How to Make a German Paper Cone - Papiertuete

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    Making a Papiertuete Is Simple

    German-style paper cone
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    If you have been to Germany you may have noticed that at most of the open-air markets and many of the fruit stands, paper cones are used to carry fruit, nuts, candy, spices and almost anything else that is not pre-packaged but weighed at the counter.

    Children even receive "Schultueten" on their first day of school, filled with trinkets and candy.

    "Papiertueten" or "Spitztueten" (Paper cones and pointed cones, respectively) are very old and have been written about since the 1500s. They do not need to be glued to light items, but "Tueten kleben" (to glue bags) is a euphemism meaning to be in prison.

    Make your own German "Papiertueten" for gift giving or as a quick transportation device.

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    You Will Need a Rectangular Piece of Paper

    Fold your rectangle and make a point.
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    You may use an 8x10-inch piece of paper or larger for this project. The dimensions or ratio are not important, just that it is not a square.

    You may use newspapers for larger cones, or magazine pages or notebook paper for smaller cones. You may also use food-grade butcher paper for storing or selling small quantities of food.

    Make the first fold on the diagonal, lining up the sides of the paper as shown. This is also the first fold of a basic paper airplane.

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    Forming a Cone - Make a Second Fold

    Second fold
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    Fold the bottom of the rectangle up over the open end of the first fold. Catch 1/2 inch of the second layer of paper (see next step).

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    Catch Both Layers of Paper in the Second Fold

    Second fold close-up
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    This is a close up of the second fold showing both layers caught in the fold.

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    Turn Paper Cone Over for Third Fold

    Third told on paper cone
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    Turn the paper cone over and fold the tail that is sticking out over to form a spiral. You may tape or glue this for extra strength, but it is not required.

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  • 06 of 10

    Pick up the Cone and Open It

    Three dimensional paper cone
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    Now you can pick up your paper cone and open it up. The open edge opposite the fold has been folded over about a half an inch to stabilize the opening.

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  • 07 of 10

    Fill Your Paper Cone

    A paper cone filled with candied almonds.
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    You can fill your paper cone with anything that fits. It is not stable yet, because the top is not folded shut, so be sure and hold the bottom of the cone closed as you are filling it.

    Of course, if you have used tape or glue, the cone is already stable, but the beauty of this method is that you can package almost anything in the paper without ties or glue and it will not come undone! Be sure to click through to see how.

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    Closing Your Paper Cone

    Fold the long point of paper over the contents of the cone to close.
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    An 8x10 inch piece of paper will hold 4 to 8 ounces of candied almonds, up to about 1 cup of product.

    Fold the long top over your goodies as shown. It is helpful if it is folded over so much that it runs up the other side a bit (also shown).

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    Fold the Short Edge Over the Long Edge

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    Fold the short edge over the long edge as shown. Fold again or roll over to tighten the seal. Make several folds in the two left over, pointed ends to further stabilize your cone.

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    The End Product - a Sturdy Paper Cone

    A sturdy paper cone, a German style bag for goods
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    This paper cone made from notebook paper has no tape or glue but can hold a half a pound of candied almonds in it without falling apart.