How to make vintage style Paper Cones


Canvas Corp Papers are all Cardstock, making them the perfect base to make a cone for your crafting needs.

We are heading to the Creativation show in Phoenix in a few days and we are so excited to start sharing some of the exiting projects you will see at the show if you are attending. For those who cannot make it, we are sad we won’t get to meet you, but hope you can enjoy a bit of the show through our videos and blog posts.  Today on the blog crew member Betsy Skagen shows us how to turn Canvas Corp papers into wonderful cones you can do so much with.  So many times paper is considered a scrapbooking or card making supply, but there are so many great things you can do with paper and here is a great example.

“Talk about eye candy! The folks at Canvas Corp put together a simply amazing display for the 2017 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA)  Show. A gal could easily spend a couple hours just slowly turning in circles taking it all in.” – Betsy


As advance show pictures began popping up for the CCB Design Team to see, one in particular caught my eye. The Canvas Corp booth designers had hung row after row of paper cones of black and ivory cardstock.  Making paper cones has been one of my signature products over the years, I knew I had to act, so I decided to send the CEO and brainchild brainmother of CCB a special surprise cone filled with gypsy goodness and here is how I created it.

Tutorial How to make Canvas Corp Gypsy Cone


The first step in making this cone actually involves a little chemistry. That statement alone would shock my junior high science teachers, who were probably generous in their grading. It certainly would shock my “big” brother with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.

However, thanks to the Internet, I could don safety glasses and protective gloves, and turn this shiny new spring into a gorgeous rusty object.


To quickly rust an object such as a spring, place it in a plastic container and pour enough white distilled vinegar into the container to cover the spring. Let this soak for about five minutes.

Empty a majority of the vinegar out of the container and pour hydrogen peroxide over the spring. Since I did not want to use up a whole bottle of the stuff, I only poured in enough to cover the bottom third of the spring and the manually turned the spring every few minutes.


Generously pour table salt over the spring–if you want an exact measurement, I would say “a bunch”–and let the entire mixture sit for several minutes. The Internet recommends letting it soak about 10 minutes. I got busy making other parts of the cone and actually forgot about it for at least a half an hour–good thing this isn’t exact science because everything turned out great. Voila Science! I think my brother and former science teachers are collectively banging their heads on their desks right about now.


Like Jesse from Breaking Bad says, “Science B#@*#!!!”

While your metal bits are soaking, go ahead and make your cone. Use a compass to draw an arch on the back of a Navy and Ivory 5 Point Star Cardstock. Cut along this line, rolle into a cone and glue. Punch a hole on each side of the cone and add Jute Cord to make a hanger.


 Stuff some burlap into the cone and secure it along the inside with a hot glue gun.


Next sand the letters and edges of wooden toy blocks. Then darken with brown ink.


Cut two sets each of Sizzix Dimensional Stars on metallic silver and black cardstock. Painstakingly glue the stars back-to-back to create three-dimensional stars. Distress the edges of the stars with brown ink. I will warn you that I saw a video, where a person asked Tim Holtz if it was possible to glue the stars in this manner, and he essentially said it would be quite difficult  – Yes. It. Was.


Create a rosette from Canvas Corp Red and Kraft Ribbon Stripe and a button. I forgot to take a picture of this process, but you can refer to my tutorial on how to make a rosette. Attach a 7gypsies Mini Ephemera to the outside of the cone with a Silver Dome Stud.

As you begin filling your cone, hang it by the jute cord. This will help you ensure that you keep everything evenly balanced so that the cone does not flip forward or backward when hanging. Determine the placement of the contents inside your cone and hot glue them into place.

When finished, give as a gift to your favorite craft manufacturer (or anyone else you love).


 Great Stuff

Canvas Corp Navy and Ivory 5 Point Star Cardstock

Canvas Corp Red and Kraft Ribbon Stripe

Canvas Corp Jute Cord

Canvas Corp Burlap

7gypsies Mini Ephemera

7gypsies Silver Dome Stud

7gypsies ruler (discontinued)

Sizzix Dimensional Stars

Wooden spool

Metallic floral sprigs

Metallic silver cardstock

Metallic black cardstock

Vintage Photo Distressed Ink (brown)



White Vinegar

Hydrogen Peroxide


Plastic Container

This wonderful cone arrived just before the booth shipped for the show and we have to say it is marvelous in person and we cannot wait to give it a home in our Creativation booth.  This fun show kicks off 2017 with a bang.  Stay tuned for more exciting information from the show and lots of exciting new products to follow.

“I love my cone – thank you Betsy!!!!” – Christine 

Happy Creating!!!




Canvas Corp Brands is the home of Tattered Angels, 7Gypsies and Canvas Corp (Canvas Home Basics). We are a manufacturer of surfaces, paint and vintage reproductions coming to you from Springdale, Arkansas.

'How to make vintage style Paper Cones' has 1 comment

  1. January 17, 2017 @ 9:52 am Linda Simpson

    This is fabulous!
    Linda xxx


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