How to Make a Carrying Tray for Ice Cream Cones

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How to Make a Carrying Tray for Ice Cream Cones
Make a tray to hold any shaped ice cream cone. (wafer ice cream cone image by Warren Millar from

This tray provides a simple and easy way to carry ice cream cones. It's nothing fancy, but if you like, you can decorate it using paper, markers or glitter. It is easy to make and small; so it is also easy to store. You can make it to hold cones of any size.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Compass
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the ice cream cone about halfway down the cone. If you are using cones that have a ledge at the top -- they look like two cylinders stacked on top of each other, rather than a cone -- measure the width of the top of the cone.

  2. 2

    Draw a circle with a diameter that is the size of the measurement you took in the previous step -- the width of the cone -- on the cardboard. Use the compass to do this. Set the compass so that the tip of the pencil and the tip of the other arm of the compass are half the width of the cone apart. Then press down on the cardboard where you want the centre of the circle to be with the pointy arm of the compass, and draw a circle around it with the pencil.

  3. 3

    Cut out the circle with the scissors.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as you like. The recommended size is a grid of three holders by four holders, which will give you a tray that holds 12 ice cream cones.

Tips and warnings

  • If you would like to create a tray that you can set down, cut out pieces of cardboard that are as long and wide as the tray and as tall as the height of an ice cream cone. Glue or tape them to the sides of your tray so that they create a rectangular prism. Close off the bottom using another piece of cardboard the same size as the tray, without any holes.
  • Decorate your tray using coloured paper, fabric, paint, markers or plastic flowers. As long as the holes remain unobstructed, the tray will still work.

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