Paper Cone

by Beate Johns

Create a paper cone to hold treats or small gifts, with just cardstock and patterned paper.


  • One sheet of patterned paper
  • Plate, pencil and scissors, or circular cutting tool
  • Scor-Tape™, or other strong adhesive
  • Glue Dots
  • Two 11" long strips of cardstock, with either a punched or a die cut edge (Big Scalloped Borderabilities™ Petite used here)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Place your patterned paper face down, and trace a half circle onto it with the help of a plate or other circular template.

    Use a circle cutter combine step one and two.

  2. Step 2

    Cut out your half circle.

  3. Step 3

    Mark the center of the straight edge on the back of the patterned paper .

  4. Step 4

    Place your paper in your paper trimmer. Center the mark you made over your cutting groove. Line up the paper so you will cut off about 1/4th of your semi circle.

  5. Step 5

    Apply Scor-Tape to one of the straight edges on the back of your patterned paper.

  6. Flip paper over and add a small piece of Scor-Tape to the top of the patterned side of your paper cone.

  7. Step 6

    Remove the backing of your adhesive tape, and roll your paper into a cone, beginning with the patterned side with the adhesive.

    Before rolling your cone, soften your paper by rubbing it over the edge of your desk a few times. This will break the fibers in the paper and will make it easier to roll.

  8. Step 7

    On one of your 11" cardstock strips add a strong adhesive tape to each end, and also add glue dots across the top of the strip, at even intervals.

  9. Step 8

    Line up one end of your paper strip near the seam of your paper cone and begin wrapping it around the top edge.

  10. Continue to wrap the border around the top of your cone.

    Because of the shape of the cone, the bottom part of the border will not lay flat against the cone.

  11. Step 9

    Take your other 11" long strip and add Scor-Tape; to each end.

  12. Adhere each end to the inside of your cone to create handles.

  13. Step 10

    Add brads through the handles to reinforce them.

  14. Step 11

    Embellish your cone - JustRite™ stamps and satin ribbon and flowers were used in the sample.



  1. Close it up
    Tape a strip of tissue paper on the top of the inside of your cone. Add goodies and tie the tissue paper strip shut.

    Party Hat
    Create a bigger cone and turn it upside down. Add an elastic band to the hat instead of a paper handle.

    Doll body
    Turn your cone upside down and add a head made with a styrofoam ball or a die cut.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Paper Cone. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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These are so beautiful, Beate! Thank you for the fabulous tutorial!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM
you are so these!
Jan D.  |  Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 11:37 AM
Wow, I have always loved this type of treat holder. And finally directions on how to make it. Thank you a million times. You did such a great job explaining how to make it, both through the written and verbal tutorials. Today will be the day I make some cones.
Karen Bernoe  |  Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 12:29 PM
Wow...great directions. I can do this and will as treats for my dd's Easter treats for co-workers. It will be lots of fun and unique too. Thanks SCS & Beate.
Erica Fields  |  Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM
Amazing how this project uses a border to create a scalloped, braided-looking handle. I've gotta get these.
Eulouise Williams  |  Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 2:10 PM
Great tutorial. I have seen these in magazines, now that I know how to make them I am going to make a bunch of these to hang in my Christmas tree with little gifts or treats in them. Thank You.
luvglitztoo  |  Wed Mar 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM
What a great idea!! I'm trying to find some ideas for treat bags for my daughters first grade class. This is a great one! Thanks for posting this!
Christy  |  Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM
I just want to say thank you for inspiring me with the most beautiful and amazing projects here.
Frescia Gilmore  |  Tue Mar 16, 2010 at 12:06 PM
I made this cone but it keeps coming apart. got any tips?
Zara  |  Tue Jun 1, 2010 at 2:38 PM
Try using more tape Zara

Bereta  |  Thu Jun 3, 2010 at 4:09 PM
I love your tutorials! I have learned so many new things, tips tricks etc. Please continue to share your talents!
Susan  |  Thu Dec 8, 2011 at 7:33 PM
I'm going to have a go at this as a craft for my daughter's party. Once made, the girls can use them for lollies to take home. Thanks!
Kathryn Brennan  |  Sat Feb 2, 2013 at 2:55 AM

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