Being a dessert company that is intensely focused on ice cream, we’ve recently come to a realization: there aren’t enough cool ice cream cone holders out there. While searching the world wide web for a simple & fun holder, we came across many models of the coiled wire and acrylic plastic variety. There’s nothing wrong with those of course, but they just didn’t have the pep that we were looking for… so we made our own. And now you can as well, just in time for those upcoming summer ice cream parties 😉


You will need:  A spread of materials used in creating a wooden ice cream cone rack

  • Sheets of plywood – 1/8″ thick for the holder top & 3/8″ thick for the legs
  • Acrylic paint
  • Matte varnish
  • Paint brush
  • Sandpaper (120 & 220 grit)
  • Wood glue
  • Scroll saw
  • Drill


Step 1:Cut outs of wooden sheets and a bottle of wood glue

Mark and cut out the top and legs of the ice cream stand with a scroll saw. We wanted a stand that was 3″ wide, 10″ long and 4″ tall so our top piece of wood measured 3″ x 10″ (7.5 x 25.4 cm), and our two leg pieces measured 3″ x 4″ (7.5 x 10 cm). You’ll want the top sheet of wood to be relatively thin (we went with 3/8″ – or 0.5 cm) as the cones will fit more snuggly inside the holes.

As for the holes themselves, space them out evenly along the top piece of wood. You don’t want them too small as then your top heavy ice cream cones may tip over the stand. It’s best to measure the diameter of the cones you want to use and go from there. We went with regular sugar cones, so our holes ended up being 1 1/4″ (3.3 cm) across. Once you’ve marked the holes, drill through their centres with a drill, and then cut them out using the scroll saw.


Step 2:Hands applying wood glue to a small sheet of wood

Sand the ends of each wood piece with the 120 grit sandpaper so that they’re nice and flat. Then apply a streak of wood glue to each leg and glue them firmly down onto either end of the top piece. It may help to distribute weigh down the two legs while they dry so as to attach them firmly.


Step 3:Hands painting a raw wood ice cream stand

Once the glue is dry, it’s time to start painting! Choose any shade of acrylic paint and lob it on. This is also the step where you can go a little wacky or paint it so that it matches the theme of your future ice cream party.


Step 4:Top down shot of the ice cream cone holder with paint palette and brush on the side

When the paint is fully dry, apply two coats of varnish and your new ice cream holder is ready to use.


Tada!Line up of decorated ice cream cones in a wooden cone holder

(Like these strawberry cone wrappers? Click here to print your own)

And there you have it folks – a simple way to sooth those frazzled nerves from countless hours searching for that perfect holder. If you decide to give this a go, make sure to let us know over on Instagram (@demetres), and check back again for more DIYs, recipes and behind-the-scenes looks here at Demetres HQ.

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