Back To School Traditions ~ Schultuete School Cones

by Destri on August 16, 2010

Are you looking for a fun tradition for back to school? How about a Schultuete, a German tradition that had been around since the early 1800’s?  In Germany a cone given to a child on their first day of school filled with sweets, trinkets and back to school supplies.  It’s no wonder this idea has stuck around for centuries!

I don’t know about you but my favorite part of Christmas is filling the stocking. Finding all sorts of fun and unique gifts to tuck inside. So while doing a little research on back to school traditions, the Germans took the cake!  There are articles all over the web talking of the cones, but I found this one to be the shortest and sweetest, if you’re interested.

Here is a picture I found on flickr with a young German girl and her Schultuete, and there are a bunch more fun ones here.

Traditionally the cone was only presented to a child that was first entering school, like kindergarten, but appears to have since expanded to involve all the school age kids in a household.  Such a fun way to make a big deal of something your older kids may not be to thrilled about :)!  My kids are too young (thank goodness) for school just yet so I thought I would make smaller cones for my nieces and nephews to help them usher in the new school year.  Here is the how to:

How To Make A Schultuete


  • paper – I used scrapbook paper for this cone, which runs a little bigger than standard card stock.  Poster board would be great for larger cones.
  • glue stick or staples
  • goodies to fill the cone
  • tissue paper
  • embellishments if you want to decorate the cone

I used a glue stick since my cones are smaller, but if you are making a larger cone you may want to use a stapler.

Roll the paper into a cone shape with the glue already applied and then let dry.

Of all the cones I saw the top was flat, but since I am lazy a rebel I left that little point alone. Do what makes you happy.

To embellish the cone I spelled out my nieces name with stickers and then tied on a little rickrack.  You could really go crazy with the decorating if you wanted, I even read where some kids decorate and make their own, so again, do what makes you happy.

I took my tissue paper, tore it half for the size of my cones and then folded it into a cone shape and put in the cone.  Now for the fun part….

All the back to school goodies!  I had to limit myself because I was buying to fill 7 cones, so I just bought a few fun basics and then threw in some hugs and kisses for good measure.  For the older kids I included some things for their lockers too.  Just stuff them in there!

Then I tied the top with some curly ribbon.  All done!

I can’t wait to do this for my kids, what a great way to start the school year, and a fun way to introduce them to a new culture and their traditions.

How about you?  Any fun traditions in your family?  Country?  I would love to hear them!


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