How to Make a Funnel or Cone From Paper

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You may not have a funnel readily availabe when you need it, but you can make one out of a sheet of paper easily. And--you won't even have to wash the funnel after you use it. Just follow a few quick steps.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • A round object such as a cup or bowl
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Trace a circle on a sheet of paper. Using your pencil, trace around a cup or bowl on the paper. The size of the circle will determine how large the funnel will be.

  • Cut out the traced circle.

  • Fold the circle in half. Then fold it in half again.

  • Open the circle. Your circle will now have four folded triangles. Cut out one of the triangles. Once you do that, the circle will look like a giant Pacman with its mouth open.

  • Role the Pacman's mouth shut. Bring the two edges together to see how your funnel is taking shape. If you want a narrower funnel, overlap the two edges of the paper. The more you overlap, the narrower the funnel.

  • Tape the outer edge of the funnel. In order to keep the funnel in its funnel shape, you will have to apply a small piece of tape (or large depending on how large your funnel is) on the outside to hold the paper in place.

  • Cut off the point at the bottom. The purpose of most funnels is to be able to pour something into it so that the contents can fit into a smaller opening. In order to do this, you must snip off the edge to create an opening at the bottom of the funnel

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not snip the end off the funnel if you want to make a cone. It's easy to convert a cone into a funnel but not so easy to make a funnel into a cone.
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