How to Make Victorian Candy Cones

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How to Make Victorian Candy Cones
Fill Victorian candy cones with nuts and sweets and hang up as holiday fare. (John Foxx/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

The Victorians loved paper crafts, and an item that would make good use of scraps of trim left over from a larger project was especially prized. In Victorian times, paper cones decorated with lace and fabric trimmings, paper cut-outs, beads or ribbon flowers could hold fruits and nuts, candy or flowers. Welcome guests to your table or decorate for holidays with these Victorian candy cones. These decorated paper cones, ready to fill with treats, can be made for any season or holiday and are handy as party favours or small gifts.

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Things you need

  • Coloured or printed paper
  • Scissors
  • Rubber stamps, markers or paints, if desired
  • Compass and pencil
  • Glue stick or craft glue
  • Clothespin or paper clip
  • Paper, ribbon or fabric trim
  • Stapler (optional)
  • Stickers, beads, gems or other desired decorations

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  1. 1

    Cut the paper into a square. Your finished cone will be the length of one side of the square.

  2. 2

    Place the point of your compass on one corner of the square, on the back side of your paper. Place the pencil on an adjacent corner. Rotate the compass to draw an arc across the paper. Cut along this line, so you have a one-quarter circle of paper. If you are going to decorate your paper with rubber stamps, paints or markers, do it now.

  3. 3

    Roll the paper so the straight edges overlap each other, with the coloured side of the paper facing out, if there is a blank side. Roll the paper a little tighter than you want it to be and let it unroll, to make a nice cone shape. Overlap the two edges, then run a thin line of glue along the bottom one and glue them together. Use the clothespin or paper clip to hold the cone together as it dries.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of trim long enough to go around the edge of the cone, with a slight overlap. Cut a second piece between one-half this length to the same length for a handle. Staple the handle at two opposite points of the rim, using two staples on each side, for a sturdy handle. Glue the trim around the outer edge of the cone, hiding the raw edge.

  5. 5

    Decorate the cone in any way you like, by adding stickers or by gluing on gems and beads. You can add more rounds of ribbon trim, or tie a bow around the handle. The cone is ready to fill with candy and hang up or give as a gift.

Tips and warnings

  • The handle is only as strong as the paper. Do not overfill the cone with candy, and be gentle when you hang it up.

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