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How to Make Victorian Paper Cones

I have a project  for you today that is pretty and versatile and would make a cute Valentine, Christmas, Easter treat or teacher gift or (insert occasion!), filled with candy or little trinkets. You can even turn them upside down to make cute cone Christmas tree decorations, make great paper carrots for Easter, or the perfect May Day flower holder.

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how to make a paper cone


Pattern papers, gift wrap, or other heavyweight paper



Craft glue or hot glue

Lace tape, ribbon, stickers, or other decorations

Here’s how:

These are really simple to make.  

Any square piece of heavyweight paper will work. 8×8 or 12×12  pattern papers are especially easy, but a piece of heavyweight gift wrap or handmade paper cut into a square will work too.  (Traditionally, tussie mussies were fairly small, but bigger ones hold more treats…)  


1.) Place the square paper or cardstock in front of you, wrong side up, with a point facing down.  Draw an arc from the left point to the right point, and cut along that line.

How to make a paper cone

2.) Shape the paper into a cone, overlap the edges, and glue in place with strong craft glue or hot glue. (The heavier the paper you use, the stronger the glue you will need, possibly even hot glue.) You may have to trim across the top a bit.  I found this method online somewhere a while back, but you can actually make a simple cone many ways.

3.) Now have fun decorating it. This is a good  time to pull out the lace trim, the stick on gems, etc. I used lace tape, which was quick and easy. Real lace trims are more elegant.  If you have any border paper punches, you can make pretty “lacey” trims out of paper too.

4.) For the handle, punch two holes in the top across from each other, thread  ribbon through, and tie at the sides.

One of the fun things about this project is that it can be as simple or as frilly as you like. I’m typically not a “frilly” person, except when it comes to Valentines (and babies…and weddings.  Hmmm… )  If you don’t like frilly, just choose a simpler paper and less embellishment.

How to make Victorian Paper Cones (tussie mussie)

The one above isn’t finished yet, but will be more tailored than frilly. 

How to make Victorian Paper Cones (tussie mussie)

I have to say, I prefer them fancy.

This is a fun craft to do with kids too.  They can draw on the cone (before you glue it!), use stickers, etc. (Have them make one for Grandma or a neighbor or a teacher. My kids made these for their art teachers years ago, filled with chocolate candies, and they were much appreciated.)  Fill one with treats and make someone happy!

Linking to:

Thursday Favorite Things, Inspire Me Monday at Mostly Blogging, Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy, Linda’s Lunacy, Happy Now at Jenerally Informed, Lou Lou Girls, Shabby Art Boutique, Building Our Hive, The Answer is Chocolate, Esme Salon, Mostly Blogging, Tuesday Turn About, My Random Musings, Linda’s Lunacy

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  1. Thank you Mrs. Smith! Yes, I am feeling so much better now. Thank you also for grabbing one of my buttons! I am honored.

  2. These are really pretty. And you could use school styled craft paper and a ruler ribbon and put little things for children like pencils and things. I love it.

    peace to you and your family,


  3. What a fun idea, and just in time for Valentine's Day! My kids would love making these. Of course, my son will use it for dinosaur or car storage. 🙂 Or to dump something on his sister…

  4. I love these, what a great idea for our mail carrier and postal workers! I don't really have teachers these can be made for but I will surely be making some to keep in my car around Valentines week so I can share the love possibly to some folks I don't even know. Sort of like a RAK. Thanks for coming over and linking up on the Handcrafted Valentine Love Linky!

  5. Thanks Lynnie!  What a great idea to make some for the mail carrier and postal workers. You have a thoughtful idea to keep some in your car–I love that.

  6. Yes, my son would have used these to hold little toys too (but he's not little anymore!)  My daughter might have been the one to use it to dump something on her brother, rather than the other way around  though!

  7. Very sweet and so pretty in pink.  They fit in beautifully with your blog's theme.  What will you fill them with? Maybe love notes?

  8. Hi Pam, you are one of the blessed reasons why I love this wonderful world of blogging.   Meeting creative, artful women.  I have no sense of creativity and I will certainly use your idea for my childrens' Valentine gifts.  Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving such a sweet message.  Hope you don't mind, I'm following your blog.  Have a good day. 

  9. I had never heard of a Tussie Mussie! What a cute idea!    I just stopped by from SITS to say hello.  Hope you find time to return the visit!

  10. When I was a kid, we used to make these around Mayday. We would put wildflowers in them, hang them on a neighbors door, ring the doorbell and run and hide. We always did the same neighbors every year–I am sure they really new where they came from, but they never let on.

  11. Ohhh I love making Tussie Mussies. Why in the world I have never thought to do it for Valentine day…well….totally escapes me. ^_^ Thank you for the inspiration!!!

    Happy SITS Tuesday!!!

  12. Pam, they're wonderful! And I'd fill mine with chocolates..for myself.
    Thanks for linking up to Ladies Only Blog Share Link Party!

  13. Pam, this is such a lovely project and sweet idea!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at Create With Joy.
    Congrats – you are one of our Featured Guests at Inspire Me Monday #366 this week! 🙂

  14. Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #ThursdayFavoriteThings this week. Visit me at https://www.marilynstreats.com on thursday morning to see your feature! All hosts choose their own features from the comments left on their blog so be sure to return to my blog to see your feature. I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

  15. These are lovely, Pam! Love the trim you put on them, too! Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

  16. I love your pretty paper cones Pam – congrats for being featured at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy this week! 🙂

  17. So pretty, I love them. These are great for birthday parties. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  18. Pam, your paper cones, with the paper lace peeking out are lovely and perfect for valentine's day.
    I've started a link party and would love for you to join in the fun with this cute post idea.
    If you are interested, it's called Friday with Friends.


  19. These are super cute. I've got lots of scrap paper and even some heavy wall paper that would be great to use, too. Not to mention lace and trim! Wish someone would make me one!

  20. Oh, how pretty and delicate!! Would be the perfect post for my Love and Valentine's Day themed party that just opened. Thanks so much for linking up with me at the #UnlimitedMonthlyLinkParty 21, open until February 26. Shared on social media.

    1. That is such a great idea to use small versions of these as ornaments! I never thought of that before, and now you have inspired me.

  21. These are so pretty and so perfect for Valentine's day. Thanks for sharing. I am happy to feature these on Sunday at Love Your Creativity.

  22. Pam, I love how it turned out. The design paper and the lace are fabulous. Thank you for sharing with us at Meraki Link Party at Doodle Buddies. Hope to see you this Monday too.
    Much love

  23. Visiting again to say thanks so much for linking up at the 25 and Done Link Party 2. Shared onto Fb, Pn, and Tw!

  24. Pam,
    These are just darling!! I have been making Victorian Tussie Mussies for several years now…Or cones… Music sheet paper also makes a really pretty one…Thanks for sharing!!

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