Okay so you may be asking, why would I ever make a cone tray. What exactly is the purpose of a cone tray? Where would you use a cone tray? These are valid questions. These are the same questions Justin asked when I informed him I wanted to make one. He still eyes it suspiciously, but I’m telling you once you have one it makes the world make sense.
In case you aren’t sold on why this diy is great, here are a few reasons why I think everybody needs a cone tray:
- If you ever are serving ice cream cones at a party or bbq and have to serve more than two. Actually more than one. What do you do with the first one while you scoop? Where should you put it? Where is the kid that asked for it? Where is the rest of the party helpers? Why are you alone hold a dripping ice cream cone and ruining your sundress by using your body as an extra hand while you scoop? This is a real life issue, and the cone tray solves everything.
- Say you’re having a movie night and you want to serve popcorn. But you want everybody to have their own. But you don’t want to give everybody their own bowl (hello, who does those dishes after?) or make like 6 different bags of popcorn. It’s chaos. It’s anarchy. It’s why you need to learn how to make paper cones and serve popcorn in them – ON YOUR CONE TRAY.
- Say you want an adorable display of confetti throwing madness, so you make some pretty paper cones and put confetti in them but then want to serve them butler-style to your guests because everything is more fun that way – cone tray.
- Say you make better choices than I do and serve fruit in waffle cones like a grown up – how cute would those look on a special tray?
- Rose petals!
- All of the above with different varieties of food because I’m incredibly creative and can play this game forever.
I’m going to go ahead and assume you’re convinced now. This is how you can make your own.
First, you need a piece of wood. I made mine very spontaneously. As in, imagine me sitting somewhere, thinking instantly I need a cone tray, and then insisting on making it that minute with no special supplies. I’m super fun to be around. Anyways because of that I used leftover floor hardwood. Honestly though any piece of wood would work.
You also need a hole saw. I didn’t know what this was, but it’s like a hole drill bit you put on the end of the saw. Make sure you pick one with a diameter the fits a standard size cone.
You can choose a design that works for you. I decided to make a bunch of holes on a relatively wide piece because I’m generally having groups of people over at a time. A more realistic number of holes would maybe be 4 or 5. I’ve never been a realistic person.
Anyways, have a grown up (haha) drill the holes for you if you aren’t familiar with a hole saw. I find them super confusing so Justin did it. That, and plus I’m not allowed to use power tools in our house after a minor infraction. So unfair.
After you drill the big holes, use a relatively large bit to make two holes on either side for your handles.
I used this pretty burlap-esque ribbon with polka dots because it was too sweet, and I painted my tray white because I figured it matched everything. But you can do whatever makes you happy.
And that’s that! It really is a useful project, promise!