Make a Schultüte for Your Child’s First School Year



Back-to-School Schultüte
By Marie LeBaron
There are many ways to get your kids excited and ready for the new school year. As my oldest is going into First Grade this year (I can’t believe he’s already in 1st grade), I thought it would be fun to make him a Schultute. A Schultüte, or school cone, is a German tradition where parents give their child going into their first year of school one of these giant cones filled with school supplies and treats. So as my son is going into his “first” year of school, I’ve made him this giant Schultüte, Star Wars of course, can you tell he likes Star Wars?!
Supplies for a Schultüte:
* poster board or large cardstock paper
* scissors
* glue stick
* heavy tape, I used packing tape
* Decorations: I used a Star Wars poster to cover the poster board, but it could be decorated with paint, crayons, paper, stickers, whatever you think your child might like.
* tissue paper
* ribbon
First, you’ll want to cut the poster board into the shape of a large triangle. I also cut my Star Wars poster the same size too. Then I attached my Star Wars poster to the white poster using a glue stick.
You’re ready to roll it up to form the cone. Then using the packing tape, seal the edges together. I used regular scotch tape to hold the cone closed until I used the heavy tape to seal it all together.
With your glue stick, put some glue all around the outside of the cone, about one inch from the top. Then holding the cone straight between your legs, attach the folded in half tissue paper to the outside of the cone. The first tissue paper didn’t make it all the way around, so I used two sheets of tissue paper.
Fill the Schultüte with your goodies for your child. I put in colored pencils, a notebook, his favorite candy M&Ms, and a few other things that he might need for school.
Then tie the tissue up with ribbon to seal it off and keep the contents hidden! Now it’s ready to give to my son on his first day of school!
**For another version of a smaller style Schultüte, visit our friend Zakka Life.

Also, if you’re not the crafty kind or *cough* can’t fit *cough* this project into your schedule, you can find unfilled Schultütes for sale at Magic Cabin

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20 Responses to “Make a Schultüte for Your Child’s First School Year”

  1. natalie Aug 06 at 9:37 am Reply Reply

    Thanks I am a german girl and had my first Schultüte and hope my kids (when we have them) will love it as much as I did!!

  2. suzanne Aug 06 at 10:40 am Reply Reply

    My mom made me a big layer cake and let me eat it for breakfast and after-school snack on my first day of kindergarten! I still remember how thrilled I was.

  3. Mackeran Aug 07 at 6:37 am Reply Reply

    I liked it. So much useful material. I read with great interest.

  4. Lancelot Aug 07 at 3:59 pm Reply Reply

    My wife just started a company to introduce this tradition to the U.S. We love the idea of making them by hand, but realize that the convenience factor is big here. KinderCone includes a journal that children can complete as they go through their first year, Karli the cat, a plush toy that is the companion/buddy in the book, pencils, tattoos and a bookmark. The cones are handmade in Germany of recycled paper and have a hanging loop to make them easy to store. Of course, adding your own gift can make it personal and we hope that they will be used year after year to make the first day special every year…like a stocking for Christmas. She sells small craft cones that can be decorated and the large KinderCones empty as well. Check out the video on YouTube.

  5. sara Aug 08 at 4:56 pm Reply Reply

    what’s that mickey mouse thing?
    I LOVE this idea. It’s very sweet and I’m sure your son will be excited about it. What a fun way to start your first day of “real school”! :)

  6. Nyki Aug 08 at 9:30 pm Reply Reply

    I love it! I am so making one of these for my little guy when he starts school! I think I will try it with felt for something that is reusable and folds up for storage.

  7. Lisa Aug 09 at 8:54 am Reply Reply

    Aww, that’s an awesome idea! You have one lucky little boy. :)

  8. Simply Delightful Aug 10 at 5:55 am Reply Reply

    I have never heard of these before, but what a great way to celebrate the first day and make it more memorable and fun.

  9. anna Aug 10 at 8:14 pm Reply Reply

    @suzanne That is so sweet! Your mom sounds awesome

  10. Joyce Aug 12 at 12:10 pm Reply Reply

    What a great idea, I’ve always given my daughter first day of school gifts and a small party (usually pizza for the night before) She is starting her senior year this year:(

  11. Anonymous Aug 17 at 8:33 am Reply Reply

    I am a teacher who makes these for my Kindergarten students. I lived in Germany for years and loved this tradition. I wanted to make smaller ones, and have an idea now – I had been using poster board . This year it will be card stock.

  12. Lorraine Stark Aug 19 at 12:45 pm Reply Reply

    We homeschool, and I’ve been trying to think of ways to make our first day “back to school” a more fun and positive day. I think my son will love this and I can’t wait to get one made up. Thank you!

    • kristin Aug 19 at 2:13 pm Reply Reply

      A great idea would be to get some of those birthday party cone hats and you could just fill them without having to do any assemby!

  13. Lenetta @ Nettacow Aug 30 at 2:11 pm Reply Reply

    This is a GREAT idea – and I have to say, I’d be tempted to do it every year as a fun way of bringing out the new school supplies. I linked to it on my weekly link roundup (post is under my name). Thanks for sharing!

  14. Holly Nov 25 at 10:48 am Reply Reply

    when we lived in germany i helped a little kid make theirs.this year in high school i’m going to make it for a german i needed the steps to start it. thanks for the details. [=

  15. Martina Nov 28 at 5:07 pm Reply Reply

    We moved to the US right before I started first grade. Now almost 20 years later its still one of my best childhood memories when my mom and Oma handed me my School Cone and next year Ill be carrying on the tradition with my little girl. Thanks for the info! I thought I was going to have to buy one over there and ship it..=/

  16. Anonymous May 25 at 7:18 am Reply Reply

    I’m an American teacher in Germany. We make these each year for our Kinders and we use children’s birthday party hats and staple the tissue paper on them. Kids love them.

  17. Jill Aug 07 at 3:22 pm Reply Reply

    This is just a neat tradition. Still remember when I got mine in Germany. Will definately make one for our son next year

  18. avery Apr 28 at 1:41 pm Reply Reply

    i like it

  19. Sherre Aug 02 at 2:26 pm Reply Reply

    My American daughter started 1st grade in Germany, where we learned this tradition. That first year, I made tutes for the teachers too (tea and chocolate, a little flower vase, a lace hankie) that were so appreciated. This year, 16 years later, my daughter is going off to study abroad (Spain) for her last year of college. She will get a big tute with pre-paid phone and Visa card, tissues (we’ll both cry), a guitar pick (she vows to learn classic Spanish guitar), aspirin (to keep between her knees, like my dad taught me), printed pictures of the dog and family and friends… Ideas on what else she will need? Thanks for any help.

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