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Retro Christmas Craft Tutorial ~ Foiled Candy Cones with Santa and Holly


These festive candy cones are super easy to make and all about the foil and shine! Inspired by retro Christmas candy containers, ours feature a mix of Santa scraps, holly leaves, Dresden trims, narrow velvet ribbons and fancy trims on glossy foil cones.  The crepe cuff makes filling and gifting a snap -- simply fill with small treats, gather, and tie closed --  as well as providing a guideline to follow during embellishment.  Be inspired by one of our variations in classic color combos of red, gold, green and silver, or customize completely with your favorite palette. Finished cones are about 6-1/2" to the top of the tied crepe, not counting handles.


Supplies:

Foil Cones 

Santa Scraps (we used S7331, S7220, S7314)

Dresden Trims (DFW852, DF8006, DFW749, DF8724, DF818, DFW782, DF7307)

Dresden Borders (DFW219 and DFW221)

Holly Leaves, Berry Stamen, Mini Poinsettias

1/8" Velvet Ribbons

Fancy Metallic Trims (OST102 and OTX-06 and OT05 and OT07), Pierced Velvet Ribbon

Clear-Drying Craft Glue (Alleene's Tacky Glue)

Scissors

Cotton Swabs


Step 1: Add Hangers

To have your candy cone double as an ornament, simply add a hanger.  Cut a 10" piece of 1/8" velvet ribbon.  Glue each end to sides of cone at the mid-way point.  Line up the ends of the ribbon with the crepe border for a clean and balanced look.  Let dry. 

Step 2: Embellish Top Edge of Cone  

It takes about 6-1/2" of trim to go around the cone with a little overlap. Glue Dresden trim, velvet ribbon or metallic trim around the top edge where crepe meets foil.  Let dry.

To make a foil holly leaf cuff: trim stems off 12 foil holly leaves (6 green, 6 silver).  Glue leaves along top of cone, alternating silver-green-silver-green.  Let dry.  The wired part of the stem that remains on the leaf backs can be bent to match the curve of the cone for a more "close to the cone" application.

Step 3: Add Holly + Berry or Poinsettia Embellishments

Twist together stems of two holly leaves.  Trim twist to about 1/4" and bend under, hiding it behind one of the leaves.  Glue in place on cone and let dry.

Twist together stems of 3 holly berry stamen.  Trim twist to about 1/8" and bend under.  Glue in place over leaves and let dry.

Cut stem of mini poinsettia about 1/8" below flower.  Glue in place over holly leaves.  Let dry.  Stem remnant can be tucked in between leaves for a central placement.

Alternatively, glue a red Dresden bow over holly leaves.  Let dry.

Step 4: Embellish Cones

Glue desired mix of Dresdens and scraps to cones.  Let dry.

Several styles are shown below in Variations: scrap directly on cone, Dresdens with no scraps, Dresden medallions + Santa scraps and Dresden + scrap + gold foil leaves.

Step 5: Ribbon Tie Closure

Fill your cone with candies or other small treats. Gather crepe and tie with an 11" piece of narrow velvet ribbon or other trim.

Tips and Notes:

-- Pierced velvet ribbons and Dresden border DFW221 look lovely around the top of the cone but don't lay flat without puckering.  We applied glue along the upper edge only and let the bottom edges hang away from the cones slightly.  The look is dimensional and interesting, and is shown above right.

-- Dresden medallions also look good curved around the cone but not glued down everywhere.  You can gently curve the medallions before glueing them down or adding scraps.

-- Customize Dresdens by cutting pieces apart: cut DFW403 in half and add a Dresden star in between, shown above center.  Glue pieces at four points around lower part of cone for added interest.

-- Take care to keep glue off foil of cones -- it will be visible.  Any excess can be swiped up with a damp cotton swab.

-- Crepe is not colorfast and will easily transfer color if moistened.  Keep completed cones out of direct sunlight to avoid fading.

