Text-Only Instructions

Credits and Resources:

There are various ways to fold a cone from rectangular paper.

This model was folded by me without any external reference or resource. I was looking for a cone that would be as large as possible but still fairly secure.

If you are aware of any other source where this model or similar might be listed, please let me know so I can reference it under this heading.

Paper to be used: Rectangular, construction, copy or printer paper will work well for this model.

Folding level: Easy/Beginner

Steps: 8

Description: This is a simple, open cone that is fairly secure at the bottom. The fold is sealed by a tucked-in flap so that the back is higher than the front of the cone.

The flap at the top represents a single scoop of ice-cream.


These paper cones can be used to hold popcorn, sweets, crisps or other dry treats at a kids' party.

Unless they are made of water-resistant paper, they will hold liquids for a very short time only.

Warning: Children should be taught to never pour hot liquids into folded paper cones.

If the cone will be used to hold treats at a party, consider adding a small piece of tape to the bottom point and to the side of the cone where the folds meet.

Although this is not strictly necessary, it will serve as an extra measure of safety to keep the cone from accidentally unraveling when handled.

If kept flat and folded from small rectangles, the cones can be used on cards as a decoration.

If using two-sided origami paper, lay your paper with the patterned or colored side down before starting to fold.

The cone itself will be colored or patterned while the single flap that sticks out at the top resembling the ice-cream, will be white or plain.

Step 1

Place a rectangular piece of paper down on a hard, flat surface, with the short edges at the left and right, or in landscape orientation.

Step 2

Fold the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.

Step 3

Fold the two bottom corners upwards toward the center, aligning the edges with the vertical crease line you folded in Step 2.

Crease well and leave folded.

Step 4

Next, fold the shape in half by bringing the left edge over to meet the right edge.

Crease well and leave folded.

You will now have a multi-layered triangle at the bottom and a rectangular piece with two layers at the top of the model.

Step 5

Slightly turn the model so the bottom point is facing you. The sides will slope upwards and outwards and the model will start to resemble a cone that is held in an upright position.

Step 6

Next, Fold the top point, top-layer only, using a mountain fold away from you, tucking it inside the triangle you have folded.  Push the flap in as far as it will go and crease very well.

Step 7

If preferred, make a slightly slanted crease across the top remaining point of the model by folding it down and then almost all the way up again.

This fold is optional, but it will help make the ice-cream look more three-dimensional.

Step 8

Gently open the cone by pressing its sides until you have a rounded shape.

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Compiled by Lindy van der Merwe, September 2009

Revised: January 2023