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DIY: Paper Treat Cones + Display

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paper treat cones DIY

“Treat Cones” are such a fun way to display candy & other goodies at a party. They’re easy to make and can be tailored to pretty much any party theme or color palette, so the sky’s the limit on the style!

The cones pictured here are from a French Circus-themed baby shower that I styled last month. We used zebra-striped wrapping paper, Crunch ‘n Munch (yum!), bright yellow Banana Heads Candy, and 6.75″ black and white shallow vases for these particular displays, but you can apply the same basic concept to any theme you like…

Here are the DIY details:


You’ll Need:
gift wrap or other decorative paper
lollipop sticks
craft styrofoam sheets – approx 1″ thick
shallow tray or vase/container
candy/treats for the cones
candy/treats to cover the styrofoam
tape, glue stick & scissors


For the Paper Cones:
1. Download or create a template for the cones. (You can download the one we used here. It makes 5″ cones.)
2. Trace the cone template onto the paper, then trim out. Repeat as many times as you need.
3. Roll the trimmed paper into a cone shape, making sure there’s enough of a hole left in the bottom of the cone for the lollipop stick. Secure the cone shape with a piece of tape on the inside, and use the glue stick to make the outer edge lie flat.

For the Party Display:
1. Cut a piece of the styrofoam sheet to fit securely within your tray or vase/container.
2. Place the styrofoam in the container, then insert the lollipop sticks into the foam, leaving a few inches in between the sticks to make room for the cones. (You can insert the sticks in neat rows or in a random configuration – whichever you prefer!)
3. Pour candy or popcorn on top of the styrofoam until it is completely covered.
4. Fill each paper cone with candy, popcorn, or another treat, then slide them onto the lollipop sticks.


paper treat cones DIY

Here’s a peek at our treat cones “in action” at the French Circus baby shower. They sat at different levels on the “dress” of the Dessert “Table Lady” that caterer The Party Goddess dreamed up!

paper treat cones DIY

P.S. Stay tuned this week & next for lots more DIY details from this French Circus party!


  1. Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition August 20, 2009 at 10:47 am

    This is such a cute theme! I’m a sucker for anything zebra print, so I’ll definitely be trying to recreate this at some of the showers I throw!

    Leslie@ A Blonde Ambition blog

  2. Sandydee August 20, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Thank you so much!!

  3. Sugar and Spice Event Design August 20, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I have been waiting for the chance to do a zebra print party! How cool is this one!

  4. southern hostess August 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Very cute! Love the zebra print.

  5. Jessica August 20, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I loved these when you posted the first time but I couldn’t figure out how to keep them standing. Thanks for the tip! I think I’m going to try something like this for my Luau tomorrow night!

  6. Kim - The TomKat Studio August 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Absolutely fantastic! You come up with the most striking color combinations! I love zebra print! Fabulous job!

  7. Elaine's Semi-Homemade Life August 20, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    Hmmmm….. I’ve been brainstorming ideas for our Halloween party….why wouldn’t zebra work? I mean, Halloween = orange + black + white… why not zebra with some orange accents? Something to think about… :)

  8. Down Pillow August 20, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    The cones are so versatile – perfect for any party :)

  9. Lisa August 21, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I was inspired about these when you first posted them and I tried them out on a recent party I did! Here is the link to my snack cones. :)


  10. moneyfunk August 21, 2009 at 9:54 am

    That is such a cute set up. And to dress the part. All tres chic!

  11. Coniqua August 21, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I’ve seen the favor cones around and have always wondered how they stay up, thanks for breaking it down.

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    Thanks for the great inspiration! I used these for an alvin and the chipmunks party (peanuts) and it was a big hit! You can see it here: https://diyingtobedomestic.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/alvin-and-the-chipmunks-birthday-party/

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    Great, this is such a great website!!!!!

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