How to Make Our Generation Ice Cream Truck

Posted on Dec 2 2015 - 4:36pm by Rudy

Our Generation Ice Cream Truck

How to Make Our Generation Ice Cream Truck

A few weeks ago Our Generation added an awesome item to their website.  The Our Generation Ice Cream Truck.  It even made it to Target’s website! However, even though it’s being shown on both sites, it not available yet!  How frustrating is that?  I feel like we say this every time we talk about Our Generation and Target, but man they need to get their act together!  They could dominate in the doll accessory world.  I seriously think they could could lead in doll accessories if they made enough supply for their demand and made it accessible to order online. But, not to worry and no need to be frustrated about this Ice Cream Truck anymore, we’ve made our own!

A few months ago a friend and I were talking about crafts.  The discussion was about really cool things to make for the dolls.  We decided that a food truck needed to be made, but the debate was how to make it and what materials to use.  My first thought was a build.  However, after reading a lot of comments from readers, it seemed that cardboard or foam board would be a better option so more people could make it.  The thought of the food truck craft came and went because I was torn on how to make it.  Until now.  Thanks OG! And, we have designed plans for the food truck so you can build it with wood, MDF, cardboard, or foam board!  In our craft video, we show you how we made it with the plans out of foam board.

The plans are very close to the Our Generation Ice Cream Truck with a few tweaks.  We made it so that we can change the type of food truck it is by switching out the menu and food items in it.  As always, we can’t wait to see your version and the fun things we know you will add to make it better!

Watch and tell us if your dolls would love a food truck!

Materials Needed:

  1. Foam Board (I used four 1/2″ sheets)
  2. X-acto Knife
  3. Ruler or Yard stick
  4. Pencil
  5. Craft Paint
  6. Hot Glue
  7. Aluminum Duct Tape *Optional
  8. Ice Cream Truck Menu
  9. Ice Cream Truck Wheels

A few items we added from previous crafts:

  1. Popsicles & Otterpops
  2. Stools 
  3. Paper Towels
  4. Ice Cream Vats from Cold Stone

Cut List:

  • 1 – 1/2” @ 23” x 10 1/2” – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2” @ 24 1/4” x 19 1/2” – Sides
  • 1 – 1/2” @ 19 1/2” x 10 1/2” – Back
  • 1 – 1/2” @ 18 3/4” x 11 1/2” – Top
  • 1 – 1/2” @ 10 1/2” x 8” – Front
  • 1 – 1/2” @ 10 1/2” x 3 1/2” – Top of Front
  • 1 – 1/2” @ 10 1/2” x 3” – Top of Lower Shelf
  • 2 – 1/2” @ 5 1/4” x 3” – Supports for Lower Shelf
  • 1 – 1/2” @ 14 3/4” x 11 3/4” – Countertop
  • 2 – 1/2” @ 11 1/2” x 1 3/4” – Wheel Supports
  • 4 – 1/2” @ 3 1/2” diameter – Wheels

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How to Make Our Generation Ice Cream Truck was last modified: March 21st, 2017 by Rudy

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

  1. avi December 11, 2016 at 12:45 pm -

    thank you so much. you are a gifted and kind hearted person. could you make a steering wheel for this

  2. Abby November 15, 2016 at 1:51 pm -

    i made it it turned out great

  3. RGivens July 25, 2016 at 8:18 am -

    If I was using mdf board, how much would I need? Thank you

  4. kate July 18, 2016 at 1:24 pm -

    Esther,
    the printables are on the list that says Materials Needed. they are highlighted in light blue.

  5. kate July 16, 2016 at 11:43 am -

    and squirt puffy paint

  6. kate July 16, 2016 at 11:42 am -

    can you make a video for ice cream bars? i thought you could get brown craft foam and glue two pieces together and then squirt white or any filling you what in the craft foam and BOOM your done!!

  7. Cristin April 22, 2016 at 3:26 pm -

    Thanks of much for this pattern! We just finished our truck and we love it! You can see how it turned out on our blog! Thank you for always being willing to share your creativity with others!

    http://americangirlatplay.blogspot.com/2016/04/ice-creamfood-truck.html

  8. Peanut butter spaghetti... March 30, 2016 at 4:43 am -

    Can you make Lea Clarks rainforest house?

  9. Alexis Snow March 25, 2016 at 1:23 pm -

    how do you print your stuff?

  10. Esther March 15, 2016 at 1:36 pm -

    Amazing craft! Where do I print out the
    Printables?

  11. Nutters February 17, 2016 at 7:02 am -

    Made the truck! So much fun creating… thanks for sharing! The only difficult task was cutting the 1/2″ foam board, OMG! Is there a trick as to not shred it as you’re cutting? Found my foam board at Blick’s.

    • Rudy February 17, 2016 at 8:44 am -

      We LOVE Blicks! You really just need a long fresh blade. A utility knife will do the trick and give you a straight smooth edge. FoamWerks tools are really good too and worth the small investment because we have many more foam board projects to come!

