How to Make Mehndi Cones

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How to Make Mehndi Cones
Use a cone made from a plastic bag to apply mehndi. (henna hand design and bouquet image by Gina Smith from

Mehndi, which is also known as henna, mehandi and al-henna, is a type of dye that is applied in elaborate designs to the hands and then removed, leaving a bright orange stain. It is a traditional part of many Middle Eastern and South Asian wedding ceremonies, and it has also gained popularity in the west. A cone allows you to apply mehndi to your skin.

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Things you need

  • 1 quart plastic freezer bag
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Permanent marker
  • Magazine
  • Lighter

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  1. 1

    Cut off the seal of the plastic freezer bag and throw it away.

  2. 2

    Draw a line vertically through the centre of the bag, from top to bottom, using the ruler and permanent marker.

  3. 3

    Draw a line from the top middle of the bag to the bottom right corner and a line from the top middle of the bag to the bottom left corner. Your plastic bag is now sectioned into four triangles.

  4. 4

    Cut along each of the 3 lines, creating 4 double-sided plastic triangles.

  5. 5

    Line up the vertical edge of the magazine with the edge of your table. Lay 1 plastic triangle along the edge, so that one of the long sides' raw edges sticks out by about half an inch.

  6. 6

    Seal the edge of the plastic triangle by running the lighter's flame along the edge. Repeat the process on the other long side of the triangle.

  7. 7

    Seal the edges of the other 3 triangles. You will have 4 mehndi cones.

  8. 8

    Cut open the bottoms of the two triangles that have a solid short side because of the way that they are cut. Fill them with henna paste and snip away a very small bit of the tip of each cone to use them.

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