Variations:

Here are supply details for the variations we created:

Below left: Cone in all red +Dresden wreath DF8724 in green + bow DFW782 in red + script DF818 in antique gold + Foil Holly Leaves 6 leaves in green and 6 in silver + 1/8" velvet ribbons in Cardinal Red and Spruce

Below center: Cone in all red + Dresden halo DF7307 in silver + border DFW221 in silver + Santa scrap from sheet S7220 + Foil Holly Leaves in silver + Stamen MNC80 + 1/8" velvet ribbon in Cardinal Red + Silver Metallic Cord

Below right: Cone in red/green + Dresden medallion DF8006 in antique gold + DFW749 in antique gold + bow DFW782 in red + Santa scrap from sheet S7220 + Foil Holly Leaves in green + Pierced Velvet Ribbon PV-06 in soft green + 1/8" velvet ribbons in Cardinal Red and Spruce



Below left: Cone in silver/green + Dresden halo DF7307 in gold + border DFW219 in antique gold + Santa scrap from sheet S7314 + Lacquered Holly Leaves + Stamen MNC80 + 1/8" velvet ribbons in Eggshell and Spruce

Below center: Cone in silver/red + Santa scrap from sheet S7331 + Mini Poinsettia + Velvet Holly Leaves in dark green + Fancy Metallic Trim OST102 in red + 1/8" velvet ribbons in Cardinal Red and Eggshell

Below right: Cone in silver/white + Dresden border DFW219 in red + halo DFW749 in antique gold + embellishment DFW403 in red + stars DFW852 in antique gold + Santa scrap from sheet S7220 + Foil Leaves NLC126 in gold + Fancy Metallic Trim OTX-06 in gold and white + 1/8" velvet ribbons in Cardinal Red and Eggshell



Antique Gold Dresden Foil Snowflakes or Halos ~ 8 Asst.

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Snowflakes or Halos ~ 8 Asst.

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Gold Dresden Foil Snowflakes or Halos ~ 8 Asst.

Gold Dresden Foil Snowflakes or Halos ~ 8 Asst.

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Narrow Fancy Metallic Silver Cord ~ 1/16" wide

Narrow Fancy Metallic Silver Cord ~ 1/16" wide

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Santa, Moon & Children Scraps ~ Germany

Santa, Moon & Children Scraps ~ Germany

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Silver Dresden Foil Snowflakes or Halos ~ 8 Asst.

Silver Dresden Foil Snowflakes or Halos ~ 8 Asst.

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12 Miniature Red Fabric Millinery Poinsettias ~ Austria ~ 1/2"

12 Miniature Red Fabric Millinery Poinsettias ~ Austria ~ 1/2"

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Gold Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

Gold Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

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Red Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Green Stems

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Red Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

Red Berry Stamen for Christmas Crafting ~ Wired Stems

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Deepest Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Deepest Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Antique Gold Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

Antique Gold Classic Dresden Stars ~ 240

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Antique Gold Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

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Gold Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

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Silver Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

Silver Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Eucalyptus Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Eucalyptus Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Spruce Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Spruce Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Antique Gold Dresden Foil Oval Halos ~ 4

Antique Gold Dresden Foil Oval Halos ~ 4

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Fancy Woven Trim in Metallic Gold + Blue ~ 1/4" wide ~ Germany

Fancy Woven Trim in Metallic Gold + Blue ~ 1/4" wide ~ Germany

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Fancy Woven Trim in Metallic Gold + White ~ 1/4" wide ~ Germany

Fancy Woven Trim in Metallic Gold + White ~ 1/4" wide ~ Germany

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Gold Dresden Foil Oval Halos ~ 4

Gold Dresden Foil Oval Halos ~ 4

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Green Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

Green Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

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Old Stock Fancy Woven Trim in Metallic Old Gold + Burgundy ~ 3/16" wide

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Old Stock Fancy Woven Trim in Metallic Old Gold + Navy Blue ~ 3/16" wide

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Old Stock Fancy Woven Trim in Metallic Old Gold + White ~ 3/16" wide

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Red Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

Red Extra Fancy Dresden Baroque Trim ~ 3/8" wide ~ 6 strips

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Set of 12 Petite Green Lacquered Holly Leaves for Christmas Crafts

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Silver Dresden Foil Oval Halos ~ 4

Silver Dresden Foil Oval Halos ~ 4

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Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Green ~ 1/8" wide

Tiny Velvet Ribbon Trim in Green ~ 1/8" wide

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Victorian Santa Christmas Scraps ~ Germany ~ 2010

Victorian Santa Christmas Scraps ~ Germany ~ 2010

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Antique Gold Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

Antique Gold Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

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Aqua Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

Aqua Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

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Dark Blue Petite Pennant Dresden Paper Trim ~ 1/8"

Dark Blue Petite Pennant Dresden Paper Trim ~ 1/8"

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Green Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

Green Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

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Light Green Petite Pennant Dresden Paper Trim ~ 1/8"

Light Green Petite Pennant Dresden Paper Trim ~ 1/8"

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Red Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

Red Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

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Santa & Bells Scraps ~ Germany

Santa & Bells Scraps ~ Germany

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Silver Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

Silver Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

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Steel Blue Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

Steel Blue Petite Pennant Dresden Foil Trim ~ 1/8"

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