In Germany, we have a lovely tradition for starting school – kids get a large, cardboard cone called a “Schultüte”, filled with school supplies, little gifts and treats. When my youngest started school last year, he wanted to share this tradition with his new classmates at his Scottish school, so we made some mini “Schultüten” to hand out on the first day, filled with stickers, mini colouring pencils and some sweets. These little cones make perfect gifts, whether it’s as a back to school or nursery treat, as party favours, or any other situations where you might want to gift someone a little treat – because we all like treats, right?
The first step is you need a cone. In Germany you can buy blank cones in many sizes to decorate if you don’t want to make one from scratch, but here in the UK these are hard to come by. When we decided to make the mini cones last year, I didn’t really fancy making 30+ of them from scratch (even if they were small), so when I discovered some party hats on sale at our local supermarket I decided to repurpose them and they were perfect! (Don’t worry though if you can’t get your hands on any party hats – check out my previous tutorial for the big cones, where I cover how to make a basic cone from card. Just use a smaller piece of card to make a mini cone.)
Who is this activity suitable for? Make some for your kids as an end of summer surprise, or get them involved to make some for their friends. It’s really easy, and you can fill them with whatever you like. If you make your own cones from scratch, kids can also help to decorate them – or if you are using party hats, you can add some more decorations to those too, e.g. adding on stickers.
For each cone you will need:
- A party hat (or small cone made from card – see above)
- Some crepe paper
- A Stapler
- Some ribbon
- Something to put inside
Here’s a little video to show you how it’s done, or scroll down for step by step instructions with photos, if you prefer. Though I think the video will make it clearer, as it’s easier to show than to explain.
Step 1: Carefully remove the elastic from your party hat.
Step 2: Cut a piece of crepe paper about 15 cm wide and twice as long as the circumference of your cone opening.
Step 3: Line up one end of the long side of the piece of crepe paper with the rim of the cone opening, with the paper pointing down the cone.
Step 4: Staple the crepe paper to the rim of the cone. Now keep stapling it around the rim, ruffling the crepe paper as you go along. If you get back to where you started and still have some paper left over, just trim any excess.
Step 5: Now flip the crepe paper up the way, so that you have a ruffle of crepe paper around the opening of the cone.
Step 6: Fill the cone and then tie the crepe paper together with some ribbon. Done!
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