  12. janiece varela February 1, 2016 at 12:58 pm -

    Is the DOC to PDF safe just got a tune up on my computer don’t want viruses thanks janiece

    • Rudy February 1, 2016 at 1:30 pm -

      Everything on this site is safe, you can check the virus scan below on the site lock secure. It is at the bottom of the page.

  13. janiece varela January 30, 2016 at 12:10 am -

    cant find the pattern for the ice cream truck got the foam board at the dollar tree can u tell where the pattern is thanks happy crafting everyone

  14. D. January 27, 2016 at 3:00 pm -

    How do you print?

  15. bwecky redford January 25, 2016 at 3:53 pm -

    I was playing with a doll scene that I made. Then i got my horse and played with that too.Then I thought what if it was pulling something. Then that led to a carriage ,I was wondering if you could make a doll carriage?

  16. bwecky redford January 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm -

    i was playing with a outside scene i had just had made and a horse then i thought what if it was pulling some thing the that led to a carrige and i was wondering if you could make the instructions how to make a doll carrige?

  17. Rosewater creek dolls January 20, 2016 at 7:45 am -

    Please make the campus snack cart!

  18. Tracy January 9, 2016 at 8:51 pm -

    I found the OG truck at my target, it was on sale because someone returned it, however it’s missing two of the ice cream pans, i see you made some yourself, but the containers don’t fit the truck. any ideas?

    • Rudy January 9, 2016 at 11:56 pm -

      I would try smaller containers like condiment containers. If those are still too small I would just wait and be on the lookout for something the same size.

  19. Jeremy January 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm -

    I used Elmers Foam Board sheets, 20″ x 30″ x 1/2″. I had to use 5 sheets. Might have been able to use 4, but was just cutting in picture order. Could you add pictures of the top, bottom, front, top of front, and wheel supports as well? Also, maybe which cuts on which sheet? This may help in keeping foam board costs down, since it is probably the most expensive piece. Thanks again, I am loving this project.

    • Rudy January 9, 2016 at 1:26 pm -

      So glad you love it. Elmers foam board is my favorite, but a lot of people just grab the dollar tree foam board. I am making GOTY Lea’s fruit stand out of foam board and the plans should be up by tomorrow. I am trying something new so hopefully it’s easier to follow and cut.

  20. Olivia Wilson January 9, 2016 at 11:49 am -

    This is what I got: http://www.michaels.com/elmers-foam-boards/M10185624.html?dwvar_M10185624_color=White#q=Foam+Board&start=4
    In 18×24 size. It was exactly the same, but a 2 pack.

  21. Olivia Wilson January 9, 2016 at 11:47 am -

    It was the biggest Foam Board my Michaels had 🙁

  22. Olivia Wilson January 9, 2016 at 11:39 am -

    The problem with MY Foam Board is that it is too small. It’s 18×24. Not sure what to do. My dad already helped me cut the 2 sides out, but I’m worried that it will be too small for the roof and floor. I bought 4 sheets of it.

  23. Jeremy January 9, 2016 at 10:21 am -

    My daughter came across this on You Tube Kids and I am in the process of making it now. Just wondering why you made the truck 19 1/2″ inches high, when the foam board comes in 20″ height. If you make the height, 20″, you could eliminate several cuts and ensure a cleaner bottom edge of the truck. Just a suggestion for future. Thanks for posting the plans, my daughter and I are having fun.

    • Rudy January 9, 2016 at 10:45 am -

      I actually left mine at the full 20″, however I used the 19 1/2″ because some foam board people get only goes to 19 1/2″. Does that make sense? So I used dimensions for the smallest foam board you can get for this project, but as always you can tweak for what you have.

  24. Jen January 3, 2016 at 3:32 pm -

    How do you print out the pattern instructions? I downloaded the doc to PDF but can’t figure out from there how to print? This is so cute & my daughter & I are eager to get started! I think I have already cut down on time by buying colored foam board! No need to paint! Thanks for all the great ideas you post!

  25. Jo January 2, 2016 at 6:15 pm -

    when will the printable pattern come out for the icecream truck so can copy the paqttern

  26. Kendra January 1, 2016 at 4:53 pm -

    How long did this take you to make? My daughter and I saw the ice cream truck at Target today, but we were already on our way to buy materials for this. I’m about half way done and I’m excited to finish it so my daughter can play. Thank you so much for offering these plans for free 🙂

    • Rudy January 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm -

      You’re welcome! It took us a few days because we did a little at a time each day after homework! 😉

  27. kim December 21, 2015 at 11:26 am -

    how do you make all of this cute ice cream

  28. Olivia Wilson December 5, 2015 at 10:32 pm -

    I just bought the supplies for this today ? I can’t wait to make it with my dad!

