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Front & Center Treat Cones


Happy Friday!  I have a fun project to share with you today.  I don't know about you, but I sure am loving the creative ideas I've been seeing with the new Front & Center die from Papertrey.  It's just one of those products that invite all sorts of creative ideas and uses (I've got yet another coming next week...I'm addicted I tell ya!).  

For one of my projects for the October release, I made this treat cone using the Front & Center die.  


I decided to make some more and put together a little tutorial in case you'd like to make you own.  Here are just a few different ways I thought these could be used -- and they could work for any occasion, depending on how you dress them up -- all the way from weddings to Christmas.  Use them for..

...favors at each place setting, or add a name for place cards
...tuck a napkin inside or maybe even silverware.  
...fill them with candy or small gifts such as travel-sized lotions, etc.!  
...tie a ribbon through the oval cut-out and hand them on your tree, filled with candy canes, treats, etc.


For an extra special touch, I used the Parisian Doily die to cut through several layers of plain tissue paper.  It looks so pretty tucked in each cone!  The embellishment on the front was created with an image from the 2011 Holiday Tags stamped onto and matted with Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle, backed with a Damask Snowflake diecut.  Those pretty papers and the ribbon roses are from Webster's Pages Botanical Christmas collection. (links at the end of this post)


So how about a little step-by-step?

I started by diecutting the Front & Center die from Vintage Cream cardstock.  Each cone takes just one diecut.  I then used a pencil to mark the center of the bottom of the diecut, which is 2 5/8".


Then I used my score board to score a line from that center point to the start of the first scallop on the top edge.  


Score another line in the same manner on the other side so that it looks like this...


Now fold one side in.  You will see where it overlaps the other scored line.  Trim that little excess piece off.


Fold the other side in.  That side will also extend slightly beyond the cone.


Turn the cone over and trim off that excess as well.


Before I adhered the flaps to create the cone, I stamped the whole surface (front and back) using Smokey Shadow ink and the snowflakes from Peace Be Still.


When my stamping was done, I put a strip of scor tape along the bottom edge of the flap that gets folded in last.  One additional quick tip -- I made several of these and found that it was easier to create the first one according to the instructions I just showed you here, then use that first one as a pattern to trim the corners from all of the others.  It just seemed quicker than folding and trimming.  :-)


Then I just folded the flaps in, securing it with the piece of scor-tape.  I bent it slightly to form a rounded cone shape.


Once your cone is created, you can embellish it however your heart desires!  I had a lot of fun creating these and hope to find some time to make some more!


Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you enjoyed today's project and I also hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Before I go, a couple of thumbnail lists...first off are a few new Etsy listings and below that are the links to all of the supplies used in today's project!  Thanks for taking a peek!  


**List updated this morning with more new items!**