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Holding Patterns

Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2007

Instead of a traditional flower-girl basket, why not try a paper cone? Besides being inexpensive, it can be tailored to complement the flowers or your littlest attendant's dress. We filled a patterned cone with rose petals and paired it with a pale yellow gown. To make one, simply roll, tape, punch with holes, and attach ribbon (our trimming is vintage ombre rayon). It's so easy, older flower girls can even help with the doing before they start strewing. Dress by Bella Bliss.

 

What You'll Need
8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of printed paper
Double-sided tape
Scallop scissors
Small hole punch
One 14-inch-long, 5-millimeter ribbon
Two 6-inch-long, 5-millimeter ribbons

Paper Cone How-To
1. Lay a piece of 8 1/2-by-11-inch paper, printed side down, on work surface; place double-sided tape down entire length of one short side. Twist top corner of other short side toward tape strip.

2. Curl paper to form a cone, gently pressing sides together to stick.

3. With scallop scissors, trim the top of the cone.

4. With a hole punch, create two holes 1/2 inch from the scalloped edge and 1/4 inch apart. Repeat on opposite side.

5. Thread one end of 14-inch-long ribbon out and back in; tie a knot on the inside of cone. Thread the other end out and back through the two holes on opposite side, to create a looped handle; again, tie a knot on inside of cone.

6. Thread a 6-inch-long piece of ribbon through holes on one side of the cone, so that the ends are on the outside; tie a bow, and trim ends. Repeat on opposite side.