Paper funnels can be used in a variety of crafts. You can use them for paper rockets, decorations, or party hats. Paper funnels do have a variety of uses and are fortunately easy to make. Once you've made the basic funnel, you can add extras and embellishments as you wish.
Method 1 of 3: Making a Paper Funnel with the Disc Method
Step 1. Make a disc out of paper
The height of the funnel is determined by the radius of the circle. The bigger the radius, the taller your funnel will be. You can print a circle image and trace its shape onto the paper you want. If you want to make your own disc, try to make a circle with a perfectly round shape.
- Improper measurements have a major impact on the final funnel result. Do your best to make a completely round circle.
- To make discs, you can also use a compass, or trace round objects, such as containers or lids.
Step 2. Make a triangular wedge
Make a triangular wedge that will intersect the two sides of the circle using the template. If you want to make your own triangle, make a mark in the center of the circle. Draw two straight lines from the center of the circle to make an incision with a ruler. If the lines are close together, the triangular wedge will be small and result in a funnel with a wide bottom.
- Use a protractor to find the center of the circle if you're not sure where the center point is. If you use a protractor to create a circle, you can save time by placing a mark in the center of the circle before you line the circle around it.
- You can also make your own triangular slices with a pencil and ruler.
Step 3. Cut out the triangular shape you made in the circle
If you want to make a funnel with a small bottom, make a large triangular wedge. Cut the triangular slices as straight as possible using scissors or a cutter. If something goes wrong while cutting, you may need to make a new circle.
Step 4. Join the two cut sides on the disc
To form a funnel, attach one end of the disc to the other until it forms a cone. Bring the two sides together and make sure the lower back overlaps evenly. This way, the disc will form the funnel you want.
- Open the paper and try again if the two cut sides don't fit together properly.
- Do not make strong creases on the paper. The funnel should be round.
Step 5. Secure the inside of the funnel by gluing it with tape
Once the two sides are glued together, the paper will form a funnel. Stick the tape on the inside of the funnel by overlapping the two sides. Once this is done, the funnel is ready to use.
The funnel will be firmly formed by attaching a straight, long strip of tape. Using a few pieces of tape attached to the inside of the funnel will make it look messy. Use one hand to apply the tape, and the other to hold the funnel
Method 2 of 3: Making a Paper Funnel with the Folding Method
Step 1. Make a wide triangle shape
If you don't like the disc method, make a funnel out of paper that is shaped into a triangle. In order to roll into a funnel properly, the triangle must have one long side, and 2 sides that are the same length, but are shorter. The bigger the triangle, the bigger the funnel you get. Do this carefully so that you can measure and cut the paper accurately.
- Minor mistakes make the funnel slanted, or even too short for tape.
- You can also do the same process by making a semicircle of paper. The semicircular shape results in a smoother top of the funnel.
- If you don't want to measure yourself, you can use a triangle template. Make sure to use a template with one long side and 2 shorter sides that are the same length.
Step 2. Roll the corner of the paper furthest to the center
Grasp one of the farthest corners, then roll it toward the center until the edges touch the center of the triangle. Use your other hand to grab the other corner of the paper and roll it up so that it covers the first corner. When you're done, you'll get a funnel.
- If you find it difficult to roll and hold the two corners of the paper together, your triangle may not be wide enough.
- The farthest angle is the opposite end of the wide triangle.
- Hold the roll of the first corner in place as you roll the other corner. One hand is used to hold one corner.
Step 3. Adjust the shape of the funnel
Unless the roll is in perfect condition, you may need to shift the paper a bit to make the funnel even. Tighten the roll fold as needed. If the roll creases from both corners feel uneven, you can try again from the beginning.
- If there is excess paper protruding from the funnel, the sheet of paper you created may be uneven. If this happens, you can continue the process by cutting off the excess paper using a cutter. As long as the bottom of the funnel is level, people won't know what you did wrong when you made it.
- This process can be done quite quickly. So you can do this several times until you get the perfect funnel.
Step 4. Fold the remaining edges into the funnel holes
The excess of the folded paper must be bent into the funnel. This helps to make the mouthpiece appear smoother, and makes the funnel folds stronger. If you roll the paper correctly, there should be at least one end of the triangle that needs to be bent inward.
- If for some reason there is no excess paper to bend inward, work around this problem by gluing tape along the bottom of the funnel, from the outside to the inside.
- Try pressing or loosening the handle on the funnel if the paper folds are not long enough.
Step 5. Stick the tape on the funnel
While the shape of the funnel is strong enough by bending the loose edges of the paper, you can strengthen the funnel even more by applying tape. Take the tape and stick it along the junction from the edge of the paper. If you think it's still not strong enough, apply another piece of tape across the top and center of the paper's edges. Once the tape is applied, you will have a funnel ready to use.
You can also apply tape to the loose edges of the paper
Method 3 of 3: Making a Special Purpose Paper Funnel
Step 1. Use appropriate paper
If you already know exactly what your funnel is for, this will be very helpful in deciding which material to use. Certain types of paper are better suited for certain projects than others.
- Printer paper is very suitable for decorative funnels. This paper can be colored or drawn at will.
- To make a party hat, a suitable material is construction paper (a kind of thick paper for crafts).
- Baking paper is a good option to use as a funnel for baking.
Step 2. Cut the end of the funnel
If you want to make a paper cone that you will use for baking, you will need a funnel. Use scissors to cut the end of the funnel. From the hole, you can control how much icing or syrup is needed by pressing the funnel.
If the hole is not large enough, you can cut it again. Remember, the higher you cut the funnel, the bigger the hole you get. Make the cuts carefully and in control
Step 3. Draw a pattern on the funnel
If you want to make a funnel to use as a party hat or decoration, draw a pattern to make the funnel more interesting. Draw something using a marker or crayon pencil. Some types of patterns (such as jagged edges or circles) are great for funnels, but you can add words as well. On a party hat or dunce cap, writing a few words (eg "Happy Birthday") can be useful for establishing the purpose of the funnel.
- Make a pattern using a pencil first if you are afraid of making mistakes.
- To make the process easier, it's a good idea to make a pattern on paper that hasn't been shaped into a funnel.
Step 4. Look for ideas for additional inspiration
There are various ways to decorate a paper funnel. While you'll still have to come up with your own ideas, you can get inspiration from creative funnels that other people have created. Experiment with applying various funnel-making techniques. Decorate the funnel with new ingredients. The options in making crafts are always endless.
- The more you practice, the better your funnel will be. The more funnels you make, the better the results.
- Use printer paper.