Also, yay for national ice cream month!


    • Thank you so much! Whilst the foam isn’t as long-lasting since you can’t go wildly stabbing your pins like you can with fluff, it is SO much sturdier, which is what I was looking for. As long as your gentle, this should last a long time! ☺️


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