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How to Make a Cardboard Cone Holder

Updated February 21, 2017

Delight your kids with an ice cream party complete with a homemade cardboard stand for holding ice cream cones. This simple project can be completed in under an hour. Decorate the stand to match the theme of the party, and you'll have your home ice cream parlour looking as welcoming as Dairy Queen on a hot summer's day.

Draw two horizontal lines. Mark the 6-inch and 13-inch points on each shorter side with tick marks. Join the opposite tick marks together with a straight line. You should have created three sections: two 6-inch wide sections at the top and bottom, and a 7-inch section in the centre

Draw two vertical lines. Mark the 6-inch and 16-inch marks on each longer side with tick marks. Join the opposite tick marks together with a straight line. You should have created three sections: two 6-inch wide sections at the top and bottom, and a 10-inch section in the centre.

Label the four corners with a pencil. Label the top left corner "A," the top right corner "B," the bottom right corner "C," and the bottom left corner "D."

Cut diagonal lines in each of the four corner squares using a ruler and craft knife. For squares "A" and "C," cut the diagonal line from the top left of the square to the bottom right of the square. For squares "B" and "D," cut the diagonal line from the top right of the square to the bottom left of the square.

Trace around an upside down ice cream cone to draw circles in the centre rectangle of the cardboard. In the 10-inch by 7-inch rectangle, draw two rows of three circles. Keep at least 1 inch away from the edges of the rectangle.

Cut the circles out with the craft knife, leaving a 1/4 inch rim (the cut circle should be 1/2 inch smaller in diameter than the circle you drew with the cone).

Flip the cardboard over (so you can't see any pencil marks). Fold along each line that you have drawn, folding underneath. Assemble into a box (it will resemble a shoe box) and secure the corners with clear tape (tape on the inside, so that you can't see the tape).

Tip

Place a thick newspaper under the cardboard as you are cutting, to protect your work surface. If you are using cardboard that is pretty on one side and plain on the other, make all of the pencil marks on the plain underside.

Warning

Use caution when using craft knives; If a child is making this project, scissors can be substituted for the craft knives.

Things You'll Need

  • 19-inch by 22-inch piece of reinforced or corrugated cardboard
  • Pencils (plain and coloured)
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Clear tape
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About the Author

Stephanie Ellen teaches mathematics and statistics at the university and college level. She coauthored a statistics textbook published by Houghton-Mifflin. She has been writing professionally since 2008. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York, a master's degree in math education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from National University.