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A Wintertime Cone

Entry #11 from our Calling All Bloggers Challenge was sent to us by Nancy Malay of Vintage Whimsy & Folk Art Originals:

A Wintertime Cone

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  • 1 sheet of 12” x 12” of larger paper
  • Fabri-Tac glue

Whether you call them Victorian cones or Tussie Mussies, these pretty creations can be used in so many different ways.  You can vary the size, and shape and color to suit your own taste.  
I like to use a variety of materials when creating my projects and this Victorian cone is an example of that.  I’ve used 5 different May Art’s ribbons, and I think they all coordinate beautifully. Use your imagination, and look for ribbons or trims that add texture and color.

I chose a glittered paper, but you can also use a plain paper and add glitter yourself.  Another option would be to cut apart the snowflake ribbon and glue the snowflakes on a plain paper.

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The basic cone can be made in two different ways.  Using a heavier weight paper, roll your paper into a cone shape and glue the edges together. Or, cover a papier- mache cone with your paper.

Punch a hole on each side on the cone with a hole punch. Next, cut the grey ribbon and snowflake ribbon to the desired length for the handle. I’ve glued the snowflake ribbon on top of the sheer grey using Fabri-tac glue and a toothpick.

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To make the handle, start on the outside, thread one end of the ribbon through the hole on the cone. Trim the ribbon so it is straight and sits below the cone edge. Glue to the cone on the inside. Do the same thing for the other side.

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Glue the velvet ribbon around the top edge of the cone.

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Next, you will be gathering the ribbon. Cut a length three times the width of your top edge. Gather by pulling the wire on one edge of the ribbon.

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After you’ve gathered it, glue to the inside top edge with the Fabri-tac glue.

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Tie a big bow with the satin ribbon and glue to one side of the handle.

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That’s it!!  Hang it on the front door to greet guests, give them as party favors, hang them from a knob or the back of a chair, or use them to present a special gift. It’s such a beautiful look to fill an entire Christmas tree with them or lovely when used to decorate a wedding reception.

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  1. Laurie

    I made these for my extended family a few years ago using Sno-Cone paper cups. I put candy in them and hung by using a string of beads..

  2. Nancy Malay

    I’m glad you like the tutorial!

    You’re right, Jenifer and Joan… can make these any size, and change the paper and ribbon to use for almost any Holiday.


  3. Joan

    This is so cute. I love the winter cone, but the moment I saw this I could see it being used for absolutely any celebration.

  4. Jenifer

    This is very cute I could imagine small ones used as Tree Decorations at Christmas thanks so much for the ideas, I love this


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