Make Cute Ice Cream Cone Sleeves for Your Next Party

06/04/2014 at 12:02 PM ET

How to make ice cream cone sleeves
Anna Hezel

Is there anything more summery and nostalgic than an ice cream party?

You take one classic, indulgent summer treat, place it center stage, and create a whole event around it. Often, though, when I’m tempted to host an ice cream party, my mind goes the way of melty messes. I fret about dripping ice cream and soggy cones and sticky hands.

As it turns out, the solution to this problem is absurdly simple and can double as a party decoration: DIY paper ice cream cone sleeves. There’s very little to making them, but the results go a long way. The sleeves keep the whole operation tidy, preventing the cones from getting sticky and soggy, and they make each ice cream cone unique.

How to make ice cream cone sleeves
Anna Hezel

All it takes is a pack of origami paper, some scissors, and tape. This is a great project to involve kids in; you could even have them create their own origami patterns on squares of white paper.

How to make ice cream cone sleeves
Anna Hezel

Supplies:

— Pack of origami paper, 6 x 6-inch
— Scissors
— Scotch tape
— Package of sugar cones

Instructions:

Measure four inches from the corner of one of your sheets of origami. Using a compass or a small round plate, sketch a curved edge at this four-inch mark, so that you wind up with a quarter of a circle drawn around the corner of the paper.

How to make ice cream cone sleeves
Anna Hezel

Cut this out and use it to trace the same shape in the opposite corner of the sheet of paper.

How to make ice cream cone sleeves
Anna Hezel

Wrap each quarter-circle around the point of an ice cream cone, forming a cone of paper, and secure with about half an inch of tape. Scoop yourself some ice cream, and enjoy.

How to make ice cream cone sleeves
Anna Hezel

—Anna Hezel

This article was originally published on Food52, a site that brings cooks together to share recipes, ideas and support.

FILED UNDER: Dessert , Expert Tips , Home , Ice Cream

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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