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Make a Schultüte for Your Child’s First School Year

By Marie LeBaron

Back-to-School Schultüte

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 making 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
Schultute%20Supplies.jpgHow to make a Schultüte: 

1) 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.

2) Then I attached my Star Wars poster to the white poster using a glue stick.
3) 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.
4) With your glue stick, put some glue all around the outside of the cone, about one inch from the top.

5) 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.
6) 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.
7) 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 our affiliate, Amazon.

Find more Back-to-School Ideas here.

About the Author

Marie LeBaron

Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.


Marie is a crafty mama; you can find her at her daily site Make and Takes.

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  • natalie

    August 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

    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!!

  • suzanne

    August 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

    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.

  • Mackeran

    August 7, 2009 at 6:37 am

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

  • Lancelot

    August 7, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    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.

  • sara

    August 8, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    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”! 🙂

  • Nyki

    August 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    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.

  • Lisa

    August 9, 2009 at 8:54 am

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

  • Simply Delightful

    August 10, 2009 at 5:55 am

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

  • anna

    August 10, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    @suzanne That is so sweet! Your mom sounds awesome

  • Joyce

    August 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    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:(

  • Anonymous

    August 17, 2009 at 8:33 am

    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.

  • Lorraine Stark

    August 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    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

      August 19, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      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!

  • Lenetta @ Nettacow

    August 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    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!

  • Holly

    November 25, 2009 at 10:48 am

    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. [=

  • Martina

    November 28, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    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..=/

  • Anonymous

    May 25, 2014 at 7:18 am

    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.

  • Jill

    August 7, 2014 at 3:22 pm

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

  • avery

    April 28, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    i like it

  • Sherre

    August 2, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    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.