  29. Olivia Wilson December 4, 2015 at 11:30 pm -

    How did you make the milkshake? It looks so yummy!

  30. ginnie December 4, 2015 at 7:24 pm -

    This is so cool! (jaw drop) We don’t have Target in Canada anymore. 🙁 When we did, we had so much fun browsing through all of the accessory sets by Our Generation. Unfortunately, they didn’t keep their shelves stocked very well, so a lot of the time our doll aisle was pretty empty.

  31. marley December 4, 2015 at 7:20 pm -

    you can buy the foam board at walmart for a good prise

  32. Olivia Wilson December 4, 2015 at 5:17 pm -

    Totally helpful! Thanks Rudy! $6.99 is a lot of money for Foam Board, so hopefully I can get them on sale. My Michaels gift card is only $15, and I want to buy supplies for your Pizza Party Craft also. But it’s ok. I’ll get the Foam Board instead. So, if I’m understanding this right, the Foam Board you used is half an inch thick? What about Length and Width?

  33. Olivia Wilson December 3, 2015 at 11:43 pm -

    Hey Rudy, I have a few questions for you: Where did you get the Foam Board for this craft? How much does each sheet cost? How many will I need for this craft? Can I use Spray Paint on it? (I hope that’s not too many questions, and that you can answer them soon.) ~ Olivia Wilson?

    • Rudy December 4, 2015 at 6:44 am -

      The foam board I purchased is from Michaels. I used four sheets with scraps leftover for the net craft. Each sheet is $6.99 full price, but you can use a 50% coupon on it or wait for a sale. I got them on sale for a little over $2 each. I wouldn’t use spray paint because spray paint can puddle up even when your spraying careful and then the foam board will get too wet and warp/sag. But you can always try it. I just didn’t want to chance it. Hope this helps!

  34. buzzy December 3, 2015 at 5:21 pm -

    so cute

  35. Speechteacher December 3, 2015 at 1:50 pm -

    I completely agree with your comments regarding Our Generation. I recently contacted them regarding the lack of availability and they responded with a generic answer to the problem. The recommended purchasing on Target (duh!), Amazon, and Ebay (overpriced alternatives). I asked about the availability of the ice cream truck by Christmas and they replied that they had no control of how or when Target stocks. With your awesome tutorial, they have definitely lost out on some business. I’d send them a copy of your posting, but I’m sure it wuoldn’t phase them.

  36. Kalina Sperry December 3, 2015 at 12:14 pm -

    Could you make the AG carriage?

  37. Julia H December 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm -

    super cute!I thought you were useing wood for it and I don’t useally do the crafts with wood because i dont have the materials but i was excited to see that you were useing foam board!BTW can you make a food craft soon i’m egar for my dolls to try new foods!

  38. Grace December 3, 2015 at 10:58 am -

    How thick was the foam core you used?

  39. Arianna December 3, 2015 at 6:13 am -

    so cool!

  40. sharon December 3, 2015 at 5:58 am -

    I absolutely agree about OG doll accessories!!!!! If they would sell on Amazon or off their own web site it would be wonderful!!! I went to one of our Target stores yesterday looking for the new small accessory boxes – they had 0. I am tired of going from Target to Target and ending up empty handed!!!!
    Love your posts!! Sharon

  41. Flo December 3, 2015 at 3:58 am -

    This is really cute, love it! I have thought about making a camper like Laney’s using foamboard so I was happy to see this.

    I agree about the distribution of OG products, it is so frustrating! I wish they would just open a website store and quit dealing with Target. They could make a small fortune.

  42. Olivia Wilson December 2, 2015 at 10:12 pm -

    Would Spray Paint work for this? I don’t want to use a bunch of Craft Paint, but I will if I have to!?

  43. Olivia Wilson December 2, 2015 at 10:03 pm -

    Yes, I agree with Julia H. It should have more food!!! It is very cute already, but it just needs a little more

  44. Olivia Wilson December 2, 2015 at 10:01 pm -

    SOOOOOOOOOOOO CUUUUUUUUTE! I NEED to make this!!!!!
    (I litterally NEED to!!!!)

  45. Cristin December 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm -

    Fabulous — thanks for sharing your creativity!
    We are going to try making it in wood.

  46. MaddiesMom December 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm -

    Great video! Definitely on my to-do list!

  47. Julia M. H. December 2, 2015 at 6:50 pm -

    Could you make more food for this truck, PLEASE!!!! Super cute, Amazing job! I am glad that this in not made of wood, though you could try it with wood. Super Job!

  48. maria December 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm -

    This is perfect. What a great video!

  49. Adriana December 2, 2015 at 6:41 pm -

    Love the video, you are super talented

  50. Rebecca December 2, 2015 at 5:22 pm -

    Cute Idea, and it looks just like the real thing! 😀

  51. tiff-a-turkey December 2, 2015 at 4:43 pm -

    This is so cute! now if only I had the talent to make this:)