Remember how I said last time that anything to do with weddings is seen as an excuse for vastly inflated prices? That's definitely true of confetti cones too. I was always quite keen to make these myself, particularly once I realized that, like buying a wedding cake from M&S or Waitrose, you always had to do the hard part (the assembly) yourself. If you bought confetti cones at vast expense from the internet, they normally arrive flatpack and you would still have to do some complex origami to turn them into 3D receptacles for your beautiful confetti.
So you might as well just make them from start to finish, thereby saving yourself yet more cash which you can put towards better food, more booze or another night of honeymoon. Plus you won't end up in the ludicrous situation where your aunty runs around collecting all the used cones from the floor because they cost £6 per pack and she can't bear for them to be chucked away after 10 seconds of use (NB: this actually happened at a wedding I attended).
As you can see from these pictures, we had a bit of a "white lace theme" for our wedding. I know that sounds incredibly pretentious and/or precious but please try not to gag - all I mean by that is that my dress and the bridesmaid dress had white lace details, we had white paper "lace" bunting hung around the garden and we used lace to wrap the bouquets. In a stroke of genius of which I am very proud, I therefore made the confetti cones out of paper doilies - cheapo cheapo, really easy and, I think, incredibly pretty. Look at these! I think they looked gorgeous.
I made them one evening in front of the telly a couple of weeks before the wedding, and it took me an hour or so to make around 100. We used a variety of normal, big-plate sized doilies which I simply cut in half, rolled into hand-sized cones and stuck together with a stripe of pritt stick along the "seam". I didn't mind too much if they were slightly different sizes and widths, but if you wanted uniformity you could always make a mould out of cardboard or something. We then got a big basket, spread the bottom with shredded white tissue paper (so that the cones would stand up straight, not flop around on the base of the basket) and wiggled the cones into the shred so that they stood up, ready to receive the confetti. Easy peasy, practically free and extremely pretty, if I say so myself.
The main thing here, though, is the method. I loved the doilies - they were really one of my favourite wedding details - but you could use any pretty paper or card and just cut them into circles, then roll and stick. I'd say bear two points in mind: a) you might want them to look pretty on the inside of the cone as well as the outside, so consider double-sided paper/card, and b) the cone will need enough structural integrity to stand up straight to hold the petals (so just tissue paper alone wouldn't be strong enough). Other than that, the world and the stationery section of Paperchase would be your oyster.
Here they are in use with some of that white lace bunting behind. So there you go, incredibly easy. I should point out that, as with the confetti, the cake, the flowers on the dinner tables and my home made veil, I didn't just turn to DIY because it was cheaper (although it was) - I chose to do it because I loved having elements of the day which were personal and meaningful. They were hand made with love, totally personal and totally unique. Plus, I will immodestly say it again. Look how pretty they are! I loved them.