How to Package henna cones

This tutorial will show how to package the henna paste into henna cones.

We prepared our henna paste yesterday and let it rest for about 9 hours.  Now we are ready to package the henna into mylar cones for henna body art applications.

First you want to gather your supplies: fresh henna paste, pre-rolled mylar cones, a carrot bag, and a small cup or glass.  Catch the tutorial for how to roll your own mylar cones here 
You can also buy pre-rolled mylar cones on our website.  

You want your cup or glass to be big enough to have the carrot bag fit over the rim, but not too big, otherwise your carrot bag will not fit properly.

Next, you want to pick up your bowl of henna paste and slowly and carefully pour the henna into the carrot bag.  The paste will be thick so you want to use your spoon to carefully push the paste into the carrot bag.  Depending on the size of your carrot bag, you may need to do this in two parts. 

 Once you have your carrot bag full, you want to carefully remove it from the glass/cup and make a small cut at the bottom of the bag.  This will let you press the paste into the mylar cones.

You want to fill the mylar cones about 3/4 of the way to the top.  You need to leave the top 1/4 open so you can seal the cone eventually.

Continue to fill all the mylar cones.  Once you fill each cone, place them standing up in the cup/glass. Leave the cones standing so that they do not start leaking from the open end.  Gravity will help push the paste down as you fill the other mylar cones.   Fill all the mylar cones until you are out of paste.

Now that you have all your mylar cones filled, it's time to seal them. 

Pick up one cone and using your pointer and middle finger, put the top of the cone between your fingers and push the paste down to the bottom. 

You are now ready to start sealing the cone. 

This all has to be done in one setting.  Take the top of the cone and fold it diagonally.  Do this to both sides.

Fold over both sides and you will see a triangle formed at the top.  You may have some excess mylar, which you can trim with scissors, or you can fold over again. 
You now want to roll the triangle over towards the paste.

Take a piece of tape,and stick it on the cone. You can lay the cone flat on your table or counter to help you with this part. Tape the free end of the tape and stretch it over the rolled part of the mylar. Pulling the tape taut will help keep a tight cone.4

Now you want to make sure that your cone is secured. You will apply two more pieces of tape. One piece, you will apply to the top of the cone, horizontally. Make this piece of tape long so that you are able to pull down on it.

On the free ends of the tape, pull down and stick to the side of the cone. Pull it taut so that you have a tight cone to work with. Do this on both sides of the cone.
Finally, apply a piece of tape on the diagonal of the cone seam. This will ensure that you do not have leakage from the side of the cone. 

And you are done and ready to use your henna cone.
If you need to, make a small cut at the bottom of the cone. Make a small cut because if you make it too big, there is no going back!

Enjoy and Happy Hennaing!