I have a project for you today, called a tussie mussie (tussy mussy??), that is pretty and versatile and would make a cute Valentine, filled with chocolates. These little paper cones were popular in Victorian times as flower nosegays.
As you can see, I didn't get the cone shape perfect at the bottom!
These are really simple to make. Any square piece of heavyweight paper will work. 8x8 or 12x12 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...)
Place the square paper 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.
Shape the paper into a cone, overlap the edges, and glue in place with craft glue (or any strong glue you have.) 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.
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.
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. Well, and blog backgrounds. Hmmm...) I do like frilly Valentines, but if you don't, just choose a simpler paper and less embellishment.
The one above isn't finished yet, but will be more tailored than frilly.
I tucked two small round paper doilies inside the top.
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, and they were much appreciated.) Fill one with treats and make someone happy!
Welcome! I'm, Pam, a reading tutor and near empty nester with a full life and a Yorkie in my lap. Paper art, crafts, photography, books, and baseball make me happy. I prefer my food organic and my coffee hot. I hope you will leave here inspired and encouraged to be creative in all that you do!
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