How to Make a Snow Cone Cup Using Paper, Scissors & Tape

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Snow cones are a fairground mainstay.
Snow cones are a fairground mainstay. (Image: SW Productions/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Blenders and snow-cone makers make it possible for us to enjoy refreshing snow cones at home. However, cups are often costly and made from hard plastic that is bad for the environment. Creating a cup out of paper reduces costs and harmful plastic waste. Two layers of wax or parchment paper can be rolled into a cup and taped into place before they are filled with crushed ice. Top the ice with fruit juice as a natural alternative to store-bought syrups, which can be filled with dyes and preservatives.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 sheets of wax or parchment paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Clear tape

Separate two sheets of wax or parchment paper from the roll, if they did not come in sheets. Lay one sheet of paper on a flat surface in front of you, wax side up. Place the other sheet on top of the first sheet, wax side up.

Cut the paper into two squares. The length of the sides is not important, but all four sides must be the same length. For example, if your sheet of wax paper is 15 inches wide and 24 inches long, the 24-inch side needs to be cut down 9 inches. Measure with a ruler to ensure accuracy.

Draw a straight diagonal line from the upper left corner of each square to the bottom right corner. Cut along the line to make two sets of triangles. Tape each set together along the two shorter sides. You now have four triangles.

Position one of the triangles in front of you with the right angle on your left, at the bottom, and the wax side up. Hold the right angle with your thumb on top and index finger underneath.

Make sure that the angle you are holding is straight in front of you. One of the other two angles of the triangle will be at your left, and one will be at your right. Grasp the angle on your right with your other hand. Roll it to the left, up and over the thumb holding the right angle. Then tuck the corner underneath your thumb and hold it. You should have a cone shape on the right side, with a flap on the left. The tip of the cone should be tight, with no gaps. If it isn't, bring the right-side angle farther.

Grasp the left angle, which is still loose, and wrap it around the outside of the cone until it joins the other two corners being held by your thumb. Tuck it under the thumb, making sure the the tip still has no gaps. Tape the seam.

Fold over the gathered corners being held under your thumb and tuck them down into the cup. Press along the fold with your fingers to create a smooth line that creates a smooth rim all the way around the cup. The cup is ready to be filled.

Tips & Warnings

  • Doubling the wax paper makes a sturdier cup; standard paper will become soggy too quickly.

References

  • "The Birthday Cake Book"; Dede Wilson; 2008
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